Chelsea gardens to embrace nature

The austere times have prompted some more nature-orientated gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, according to garden designer and Chelsea judge Andrew Fisher Tomlin.

Speaking at an awareness-raising event for gardening charity Thrive in Battersea Park, Fisher Tomlin said the recession had hit the way some designers would present their gardens.

"Chelsea is often where new market trends start but this year we will see some designers actually following the market," he said.

He added that there was a move away from showy gardens to those incorporating elements of nature and said this trend would be reflected at the Chelsea show.

He predicted visitors to the show would see lots of new ideas for growing in small spaces, community gardens and vertical walls.


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