First glimpse of RHS Chelsea Flower Show hospitality area Jardin Blanc

Details of the new hospitality area at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have now been made public, with a menu created by chef Raymond Blanc.

Le Potager, the entrance to Jardin Blanc. Image: Supplied
Le Potager, the entrance to Jardin Blanc. Image: Supplied

Guests will enter Jardin Blanc through concentric planted circles that frame Le Potager, a French-style ornamental vegetable and kitchen garden. A floating wooden pathway marks the start of a winding sensory journey through rows of planted herbs, vegetables and wildflower beds.

Hidden in the shrubbery are speaking benches, with recordings of stories and poems retold by Blanc. Guests will then come across The Greenhouse, an exterior bar and kitchen. Traditional glass flower presses frame the space and contain an installation of pressed gin botanicals.

Seasonal food and "fresh and modern spring dishes" will dominate the menu, with guests encouraged to pick their own herbs from table terrariums to garnish the food. A Wildflower Garden will act as Jardin Blanc's "social hub" with cocktails and games such as petanque on offer. The Queen Elizabeth II Suite is also available for private parties.

Jardin Blanc Hospitality and the Queen Elizabeth II Suite is a new partnership between the RHS, Sodexo and Raymond Blanc, chef patron to the two-Michelin star Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire.

Blanc said: "The RHS is a standard bearer of excellence in horticulture, while the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is arguably the most extraordinary gardening event in England - possibly the world.

"As for me, I've always been in love with gardens; there, the colourful plants will flourish and the heritage vegetables will grow. From the garden, my gastronomy is born. Each season brings its drama and its own beauty.

"In partnership with the RHS and Sodexo, I truly look forward to designing a space, menu and experience that will delight and embrace our guests."

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