RHS announces Chelsea 2014 gardens

Charlotte Rowe
Charlotte Rowe

The RHS has announced its 15 show gardens, and revealed other details of the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

As reported by Horticulture Week, a World War One theme is prominent.

The Soldier's Charity's ‘No Man’s Land’ garden and Help For Heroes garden, as well as a Birmingham City Council display and DialaFlight artisan garden all reference the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.

Both the Soldier's Charity garden (Charlotte Rowe) and the Help for Heroes plot (Matt Keightley) are designed by Chelsea debutantes. Help for Heroes' garden, sponsored by the Havisham Group, will be in the shape of the Military Cross, the decoration for extreme bravery awarded since 1914.
After the show, the garden, which includes an avenue of hornbeam trees, will be rebuilt at a recovery centre run by Help for Heroes in the garrison town of Colchester, Essex.
Birmingham City Council will also have a WWI commemorative display in the show’s Great Pavilion.
It will feature two WWI bi-planes, a four foot-high poppy sculpture and trenches visitors can walk through.
This year’s event will also see David Rich, 23, become Chelsea’s youngest ever professional designer of a show garden.

He and brother Harry Rich, 26, are creating ‘Vital Earth The Night Sky garden’ for Bord na Mona.

Designer Cleve West is favourite to make it a hat-trick of ‘Best in Show’ awards in 2014 with his garden for investment house M&G after triumphing two years running.

His winning design last year included stone sentinels holding up intricate iron gates that led onto an enormous 300-year-old mill head mounted on a wall.

Former RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year Hugo Bugg, 26, is designing for the Royal Bank of Canada.

Other competing designers include Matthew Childs (for Brewin Dolphin), Luciano Giubbilei (Laurent Perrier), Adam Frost (Homebase) and Andrew Wilson (Cloudy Bay).

Paul Hervey-Brooks is designing for BrandAlley, Del Buono Gazerwitz for the Daily Telegraph, Patrick Collins for First Touch, Stoke-on-Trent Bartholomew Landscaping Partnsership and Massachutsetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

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