Chelsea Flower Show 2019 Trend Report
Selina Lake, author, stylist and columnist, shares her inspirations from this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 with the 10 Garden Style Trends she spotted at the show.
This year I had a unique view of the show as for the first time I played a small part in it, Alitex the company who specialise in beautiful Victorian style greenhouses commissioned me to style their Trade show stand on main avenue. They were showcasing a large bespoke lean to greenhouse and a smaller one called the Scotney and I designed two style themes to decorate them with, Entomology for the smaller one and Floral Party for the large one. Working at the show ground and with Alitex has been a career highlight, I had the pleasure of watching the show gardens come together and to meet some of my gardening heros including the lovely Rich Brothers http://www.richlandscapes.net and Danish TV Gardener and Author Claus Dalby http://www.clausdalby.dk . See more images from this project via my instagram @selinalake
Alitex Trade Stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
Photos by Julia Currie Photography
Styling by Selina Lake assisted by Sarah Prall
While at the show I had time to look around and marvel at all the show gardens, exhibits and displays and I’ve put together a RHS Chelsea 2019 Trend Report exclusively for Modern Gardens Magazine.
The London gate was decorated with seasonal herbs, insect-friendly plants with bees made from real flowers. Through this grand entrance guests were invited to step into the magical world of RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This bespoke floral design was created by Jam Jar Flowers. http://www.jamjarflowers.co.uk Bees appeared through-out the show which will hopefully highlight the importance of our buzzing garden companions.
Bright & Colourful
One of my favourites from last years show I was excited to see June in March’s stunning work again on the decorated St Germain’s vintage truck. The theme this year was full of vibrant colours, mixing sunny yellow, pops of bright pink and peachy oranges with a vibrant mix of plants and flowers including wisteria, bougainvillea, hydrangeas and roses.
FUN FUN FUN
The Grand Pavillon played host to this Fuchsia display by https://www.roualeynfuchsias.co.uk
It certainly delivered the fun factor with the fairground carousel theme and flashing festoon lights.
The giant RHS letters are a fixture at many of the RHS shows, the theme that wrapped round them at RHS Chelsea 2019 is Wild Walls an installation by Tattie Rose Flowers which celebrates wild plants and flowers and celebrated the beauty of the untamed.
I used bespoke neon signs by https://loveincltd.co.uk in both the Alitex greenhouses I styled and neons cropped up around the show from Tom Dixon’s ‘Gardening will save the World’ garden for IKEA to this display on the Wayward plants display. House of wayward plants was the official refuse partner for the show, rehoming thousands of plants and tones of hard landscaping materials each to hundreds of community groups and schools.
One of the most popular gardens at the show was of course the RHS Back to Nature garden co-designed by The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton with landscape architects Andrée Davis and Adam White of Davis White. The Garden focused on celebrating nature and nurture with a woodland theme, featuring fun activities and features for children and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees. The Treehouse was inspired by a bird’s nest and is made from all natural materials.
An urn is a classic garden planter and vessel for flower arranging, I loved this oversized floral design by Tremendous Dew for the Wedgewood Tea Conservatory which mixed classic cottage garden flowers like roses, foxgloves and astantia with forged foliage branches, on-trend cafe au last dahlias and pink acroclinium flowers which also fit into the current dried flowers trend.
This understated ‘Come what May’ installation in the Grand Pavilion by Festoon was delicate, elegant and kept drawing me back to it. Festoon founder Charlotte Smithson is the creator, inspired by the countryside she used seasonal flowers, foliage, meadow grasses and seed heads arranged in suspended test tube vases to create this botanical display.
My favourite plant at the show, seen on many of the show gardens was the iris, Cayeux Irisis had this stunning Dusky peach one on displayed called Succes Fou in the Grand Pavilion and dusky peachy tones also appeared throughout the planning scheme in the gorgeous Wedgewood Garden by Jo Thompson. https://www.iris-cayeux.com/gb/
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show simply wouldn’t be Chelsea without a full on hit of beautiful blooming flowers as mentioned I adopted this theme for my styling commission on the Alitex Greenhouse Stand on main avenue, turning a large Sussex Emerald greenhouse into a space to party in floral style.
Selina Lake will be at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on Thursday 4th July hosting a garden styling talk and demo sharing her tips for styling the garden using gardenalia and plants to decorate, demonstrating how to be more natural, sustainable and plastic-free in the garden. Find her at the Festival Stage.
* Trend Photos by Selina Lake