Each springtime, London explodes with vibrant colours and scents with the world’s greatest flower show. During the five days in Chelsea, the show welcomes an extensive guest list from The Royal Family including The Queen herself, celebrities from all industries and the average everyday avid gardener.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Showoffers a chance to delve into the luxuries of complex and cutting edge garden designs and fabulous floral displays. It is the best kind of shopping experience for the fierce green fingers of the nation.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has run every spring since 1862, and it is held at the Royal Hospital Grounds where there is an eruption of excitement every year. The show allows England’s nurseries and growers to showcase their best species and for designers to work their creative magic into the grounds.
For the first time in its 108 year history, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was postponed in 2020 and presented virtually due to Covid-19, but finally made a return in its fullest form on the 21st-26th September 2021. Featured this year were new categories including modern-day living featuring balcony gardens, houseplant studios and container gardens where there is no more natural way of growing plants in the constrained space you have.
Separate from the feature gardens, the opportunity to explore the great pavilion, which showcases flowers from all over the world in bloom, and is also a place where you can discover more about the recent innovations and development in the world of horticulture. Located on the RHS ‘Mains2Rains’ stand was our GreenBlue Urban SuDs permeable paving/rain garden model clearly showing how ‘slowing the flow’ with water in gardens can be a natural solution.
Our working SuDS model within a garden setting demonstrated how the GreenBlue Urban ArborCell unit (a load-bearing stormwater cell module) is designed for water attenuation and distribution. With benefits such as 92% void ratio, high load-bearing capacity and 100% recycled plastic, this product is a win in storing water below ground.
SuDS interventions – sustainable drainage systems – need to implement in the early design process, taking into account environmental impact assessments. The heart of every successful garden is the soil. Even the tiniest green space can help as any rainwater management in gardens means potable water is used more sustainably. This usually results in healthier plants with less effort, more carbon capture and reducing our reliance on water utilities – which ultimately reduces our emissions from water treatment plants.
23,000pints of Pimms are sold at The Chelsea Flower Show during five days!
With the fast-approaching COP26 conference in Glasgow, the topic of Climate change has never been so important to our landscaping industry; it is us who need to push for change and have the ability to provide the means for implementation. With climate change weather events being experienced globally ranging from water shortages and extreme heat to devastating flooding events, it is essential to utilise your garden wisely – from design to planting.
This year the show at Chelsea has taken up ecological and social concerns; for example, banning limestone and rainforest timber, and encouraged the youth of today to show their emerging creative skills.
GreenBlue Urban hope to see you at next years show and wish all of the 200+ staff that allowed this year’s show to be such a huge success the very best: we would like to raise a ‘pint of Pimms to a triumphant 2021 show week.