The theme of this year’s show champions the benefits of greening-up our grey spaces as part of the Greening Grey Britain campaign. Features in the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden for Health, Happiness and Horticulture, designed by leading garden designer and BBC presenter Ann-Marie Powell, are providingpractical ideas for visitors to take Chelsea home,especially to make their gardens a haven of health and happiness. Her design will be rebuiltÂ in Angell Town, Brixton after the show.
This theme is incorporated in several other designs this year. Chris Beardshawâ€™s collaboration with Morgan Stanley, The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital,Â has produced a unique Show Garden that will be relocated to the heart of the hospital as a therapeutic space for parents. Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch have designed The Garden Bed as a green space for hospice patients.
Also as part of our Greening Grey Britain campaign, we brought together an expert panel to discuss how we can green more front gardens at the Front Garden Summit. Speakers at the debate included gardening personality Alan Titchmarsh, planting designer Nigel Dunnett, and Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Trudi Elliott.