Taking a little break from my RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage, I thought I’d start off today with images from this year’s Chelsea in Bloom. The theme is ‘Carnival’ inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and the competition was judged by RHS judges Julia Ryde and Paul Hervey-Brookes, alongside Sasha Wilkins of Liberty London Girl.
BEST FLORAL DISPLAY
Monica Vinader was crowned overall winner with a design created in partnership with Neeva Jay Flowers. The display was inspired by the traditional Brazilian carnival flag bearers. It features a two-metre high mannequin, whose dress is adorned in vibrant plants with a train of flowers cascading to the floor.
Designed by Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design, La Perla‘s display received the Highly Commended Award. It features a tree-like installation, with orange, blue and purple satin ribbons encompassing a flock of birds taking off from the front of the Sloane Street store.
The Innovation Award was awarded to Sarah Chapman for this floral installation designed by Lynfa Jenkin at Little Lake Flowers. It includes flowers such as proteas, roses, carnations and chrysanthemums contrasting with succulents to create a lovely geometric pattern, which is inspired by the technology behind Sarah’s signature skincare line, Skinesis.
PEOPLE’S CHAMPION AWARD
Many congratulations to Liz Earle and florist Willow Crossley for winning the People’s Champion Award! It was my personal favourite this year and here are some of the photos which I took when I visited the store on Tuesday.
Below are some more of the entries…
If you’d like to see the rest of the entries, simply head over to the Chelsea in Bloom website.
And there’s still time, today and tomorrow, to go and see all the 36 designs in person. Make your way to Sloane Square and there you’ll find an Information Point. You can either walk the tour guided by your Chelsea in Bloom map, which you can pick there, or enjoy a rickshaw ride around the area. It’s definitely well worth a look around!
(Images : Red Consultancy | Liz Earle Images by Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)