JamJar Flowers’s transformation of the London Gate at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show is utterly magical! Huge congratulations to JamJar founder Melissa Richardson (left) and director Amy Ireland (right).
They’ve chosen a theatrical theme for this iconic entrance to Chelsea, one of the greatest garden shows on earth, and have ‘draped’ the gate with a pair of living green curtains created using bee-friendly herbs and flowers. Hung from the top of the gates is a pelmet of roses, clematis and jasmine. And the curtains are tied back with a mixture of heucheras.
Starting with the roadside view, hundreds of plants, many of them grown from seed, locally at Slade Gardens, a community garden in Stockwell, grow nestled in the curtain folds.
At the base of the curtains, there are planted foxgloves, geums, wallflowers, rambling roses and heucheras in a wonderful colour palette of pale apricot and marmalade tones. They’re complemented by the striking blues and purples of forget-me-nots, nepeta and aquilegias. And look out too for the pretty clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers of Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’, which provide an ethereal feel.
Scented herbs used include majoram, thyme, mint and sage with an irrigation system ensuring they receive ample hydration throughout the week.
On the other side of the gate, soft pink Albertine roses add to the quintessential English country garden vibe.
JamJar Flowers & Urban Growth
JamJar Flowers are collaborating with Urban Growth, a company dedicated to creating community gardens in urban areas. All the Chelsea plants will be donated and replanted back into the community gardens at Slade Gardens, plus other community gardens and schools in South London. So London bees will continue to be provided with nectar all summer long!
It was such a pleasure for me personally to meet florists Melissa and Amy for the first time yesterday as part of their press event for the show. I loved seeing their stunning installation for Chelsea, plus hear about both their floral journeys to date. If you’d like to discover more about JamJar Flowers, simply pop over to their website.
And in the meantime, look out for Part 2 very shortly, together with lots more coverage over the coming week of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
P.S. Update: Here’s a link to Part 2.
(Images: Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)