I’m delighted to feature images of the NAFAS Gold Medal winning exhibit at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Many congratulations to the team behind the design, the Three Counties and South Wales Area!
Titled ‘Victorian Revival, The Past Returns’, the exhibit tells the story of the popularity and interest in gardens and landscapes in the Victorian era. Victorian plant hunters brought back plants which fired a passion for gardens indoors.
The repeal of the glass tax in 1845 encouraged the development of the Victorian Conservatory to a wider range of homes and it became an important part of their lifestyle, providing a different atmosphere not experienced within the formal rooms of the home.
The Conservatory became part of the social scene and gave women the opportunity to become skilled in flower arranging and horticulture. Plants were grown specifically for arrangements and in 1861, the RHS for the first time held a flower arrangement competition.
Drawing inspiration from iconic Victorian styles and plant materials, the NAFAS team has created such a spectacular design with astonishing attention-to-detail!
Many congratulations to the Design Team – Katherine Kear, Judy Aldridge, Adrian Cooke, Pat Crane, Elizabeth Graham, Katharine Lee and Donald Morgan.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)