Chelsea Flower Show
May 22-30th, 2007


May 22nd, Tuesday

Our guests were met upon arrival at the airport and taken to their hotel, the NH Harrington Hall Hotel - a wonderful 4 star located in the exclusive Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We met later on this evening for our Welcome dinner.

May 23rd, Wednesday Private Gardens Visit

After breakfast, we headed over to the Museum of Garden History and had time to wander around the garden, enjoy a cup of coffee and take pictures. The Tradescants are buried here and you can see the tradescania blooming its little heart out. I was taken with the old garden implements…in fantastic shape. Look at that ceramic watering can – it must have weighed a ton when filled, and the wardian cases…gosh, I could have brought it all home with me! I was also very pleased to see a wonderful picture of Gertrude Jekyll there as well. We boarded the coach for our first day together visiting 4 very special private gardens under the National Gardens Scheme. Most gardens which open for the Scheme are privately owned and open just a few times each year. More than £20 million has been donated to charity since the NGS began in 1927.

Just take a peek at the pictures of the beautiful gardens we had the pleasure of visiting today…there is nothing that compares to being in a garden!

Two gardens are opposite each other in the same road in Clapham. Our first visit is to a country garden in London with a central maple tree surrounded by innovative paving. Many alliums, tulips and spring woodlanders.

Our second visit is to a walled garden with formal layout softened by colour-themed planting. Mediterranean-inspired terrace with many interesting pots. There is a huge collection of clematis and climbing roses.

Our third garden is in Wimbledon, south-east facing with fine specimen trees, informal layout and good ground cover planting. The new herb garden, designed by Judith Sharpe, is raised using bricks to match the house and features an armillary sphere sundial which bears significant family dates and events.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a local restaurant in Wimbledon before heading to our fourth garden, Springfield Lodge, where they had cakes and drinks for us and we wandered around…what a delightful day we all enjoyed…

To read about the NGS

We returned to our hotel for dinner this evening where we will chat about our day at Chelsea and go through the Chelsea programme.







  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row