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Integrating the indoors with the outdoors

taken to extremes at RHS Chelsea
by RHS
May 16, 2010

Opposite ends of the same spectrum are being pushed to extremes at the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show; bringing the great outdoors and plants galore inside and taking the indoors and home comforts outside into the garden.

Providing a number of ‘first times’ at RHS Chelsea, from wet bars, showers and fire places in gardens to kitchens taken over by orchids, walls papered with artificial grass and a living office, designers are pushing boundaries to integrate the indoors with the outdoors.

Making the best of your life outdoors is being taken to another level at the 2010 show. In the lavish Fleming’s and Trailfinders Australian Garden a pool with a wet bar forms part of a barbeque area, whilst a spa, outdoor kitchen and sunken lounge provide further home luxuries in the seclusion of a lush garden.

Outdoor living Norwegian style is being brought to Chelsea with the Kebony – Naturally Norway garden. Here a pavilion with a kitchen, daybed and shower is a central feature to immerse the senses outdoors.

Another show garden, The Children’s Society Garden, is a retreat for family, friends and neighbours to get together and relax, with a covered lounge, fire pit to cook pizzas and naturally filtered plunge pool.

A small garden “Hartman ‘A Joy Forever’ Garden” includes an all weather wicker sofa and bespoke fireplace to create the feeling of an outdoor room. The enclosed sunken garden is for entertaining and relaxing throughout the year.

In contrast the “The Urban Plantaholics Kitchen Garden” is owned by a plantaholic bachelor who has let his kitchen be taken over by orchids. The ‘owner’ has also replaced a conservatory with a grotto, where there are ferns. He’s even papered walls where he cannot grow plants with artificial grass, to create a lush green environment.

Demonstrating how to grow more at work, is a ‘living office’, created by Indoor Garden Design, where a propagator heated by a computer fan grows vegetables; a fish tank is a grey water filtration system to feed plants and a compost bin recycles waste, whilst providing heating. A large tree offers a calming influence in a break area.

Another exhibit in the Great Pavilion, demonstrating an abundance of plants growing inside is The Barbados Horticultural Society display, which shows the ruins of a sugar factory, which have been reclaimed by nature.

Whether you want to bring the outdoors indoors, or make more of your life in your garden, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is a world class event, where you can fulfil your every gardening need. The show takes place between 25-29 May and tickets always sell out. Book now to avoid disappointment - www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

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