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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Chelsea 2012

For many plant lovers, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of the gardening calendar. The 2012 show is bigger and better than ever - browse our pick of highlights, below.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: The Soft Machine show gardenThe Soft Machine
In this innovative garden, designed for processing and recycling waste, water is pumped by an exercise bike, and bog-style planting cleanses used water. The space offers opportunities for gardening, exercising and recycling.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: A Celebration of Caravanning show gardenA Celebration of Caravanning
A mid-1950s caravan provides a novel focal point in this garden, which also includes a palette of pink and cream planting, and soft underfoot textures – just the thing to get you in a holiday mood.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: World Vision show gardenWorld Vision Garden
The World Vision garden is centred around a ripple pool, intended to symbolise the effect of the charity's work. It provides a place of safety and seclusion, away from the pressures of modern life.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: The M&G GardenThe M&G Garden
Former ‘Best in Show’ winner Andy Sturgeon has created a garden inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, combining strong, formal features with cottage-style planting. Look out for the floating linear bench and energy wave sculpture.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: The Telegraph GardenThe Telegraph Garden
Sarah Price, co-designer of the 2012 Gardens at the Olympic Park, is using natural stone and atmospheric planting to create a contemplative, private space evoking the romance of wild areas of British countryside.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: Satoyama Life - Artisan GardenSatoyama Life
This garden, by the Japanese designer Kazuyuki, emphasises the importance of living in harmony with nature. Satoyama is a Japanese name given to regions lying between arable lowlands and mountain foothills.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: Artisan RetreatsArtisan Retreats
For the first time at Chelsea, well-known designers and artists like Orla Kiely and Kaffe Fassett turn summerhouses, sheds, huts and cabins into beautiful garden havens, incorporating fine craftsmanship and exquisite materials.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: The Great PavilionThe Great Pavilion
This year in The Great Pavilion, keep an eye out for exotic crops, interactive displays, alternative topiary and eye-catching vertical allotments. As always, there is a wealth of colourful nursery displays, including new plant introductions.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: FreshFresh
A new concept at Chelsea 2012, the Fresh area promises specially commissioned sculptures, inventive gardens with a contemporary feel and trade stands offering ingenious new products.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: Turning towns and cities greenTurning towns and cities green
Experts from the RHS will be on hand to advise visitors on how to ‘green up’ their own urban spaces, in an environmentally beneficial way.


More information

Find out more about this year's show on the Royal Horticultural Society website:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Read Andy Sturgeon's blog on his final preparations for the show