Preview RHS Chelsea artisan gardens 2018

Here is our ‘quickie’ preview of the small but perfectly formed Artisan gardens at this year’s (2018) RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We will report on individual gardens and perceptions of the category in a few days so do please keep checking out the website.

Our banner above is the delightful and perfect O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – the Hospitality Garden by the wonderful Kazuyuki Ishihara (Gold and winner of Best Artisan Garden). You could stand and look at this garden for hours, it is simply stunning.

The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes (Gold) is a space inspired by the spa and the idea of living well. I loved its cool feel and gentle planting. (above)

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden (Silver-Gilt) designed by Kati Crome is a beautiful and delicate garden highlighting the effects of Epilepsy. Dramatic planting gives way to bright yellows and oranges. (above)

The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden (Silver-Gilt) designed by Janine Crimmins,has the most outstanding stonework and perfect English planting. Drawn from the ARts and Crafts Movement, this is a delightful garden.

Designer Sarah Eberle’s British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams (Silver-Gilt) draws on our shared love of cricked with India.One of the features on this garden were the stunning Mewconopsis (Himalayan blue poppies).

The brilliant and fun Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden, (Silver), designed by Laura Anstiss, telling the story of a child’s journey following a diagnosis of cancer. Loved this, so vibrant and bright. Pictured above David Walliams on the garden on press day with representatives of the charity.

The Warner Edwards Garden (Silver) designed by Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge, inspired by Falls Farm where every bottle of Warner Edwards Gin is distilled. Some lovely stone walling on this garden by same stonemason who worked on the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden. (above)

Photo credits: All photographs are strictly ©EmmaJCampbellPhotography/Reckless Gardener