RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Sarah Raven’s Colour Cutting Garden for BBC Radio 2

Posted on 13th Jun, 2017

Creating a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show is all about teamwork. It can also be about physical hard work, with long hours in all weathers wearing unglamorous Hi-Vis jackets and heavy steel-toe capped boots.  For many it is addictive, and they return each year to help put the final touches to all sizes of show gardens, trade stands and floral displays, which all go to make up the Greatest Flower Show on Earth.

Gardenmakers have been part of this Chelsea madness for many years, and this year, Gardenmaker Caroline joined the team helping Sarah Raven, the Queen of the Cutting Garden, to create her garden as part of BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens.



The RHS partnered with BBC Radio 2 to celebrate the station's 50th anniversary, and each of the five gardens reflected one of the five senses.  Each designer was also partnered with one of Radio 2s well known DJs.  Sarah was partnered with Anneka Rice, who got well stuck into the adventure of creating a garden.

Sarah put together a small team of gardeners, plantspeople and garden designers whose task was to '"plant" up the garden so that it looked natural, beautiful and a reflection of a cutting garden one might create at home.  Sarah placed plants, worked out combinations according to a graduated colour scheme.  The team's job was to pack them in making sure they would survive all weathers during the rest of build up and the Show itself and look totally natural.

We had a fabulous team who worked calmly and companionably with a shared goal of creating a beautiful finish garden.  A team brings different skills and experiences, patience and attention to detail are key.  A good sense of humour and ability to laugh are also a big plus.  I was happy to have played my own small part in creating this beautiful garden which was well received by the public.

Here I share a few photos of the Colour Cutting Garden during build up.  My thanks to fellow team member Carine van Boxtel for use of some of her photos showing us at work.  


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