If you haven’t managed to buy the much-sought-after tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show, then don’t worry: Chelsea is awash with flowers in ‘Chelsea in Bloom’, with the theme of ‘Dive in and Explore’ in support of Plastic Oceans UK, whose aim is to stop plastics pollution of the oceans, catching the spirit of the times (at last). Imaginative arrangements with all sorts of sea creatures were covering buildings and spaces across Chelsea, the best breaking though facades to join the inside and outside, as with Hacketts who won one of the prizes for Best Floral Display while carnations were being given to smiling ladies (but not to us guys – tut tut) by Smythsons whose display won a ‘Highly Commended’ and, for those of us with gardens, free wildflower seeds were on offer from Monica Vinader who won a Silver award: I personally think they should have won higher.
The top prize for innovation went, quite rightly to the Marshall Wace Installation at 131 Sloane Street for their installation which highlighted the destruction caused by single use plastics and other waste materials in our seas and oceans, including rubbish collected from “The Big Beach Clean”, an annual event organised by ‘Surfers Against Sewage’.
Alongside an impressive array of events related to fashion, perfume and floral designs, including guided tours of the different installations, to their credit, flowers that are still fresh at the end of the event will be collected an made into bouquets. There is as much to explore here as in the Chelsea Flower Show itself.