The Alternative Chelsea Awards
The real awards have been handed out and the People have also made their choice. Now it's time for me to consider the more
sought after obscure prizes for this year's show gardens at Chelsea. Ladies and Gentlemen, please don your tuxedos, tiaras and gladrags for the most exclusive awards ceremony of them all. Beamed live into your home from Chippenham at a mere click of a mouse, please welcome the inaugural lighthearted Vivacious Perennial Prizes. Note: the gardens highlighted in yesterday's post are excluded from these awards as I've already written about them in some detail.
The Barbara Cartland: Most creative use of a single pink cultivar - Quilted Velvet for their 1000s of Busy Lizzies (Impatiens)
Fork to Fork: Best display of vegetables in a show garden - Freshly Prepared by Aralia, especially for their yummy kitchen splashback living wall
Hide and Seek: Worst plant:hardscaping combination - The Japanese Tranquil Garden for their innovative use of mauve alliums against a mauve background. Runner up: Daily Telegraph for its combination of white planting with light coloured stone
Bernard Leach: Most pleasing and tactile shape - Pottering in Cumbria for their 'onion' pots
BOGOF*: Lots of gardens and ideas for the price - Marshalls Living Street
The Mogadon: The most somniferous garden - a hotly contested category this one because the Laurent Perrier (pictured) and The Telegraph gardens were very well executed, but I felt they had nothing fresh to say. However, the late group entry made by a consortium of leading Courtyard gardens just has the edge as they were exquisite but a number of them were very similar in style
The Queen's Award For Innovation: The Children's Society Garden for its foldaway washing line. Now you see it, now you don't...
Mott the Hoople: Roll Away the Stone (sha la la la push push) - Cancer Research UK
Poundstretcher Special Award: Sarah Eberle for her Credit Crunch triumvirate
The One That Got Away: I realised when I got home I hadn't seen it (sorry Claire) - Dawn Chorus
Do have a look at my Showtime slideshow for pictures of most of these gardens: the BBC and RHS websites have lots more details, planting plans etc etc.
* = Buy One Get One Free