Best in Show at Chelsea

I'm sending my warmest congratulations to Cleve West who's deservedly won Best in Show at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I've been keeping my fingers and toes crossed since I first saw it on Sunday. I love the drama of these columns and the flashes of yellow in the planting. Elsewhere there's a gorgeous rich red Dianthus cruentus - which I believe is an unusual show garden choice - and I can confirm there really are parsnips from Cleve's own allotment tucked away in there!

More from Chelsea to come :)


  1. I'm loving Chelsea this year, though this was not my favourite, particularly like that it has so much stone, (big impact from the pillars), and the clever contrast planting.

  2. liking how the green of the wall picks up the yellow.

  3. I watched it on the telly last night - not sure this one was shown last night but I was *blown away* by the one with the white paving and the swimming pond! Love Chelsea and one day I will actually go there for real :)

  4. Thanks for the link on your blog to see the 360 degree virtual tour of Clive West's winning was great to be able to view it so easily. How I wish we had Chelsea coverage over here in Canada but no....not that I am aware of anyway.

  5. I loved the planting in that garden - what little I was able to see from the TV coverage anyway. Wasn't so sure about the colour of the columns for some reason, but loved the yellow wall with the water pouring out of the pipes. Did it sounds like a horse you-know-whating? Had read about Clive using his parsnips - they looked fabulous, and just make me want to succeed with at least some this year just to leave one to flower! Happy Chelsea, look forward to more posts.

  6. Jennifer - tell all, which one was your favourite?

    Petoskystone - when we visited Bryan's Ground (see last Friday's post) we learnt that that yellow shade sets off all colours perfectly. Cleve's partner also told me he spent ages deciding the perfect shade for that wall

    Lisa - I think you'd love it :)

    Gardeningbren - those 360 views are great aren't they? Makes you feel you're there. It's also worth checking out the BBC website as well as the RHS one I linked to - there's often video clips you can watch about the build up to the show as well as the finished results

    Janet - I was worried about those columns when I saw the drawing. However, I thought they worked really well when I saw the garden for real


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