Shows



Chelsea 2017 – this ghastly fame phenomenon, by Catharine Howard.

June 6, 2017

I had intended to join the sponsors and give Chelsea a miss this year, but I can’t turn down a good offer. Catharine was less than delighted by Chelsea 2017…..   Anne Wareham, editor Chelsea 2017 – this ghastly fame phenomenon, by Catharine Howard.  Chelsea is the mother of all flower shows but this year it […]

Taste and Themes at Chelsea by Daniel Bristow

May 5, 2016

Quite a few of us have ideas about themes and taste at Chelsea (see ‘Do themes help?). But we rarely hear a critical comment from a designer who is actually showing a garden at Chelsea. It takes bottle. Here is Daniel Bristow, (“Propagating Dan”)with his first garden at Chelsea this year, speaking out for thinkingardens. […]



Chelsea – Buildup Sunday by Anne Wareham

May 19, 2015

I thought there might be some people who’d like to see what Chelsea is like the day before it opens. So here’s some snaps of Buildup Sunday. Anne Wareham editor                               Anne Wareham author of OUTWITTING SQUIRRELS! See also Chelsea 2015 review […]

Chelsea 2015 – a review by Katherine Crouch

May 19, 2015

This is what you want, I think – a real reflection of Chelsea without the hype. Thanks for an amazing effort Katherine, getting it to me so fast and with so many pictures and so much messing around for my benefit. (I’m a monster editor) Anne Wareham, editor       Chelsea 2015 A review […]



Chaumont 2014: review by Valerie Lapthorne

September 3, 2014

A belated (my fault) review of the 2014 Chaumont Garden Festival – but not too late, it runs until November. I wonder, contemplating these gardens: is it all rather old-fashioned? Anne Wareham, editor International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire 2014 by Valerie Lapthorne Seeing Chelsea Flower Show and The International Garden Festival in the same week, it […]

More Chelsea

June 15, 2014

I’m risking boring everyone with more Chelsea stuff – in this case, some thoughts about the actual 2014 show: mine and those of Katherine Crouch. I promise that normal service will be resumed shortly. (ie not quite so often ..) Anne Wareham, editor I couldn’t design a Chelsea garden. I’m not a trained designer and […]



Chelsea Parade, photographed by Charles Hawes

May 21, 2014

What people were wearing at Chelsea – during build up and on Press day. Photographs by Charles Hawes – and some from me. Some people you may know, many you won’t. #nomontydon Anne Wareham, editor   Then the afterthoughts by Anne: (though I have no idea how the first one arrived in my camera….)   […]

Chelsea 2013 uncovered by Charles Hawes

May 21, 2013

The photographers hope to get a press pass again next year…         Charles Hawes has a good selection of high resolution photographs of Chelsea Flower Show on GAP Photos. (Including one on the photo library front page.) The photographs on this page and other high res Chelsea photographs can also be obtained for […]



Chelsea 2013, some thoughts from Anne Wareham

May 21, 2013

This year was marked for me by having one garden that shocked me by its badness, and one that delighted me. And the other remarkable thing was the extent of agreement about both those things amongst the people I talked to. Prize for shock went to Jinny Blom’s garden for Prince Harry and his charity […]

Orchids at Kew – could it be more exciting? by Susanne Masters

February 12, 2013

We see magnificent plant displays regularly, at Chelsea and other RHS shows. We do ‘oo’ and ‘ah’ as expected, the plants are always amazing. But could there be a different dimension to these displays? Kew is doing an orchid show until the 3rd of March. Susanne Masters visited – and wondered whether Kew could make […]



Chaumont 2012 reviewed by Anne Hanley

August 14, 2012

We don’t seem to have heard so much of the garden festival at Chaumont recently – or is it simply that I don’t read enough of the garden media? It is clearly still going on its colourful, wonderfully French way and I’m very happy to have an excellent review of this year’s gardens from Anne […]

Painswick Rococo Garden – 21 images from the Art in the Garden exhibition by Anne Wareham

August 2, 2012

I cannot claim this as a review – rather the editor’s privilege to produce a brief, pictorial indication of what is to be seen at this exhibition, which we visited in the drizzle on the 31st July. I have a pile up of material waiting to be published here (our first blog review soon..) and life has […]



Hampton Court Health Warnings by Helen Gazeley.

June 25, 2012

“Most artists aren’t that philosophical or conceptual. They’re just artists who work within a certain style and if you took their so-called concept into a 6th form debating society, it would be ripped to shreds.” Grayson Perry, RSA Journal, Autumn 2008. Quite. This year, at Chelsea we saw a shining example of a garden with meaning, […]

Chelsea 2012 by Anne Wareham

May 22, 2012

I did my usual for Chelsea – asked people I met on Press Day a question I thought would be of interest to thinkingardeners. Less celebrities this time. All pictures by Charles Hawes, but the unnamed person in them, while bearing a passing resemblance to me, is clearly fifteen years older and much heavier… Anne Wareham editor […]