Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Countdown to the 100th Chelsea Flower Show...

With less than a month until the Royal Horticultural Society move in and begin the build of the 100th Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea I thought you might enjoy a blog about the Chelsea Pensioners garden in 2005. I can't promise it will make you feel any warmer though...

In 2005, the Chelsea Pensioners teamed up with The Julian Dowle Partnership to create 'The Chelsea Pensioners Garden - A Soldiers' Dream of Blighty' with the help of sponsorship from Ecover. This was the Royal Hospital Chelsea's first garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The show garden was set in 1945, as the war came to a close and soldiers were coming home. Much of the inspiration for the garden came directly from Chelsea Pensioners who served in the Second World War. The main feature was the traditional English pub and included bunting and a 'Dig for Victory' vegetable garden. It aimed to represent the dreams and aspirations of the soldiers away fighting for their homeland.

The show garden was awarded a Gold Medal, Best Show Garden and also won the BBC's People's Choice award!

Aerial view of the Chelsea Flower Show and the Royal Hospital Chelsea buildings, 2005

For a lovely video clip showing the garden in action (with a guest appearance from a few Chelsea Pensioners) have a look here:

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