The Chelsea Flower Show is finally back with an in-person event next week (21 to 26 September) and Good Housekeeping spoke creators behind Bull Ring Gate Entrance display to get a sneak peek of their designs ahead of the event.
JamJar Flowers have created a stunning display called “The Nature of Thyme” with the help of gardener journalist Daisy Garnett. The display will cover the Bull Ring Gate Entrance as well as the Southern Plot and the Roundabout in front of the gates.
The installation is inspired by the migratory birds and native pollinators of the Thyme Estate in Gloucestershire and aims to highlight their vital significance to the ecosystem.
Founder of JamJar Flowers, Melissa Richardson, told Good Housekeeping that, “seeing the abundance of wild flowers and insects in this ancient place and watching the migratory birds arriving to spend their summers there was really inspiring.”
She said that she decided to tell a story, “about the importance of preserving our wild space for posterity but also for the very survival of the planet."
Melissa added that, "since [World War II] there has been a rapid decline in numbers of pollinating insects because of loss of habitat (flowering meadows) and changes in land use."
JamJar Flowers has shared sketches of its designs ahead of the displays being installed next week. The main gate will be filled with bug hotels and brightly coloured planters while the Southern Plot will be a wildflower meadow covering 20 square feet.
The roundabout will include models of birds and bugs flying within the likes of verbena bonariensis, cosmos, helichrysum, rhodanthe daisies and much more.
The installations will be full of carefully planned details, and Melissa highlighted some of the elements visitors should keep a particular eye out for.
“We are working with Leila Watts who is making the beautiful insects and reed warbler sculptures which you will have to get quite close to admire,” she said. “There will be a floristry element too, using dried flowers which we have gathered from various local growers and dried in the studio to decorate the two outer gateposts.”
Once the event is finished, JamJar flowers will be donating the plants from the display to Slade Gardens where they can be replanted.
To sum up the Chelsea Flower Show installation, Melissa said she hoped visitors would, “find it beautiful and be inspired to think a little more carefully about how we can protect our native flora and fauna….We need to take care of what we have.”
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