Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The best Show Garden buildings at Chelsea Flower Show 2023

If you're going to Chelsea Flower Show this week, here are our top tips about what to look for in terms of shedlike structures in the Show Gardens area. Sadly garden offices are again rather overlooked but there are still some marvellous builds to enjoy. First up (above) is the ‘mushroom den’ made from a reclaimed steel-clad shipping container in the Centre for Mental Health's 'The Balance Garden'.

Enjoy the stone cairns in Horatio's Garden but feast your eyes on the organic garden pod (above) which the RHS says "provides a cocooning place for physical and emotional shelter".

Here's the lovely Myeloma UK - A Life Worth Living Garden featuring two splendid Neoclassical-style temples, built on a timber frame and clad in a fabric printed to look like the render of an Italian chapel.

The RBC Dolphin Brewin Garden (above) features a hand-built oak pavilion structure with bespoke metalwork roof. And finally (below) perhaps the only structure that could be labelled a 'garden office', The Royal Entomological Society Garden which features an outdoor laboratory built into a hillside, a space in which to perform scientific research (after the show it's going to IQL Stratford in East London to be used for just that) with a remarkable bright blue domed roof inspired by an insect eye

Outside the Show Gardens, in the Sanctuary Gardens area look out for The Biophilic Garden Otsu - Hanare featureing this excellent 'hanare', a small house separated from the main building (that sounds a familiar description...).


Malvern Garden Buildings offer a premium collection of garden buildings, displayed at 11 UK showsites.

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