• Barry Holloway

It’s Chelsea Flower Show Week

For the first time in its long and illustrious history, the greatest flower show in the world has gone virtual.  There may be no crowds on Main Avenue this year, but there is still plenty of buzz about Chelsea’s leading designers, including of course our very own Jo Thompson.

No less than five of Jo’s Chelsea show gardens were featured on last night’s BBC2 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which focused on the ‘Best of British’:  

Doris The Caravan took centre stage in 2014, with its traditional and romantic pink colour scheme.

The M&G Retreat Garden 2015 was inspired by Britain’s rich heritage of writers who used their gardens as retreats and places to work from.  It used a jewel-coloured palette with waterside emeralds and jades at the edge of a natural swimming pool.

The Chelsea Barracks Garden won gold in 2016 with its rich bronze tones set off by a romantic palette of clarets fading to pink.

The Wedgwood Garden in 2018 was another gold medal winner.  Its softer palette of lemons and blues was inspired by Joseph Wedgwood’s colour trials in the 18th century.  The Wedgwood Garden the following year was celebrated for its groundbreaking sweetshop colour scheme of corals, dusty pinks and ochre, inspired by the stucco facades of Venetian houses. This design inspired many gardeners to experiment with these colour schemes in their own homes.  

Yesterday, BBC South East Today interviewed Jo in her own garden in Sussex.  Jo explained how front gardens, the focus of this year’s RHS Garden for Friendship, are such a wonderful way of connecting with nature and our neighbours .

This morning The Telegraph featured Colour My Garden as an ideal way to transform your garden with inspiration from Chelsea Flower Show.  “Jo Thompson’s love of colour is always evident in carefully orchestrated planting schemes that are uplifting, harmonious and super feminine and now she is putting all of that know how into a bespoke bulb design and supply service tailored for plots of all sizes (from window boxes to large country gardens)”.

Jo is featured in the Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show at 1 pm today, answering questions on designing your garden around plants, alongside fellow RHS judge and designer Paul Hervey-Brookes.

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