Designed by Tracy Foster |
Built by Landform Consultants  |
Sponsored by Welcome to

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden celebrates the stunning Yorkshire coast by bringing a slice of it to the heart of the capital. It’s inspired by the rugged beauty of Yorkshire’s striking shorelines, the drama of the county’s many historic buildings, and Yorkshire‘s special relationship with the land and rural economy.

Designed by Tracy Foster, the garden includes a ruined abbey, chalk cliffs, a beach and the sea, with gently rolling waves lapping the shore. The inclusion of a trompe l'oeil painting in the ruin links our coastal paradise to the farmland beyond. The planting has a wild feel with plenty of colourful wildflowers, grasses and native trees.

Sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, the garden’s aim is to highlight the beauty and passion of Yorkshire and inspire people to come and experience it for themselves.


Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins |
Built by Willerby Landscapes Ltd |
Sponsored by Chengdu Government

The Chengdu Silk Road Garden is architect Laurie Chetwood and garden designer Patrick Collins’ fourth show garden at Chelsea. It combines architecture and planting in a conceptual East-West landscape with a dramatic ‘Silk Road’ bridge linking the various elements of the garden.

The Silk Road theme references the Su-Embroidery masters of Chengdu and incorporates the symbol of the 3,000 year old Sun and Immortal Bird, which is the logo of Chengdu City and Chinese Cultural Heritage. It also represents the historical trade links between East and West and underlines the local culture and mythology of the region.

The garden showcases some of the many plant species found in Sichuan Province, one of the most florally rich and diverse regions in the world, some of which originally came to the UK via the Silk Road. Chengdu City is also the centre for the conservation of Pandas whose habitat will be reflected in the planting.


Designed by Jin Yang  |
Built by Randle Siddeley  |
Sponsored by Yunnan Musen Urban Landscape Planning, Designing & Engineering Co. Ltd  |

Inspired by the famous British botanist, Ernest Henry Wilson, Jin Yang transports the viewer to Yunnan to the landscape that awaited Wilson upon his arrival in the province.

Set against the distinctive sandstone, and featuring some of the less well-known varieties of rhododendron, azalea, camellia, viburnum and acer, the garden represents an opportunity to see a number of our best-loved oriental plants in the naturally undulating rocky landscape of their homeland.

The focal point of the garden is the auspicious fountain. The large mosaic pool pays homage to the famous lakes, while its bat motifs bestow a wish for good fortune on the viewer.

Hieroglyphs from Dongba and Cangyuan cultures, represent Yunnan’s cultural diversity and rich human history, and offer a nod to the caves and landscapes of the region

500 YEARS OF COVENT GARDEN supported by Capco
Designed by Lee Bestall  |
Sponsored by Capital & Counties Properties PLC  |

500 years of Covent Garden, designed by Lee Bestall, takes the eponymous area’s history as its inspiration.  A 500-year-old much-loved part of London, Covent Garden originated as the orchard garden belonging to Westminster Abbey before becoming a thriving marketplace and home to London’s iconic flower sellers.

Òhose entering the garden will be immersed in a blend of the area’s rich floral heritage, conveyed in the planting, while the iron structures hark to the distinctive arches of the Market Building in Covent Garden today. As stewards, owners and curators of the historic neighbourhood, Capco Covent Garden has sponsored the garden to share the identity and culture of the famous district through the ages with visitors to the Flower Show.

Designed by Chris Beardshaw  |
Built by Chris Beardshaw Ltd
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley  |

The Morgan Stanley Garden reflects more than five decades of commitment to children’s health and education by that organisation.
The garden's style celebrates the varied environments experienced in many British gardens. It incorporates opposing styles of planting from verdant and shaded woodland through to a bright and temperate terrace area. The differing spaces are unified centrally via a dramatic, geometric oak performance pavilion. Focusing this year on education, Chris Beardshaw and Morgan Stanley are working with the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers. Garden designer and members of the orchestra are exploring, through music, emotional responses to the garden's design. A unique piece of music inspired by the garden design will be composed.


Designed by James Basson  |
Built by Crocus
Sponsored by M&G Investments  |

The garden is inspired by the principles of ecological sustainability and the urgent need for action to preserve the fragile balance of our planet. It uses the unique environment of Malta to explore the cyclical relationship between destruction and creation, as the country provides a microcosm of our planet’s plight today.

Malta has made significant inroads into dealing with their water limitations, sustainable waste disposal, recycling and composting; actions the Maltese government are working hard to promote. In essence, Malta has adapted to overcome challenges that we all need to consider to protect the future of the world we live in.

The garden is situated within a quarry separated into a series of spaces, each with its own ecology from water through to cliff. It features a range of planting, including grasses, trees, heathers, evergreens and flowers and provides an excellent study on how to rejuvenate hard mineral spaces in the extreme.

Award-winning landscape designer James Basson will bring a touch of the Mediterranean island of Malta to the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, along with some plants never before seen in the UK. M&G Investments, title sponsor of the Show, has commissioned James to create the M&G Garden, and his design draws on the ecological diversity and sustainability of the region, which acts as a microcosm for the planet as a whole.

Malta is tackling a number of ecological challenges such as water scarcity, the need to recycle and composting, and the garden aims to bring this story to life. James has structured the garden within a quarry. Two imposing monolithic pillars of Maltese limestone will form the centrepiece of the garden, with the remaining space separated into a series of unique microclimates.

Each space will reflect how nature has adapted to reclaim a man-made landscape, using a naturalistic planting style offering both texture and structure. With grasses, heathers and evergreens, the design bears all the hallmarks of a traditional Mediterranean garden, but with an innovative edge. This is the first time some of these plants will have been seen in the UK – the Maltese Government has given James special permission to use them.

Jacqui Haskins, M&G Marketing Director, says: "2018 will be our eighth year as title sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and we’re thrilled as ever to be supporting this prestigious event. Sponsoring RHS Chelsea for this many years has enabled M&G to make a real difference in horticulture, particularly in helping to inspire more young people to get in to gardening."
"We are confident that James’ creative design will once again create a show-stopping garden for all to enjoy."
Mellow Yellow

L'Occitane Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, designed by James Basson
The predominant hue will be yellow – the colour that is seen a lot during springtime in Malta. Plants will include Euphorbia melitense, Darniella melitense, Limonium melitense, Mattiola incana subsp. Melitense.
Basson returns to RHS Chelsea following his gold award-winning Provence garden at RHS Chelsea in 2016 (pictured right). He will be working with Crocus with the support of the Gaia foundation in Malta, Filippi (France), CIancavare (Italy), Gaudissart (France) and Kelways (UK)


Designed by Darren Hawkes
Built by Bowles & Wyer
Sponsored by Linklaters  |

The pioneering vision of the late Maggie Keswick and her understanding of the need for cancer patients to have a space in which to relax provides the inspiration for this bold, exciting and unconventional summer garden.

The hard landscaping features appear to emanate from a single cuboid of basalt concrete, and like a puzzle, all those features including paving, benches, buildings and water feature, could fit together into that shape.

The garden is surrounded by a three-meter high hornbeam hedge and can be viewed from a platform. Under the canopy of a huge Amelanchier nestle hostas, Rodgersia, Aruncus, peonies, roses, box elder and Thalictrum in a scheme that is soft and scented

Designed by Charlotte Harris  | 
Built by Landscape Associates  |
Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada  |  

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the 10th year of the RBC Blue Water Project™, the Royal Bank of Canada Garden is inspired by the vast and ecologically vital boreal forest and freshwater lakes of Canada.

Stretching from Alberta to Newfoundland, the habitat incorporates exposed bedrock, endless forests, rushing rivers and broad wetlands. The garden seeks to create a space inspired by this landscape, rather than to recreate it. A wilder garden folds around manmade elements, crafted from materials evocative of the boreal.

Designer Charlotte Harris will lead an all-female design team, including architect, technical detailer and horticulturists

Designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam  |
Built by The Outdoor Room
Sponsored by Darwin Property Investment Management Ltd  |  

The garden highlights Wellington College’s ambition to break down barriers to education, and explores the themes of progress, evolution and thought patterns.

The garden's planting draws inspiration from heathland around the College. Tall, sculptural and transparent walls run through the garden connecting the various elements and materials. Water echoes this flow in the main pool and rills running below the wall structures.

Connectivity in the garden between forms and patterns is key, inspired partly by neuron and synapse connections, a reference to education and learning. Patterns in the ornamental meadow are derived from synapses, and colourful or textured planting groups flow across it unimpeded, echoing trains of thought. Dynamic plant forms and ranging umbels create moments of drama.



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