RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Back in February I was wondering what can we do for the Bank Holiday weekend and it occurred to me that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is normaly around that time, so I had a look. Ten minutes later, I had ordered two tickets for the Thursday and booked two days leave to make it a nice long weekend.

Thursday 22nd May 2014

The forecast was sun with spells of heavy rain and thunder storms in the London Area, so rather than get the train to Victoria and then walk to the show grounds, we decided to go via Waterloo and used the underground, having a 5 minute walk rather than a 20 minute walk, Less chance of getting wet we thinks… Anyway, we ended up having to walk during the tube ride, because Embankment was closed, and yes when we arrived at Sloane Square, the heavens opened.

 

The walk to the grounds was a little damp, but we made it and the sun came out as we arrived at the gates. The remainder of the day was mainly sunny with one very large thunder storm towards the middle of the afternoon; rain coats, umbrella and tree shelter were required, as the majority of visitors made a mad dash to the main under cover floral arena.

 

 

 

 

We went to the show a number of years ago, and once again we were not dissappointed, the work that had gone in to the exibits was fantastic, the floral displays as well as the show gardens. This is the third RHS show we have been to, Chelsea, twice and Hampton Court once; but each time we come across side exibits that absolutely amaze me. There are a number of sculpturs that exibit at the show and this one just blew my mind and could be yours for a mere £30,000, but what a sculpture to have in your garden….

 

The day was great, a bit pricey for drinks and food (£13 for two regular glasses), but if you are willing to barge through the crowds with your ruck sack and picnic the £50 tickets are worth it.. If you are a celebrity spotter its worth a visit as well as there is plenty of them, there. My celeb spot this year was Holly Valance, I was talking and walking and as I turned around, I just about walked in to here…

So, if you like flowers, expensive food an drink and a bit of celebrity spotting, try the Chelsea Flower show, details can normally be found on the RHS web site

Here are some images from the show.

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Compton Acres – Dorset

One of the small gardens we like to visit is Compton Acres near Poole in Dorset, its a 10 acre site located on a slope, it has some fantastic walks through woods and other themed gardens. It has been a few years since we last visited the site. The last time we went, we took the children, they must have been 10 and 8 at the time, they are now 19 and 17.

Some major changes have taken place since our last visit; the main entrance now has a shop and restaurant. The Italian Garden has now been improved and is used for functions, both corporate and private. The day of our visit a wedding was taking place in the main function room (looks like a villa) overlooking the main garden.

The walk around the garden is peaceful, dog walkers are welcome providing the dogs are well behaved and on a lead. If you need refreshment while in the Garden, they have a small Cafe, with plenty of seating. in and outside. The Cafe overlooks Polle Harbour and the surrounding country side.

Throughout the gardens, various pieces of modern art are displayed, adding some additonal interest to the visit.

Of the themed Gardens, the Japanese garden is the most tranquil, I love Acer Trees and this one has an abundance of them, along with Pine and Azalea all surrounding a pond and waterfall.

If you want to spend a morning out and have a light lunch, Compton Acres is a nice little garden to visit. A reasonable price for entry in to the gardens. If you just want to visit the shop and restaurant, there is plenty of parking. So next time you are in Dorset and you have a morning spare, take a visit. More details about Compton Acres can be found here: