Chelsea Trends: Edible Gardens
Wednesday, May 24 , 2023
At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show there has been a wide inclusion of edible plants. From the show gardens on Main Avenue to the pavilion there have been a mixture of planted beds mixing the traditional lines between flowers and veg. There are messages of cooking straight from the garden for adult dinner parties to children growing healthy lifestyles through planting your own food crops. Let’s take a look.
The Savills Garden
Designed by Mark Gregory
The Savills Garden is designed in the style of a working hotel kitchen garden in the countryside. This is the first garden to feature a fully functioning kitchen at Chelsea, serving lunch daily for the Chelsea Pensioners. The chef will cook using herbs and vegetable taken straight from the planted beds in the garden. The space features formal vegetable patches in neat rows, but the edible plants merge at various point with the beautiful ornamental flowers. This garden aims to combine both a sanctuary and a source of the very best in flavours and nutrition.
The garden features a large, working kitchen and adjoining dining area, for a true ‘from plot-to-plate’ experience.
There’s a tranquil feel to the garden, a retreat with mature trees and miniature pleached apple trees, barely a foot high but laden with blossom. This garden reconnects people with food and nature, to fully appreciate growing the finest ingredients for flavour, health and well being.
This has been designed to be environmentally sensitive with the hard landscaping materials used, with both reclaimed brick and new ones made from clay and straw for sustainability. The sheer number of bricks used to build this garden in such a short amount of time is staggering, but this garden will go on to be used to teach cookery skills to young people at a residential centre in Nottinghamshire.
The School Food Matters Garden
Designed by Harry Holding
This garden aims to educate school children about growing plants for food whilst connecting children with nature. Edible plants are set around a meandering path so children can forage and discover plants whilst playing and making imaginary games.
The charity wants every school to have a garden for children. A space to teach children about the environment, wildlife and get involved with growing plants to benefit the whole school growing healthy food for lunches. The plants have been adapted for climate change with a mixture of textures and colours.
The Mush Room
Growers the Caley Bros.
This display in the Great Pavilion is magical and mysterious with so many fascinating and unusual edible fungi. Mushrooms are easy and quite quick to grow and they have been displayed in an intriguing way at Chelsea.
The spores can grow on any natural fibers. Pasteurise the material with boiling water, add spores and as displayed you can grow mushrooms on jeans and even books! These have been displayed on gilled pedestals that mimic the underside of the mushrooms themselves.
This eye-catching display is entirely edible from oyster mushrooms to shitake and more!
Best in Show Style Veg
Of course there’s always the traditional route, but Chelsea style! Immaculate plots, just as you’d dream of!
This year’s Chelsea offers inspiration for growing edibles, but the main thing is that you can grow your own food whatever size your garden. You don’t need a traditional allotment style plot, you can use plant between your flowers in beds and boarders or in containers. Your imagination can make a glorious and delicious space!
So whatever you are growing in your garden think about experimenting with edibles!
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