The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at RHS Chelsea 2022
Friday, May 27 , 2022
There are some big celebrations blooming in Britain this Spring. We are back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Garden Show in its traditional springtime slot after a hiatus of two years, and it’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!
For Chilstone this is an extra special anniversary, as we created our first ever stone ornament on the day of the Queen’s coronation, so it’s almost our 70th anniversary too.
Across her majesty’s phenomenal 70-year reign, the Queen has attended Chelsea Flower Show more than 50 times, such is her love for the famous show bursting with floral displays. She also supports the RHS as a charity, so it is no wonder that the show has many Royal exhibits this year.
Floral Displays Fit For A Queen
The organisers and garden designers behind RHS Chelsea have pulled out all the stops and designed numerous displays to honour her majesty’s jubilee this year.
The Queen’s Gate
From the moment visitors reach the gates they experience an impressive display, setting the tone for the ornate Jubilee celebrations, The grand Bullring Gate entrance has been transformed into a royal-style archway complete with three wicker crowns and a host of delicate, meadow florals. A breath-taking entrance making visitors feel like royalty on arrival.
Everything used to make The Queen’s Gate will be re-used after the show! Chelsea is becoming more and more sustainable.
The Queen’s Gate was designed by Shane Connolly and installed with the help of student florists.
Other monarch-inspired displays include Natural Perspectives, an immersive jubilee garden installation by floral designers Veevers Carter, inspired by the colours, sounds and wildlife found at the Queen’s beloved Balmoral. It features a three-dimensional portrait of the Queen, made entirely from pressed flowers.
Another sculptural portrait to honour Her Majesty has been designed by Simon Lycett, who has created many floral displays for the royal family throughout his career. This includes a silhouette of the Queen in the official shade of purple chosen to represent the Platinum Jubilee. Surrounding the floral masterpiece are native British branches and 70 planters containing Lily of the Valley — the Queen’s favourite flower.
We were lucky enough to catch Simon Lycett in person at Chelsea looking rather dapper in a pink suit and loafers…
Simon and his team of garden designers looked very proud of their work and perfectly unified in matching pink outfits!
The Chelsea Pensioners take the opportunity to pose for a photo with Simon Lycett in front of the Queen’s silhouette.
The jubilee celebrations don’t end there! A monument surrounded by a selection of photographs spanning the Queen’s reign features in the Great Pavilion.
Chilstone’s Platinum Journey
Let’s not forget the other anniversary for gardening fans to keep in mind – at Chilstone! We created our very first cast stone ornament on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, almost 70 years ago.
In order to mark this jubilant occasion we have created an exquisite Platinum garden ornament Range, full of ultra-elegant stone cast garden ornaments, all handmade by our expert craftsmen in Britain. This includes new sundial plinths and birdbaths as well as large planters suitable for trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project.
You can read more about the start of Chilstone’s journey, which started 70 years ago, here.
Chilstone’s Platinum Range
Chilstone’s Platinum Range is a collection of classic cast stone garden ornaments. From sundials and planters, benches and bird baths, every item in this range would make a stunning addition to any outdoor space. All named in honour of Her Majesty’s jubilee you will find such delights as the Elizabeth sundial, the Catherine sundial and the Buckingham planter…
We hope you are enjoying Chelsea as much as we are whether in person or from the comfort of your homes, there’s plenty more real life garden inspiration live from Chelsea 2022 coming up so stay tuned.
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