RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012
Trailfinders Australian Garden
Sponsored by Trailfinders & Fleming’s Nurseries
Designed by Jason Hodges
Built by Greenart Gardens, TLC Pools
The Trailfinders Australian Garden pays homage to Jason Hodges’s home town of Sydney. The garden has an unusual mix of native and sub-tropical plants co-existing with introduced trees and shrubs from Europe and beyond.
The garden makes reference to the city of Sydney and its iconic structures through the use of materials, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge which Jason saw each day as he grew up in the suburbs surrounding the harbour.
Corrugated iron brings a sense of rusticity, as this characteristic Australian material is used in housing, fences and shedding everywhere from suburban cities to the great Outback.
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.
It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. From the beginning it has contained both nursery exhibits and model gardens. Every year there have been exhibits from foreign countries as well as from Britain.
It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year.
Whatever you love about gardening, there’s something for you at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
‘Fresh’ is a brand new area that includes modern, inventive gardens with new design ideas, along with tradestands offering ingenious new products.