The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Since I was last at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018, the world has of course become a very different place. To say that plants and flowers have become a huge trend for interior decoration is perhaps an understatement. From small scale print designs to grand scale florals, the health benefits of plants and flowers and how we garden for the planet is now key.

*Garden rooms

With the relationship between home and garden more connected than ever, the idea of an indoor ‘garden room’ is growing as a focus for interior design. In Victorian times, a garden room would have been a conservatory and after the First World War they were styled as ‘sun rooms’, often for health reasons. They were nonetheless glamorous interior designed spaces with whimsical trellis walls, murals and tromp l’oeil as espoused by interior designers such as Madeleine Castaing (1894 -1992).

A garden room today takes many forms, from the more egalitarian idea of small spaces such as balconies and bathrooms turned into plant jungles to interior designed garden rooms with chic trellis lined walls. So I was not only on the lookout for sustainable garden design ideas at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show but for furniture and accessories that could create life-affirming garden rooms for my *magazine and Styling Box clients.

Highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

But before I take you down the rather gloriously endless rabbit hole that is the ‘garden room’, here are just a few of the ideas and gardens I admired today at the RHS Chelsea Flower Press Show 2022 (sponsored by The Newt in Somerset). And in no particular order, a Gold Medal Blog Award has been given to!:

I failed to find the maker of this wonderful woven willow tree pot but the organic shape and texture was mesmerising!
Very lovely cabbage on the J P Morgan stand.
Each year garden designers use The Royal Hospital building as ‘borrowed landscape’ in their designs. I loved how this year it was used as the space between two Sanctuary Gardens.
I am completely drawn to any of the gardens who addressed the climate emergency and who did it in such a visually effective way. This block of ice represents the 28 trillion tonnes of ice that have disappeared from the Earth’s surface since 1994. by The Plantman & Co.
Geums were along with lupins one of the most popular plants in many of the gardens. Here they are with an Agriframe in a scaffold board trough.
Shepherds Hut by Plankbridge
Connected designed by Finnish landscaper and researcher Taina Suonio and made of entirely green and recycled materials, encouraging biodiversity and improving both mental and physical health is a calm, cool woodland teleworking oasis. Sponsored by Exante.
Beautiful applique hyrangea by Natasha Hulse.
So much to see in the beautifully Susie Watson Designs tent including these two fabrics. Hats off to the stylists who braved the heat on Saturday to complete the task and have included gorgeous arrangements of wild flowers everywhere.
BEST IN SHOW RHS Medal winner!! My photo doesn’t do this garden justice. Designed by Chelsea first timers, Urquhart and Hunt (designers behind Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset) have designed a rewilding garden that showcases how eco system engineers such as beavers encourage biodiversity through their manipulation of the landscape. I was happy because there wasn’t any concrete or hard landscaping in sight!
Loved this relaxed and achievable approach to a kitchen garden. Balcony and Container Garden, designed by Ann Treneman.
Kevock Garden Plants from Midlothian have won an RHS Gold Medal 8 out of 9 times at Chelsea. They SO deserve one this time. I think this was my favourite floral stand in the Grand Pavilion.
Wildflower meadow and sedum roof by Lindum Wildflowers at Rusty metal was a favourite material at Chelsea this year.

*Garden room designs are growing

For more in-depth garden room design ideas, you might like to take a look at a four-page feature I have written in Saga magazine’s June 2022 issue (out 25th May).

And, if you are looking to source stylish vintage and antique pieces for a garden room, you might like to put The White Door Brocante’s next show in your diary. In its third year, The White Door Brocante is bigger than ever, and will be taking place on 9th June 2022 (10.30am to 3.30 pm) at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane, Purley-on-Thames, West Berkshire, RG8 8BW (Google Maps) or RG8 8DER (car sat nav). £5 tickets are available online or on the door with a cafe and free parking available.

Garden rooms at Wow House!

Finally, there hasn’t been an interior design showhouse in the UK for 30 years, so this is a great opportunity to experience room set designs by some of the UK’s top interior designers. Amongst others, Wow House! at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, from 1st June – 1st July 2022 will showcase the work of interior design practice Campbell-Rey with their garden room and Rita Konig with her botanical inspired morning room design.

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you are well and enjoying what I think is the most beautiful time of the year, especially in the garden.

With best wishes,

Charis x

Charis White, Interior stylist/writer. Photo: Fiona McLean Photography

One thought on “The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

  1. Hi Charis – fab blogg. I loved Chelsea Flower Show and like you were drawn to the ice garden and the beaver landscape by Urquhart and Hunt. Went back to visit 3 times. Loved the wildflower roofs but the seedham roof on the office is definitely a lot easier to manage. So many wonderful ideas and I was particularly moved by the RAF garden with the wonderful sculpture of the airman and it’s very moving back story. Loved how he was gazing across the LHR flight path too.


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