It's only a 10 minute walk across Chelsea Bridge from QVC Towers, but it was like entering a different world of peace and serenity, beautiful plants and flowers and lots of very impressed visitors!
Meeting Chelsea designer Adam Frost
Our garden was created by acclaimed designer Adam Frost and it's stunning. He spent 18 days from the end of April pretty much living on site as he built it brick by brick and stone by stone, and then added the most inspired collection of plants to create an oasis of tranquillity and beauty.
The garden features flowing water features, old brick paving and stone seating finished with wood and fitted with an ingenious fire pit barbeque and planted with herbs. There are also poetic quotes from Tennyson and Keats engraved on stone walling (right).
But it is Adam's choice of plants that really got the crowds gasping with delight, and declaring that his well-deserved silver medal award should have been gold in their opinion! The most questions were about the glorious Cornus Chenensis trees with their creamy green bracts and the dramatic Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' (left), with flowers of intense purple that transform to a vibrant deep blue. Gorgeous!! One of my favourites, though, has to be the dusky pink foxglove, Digitalis Mertonensis, and I'm not the only one – the bees loved the deep funnelled flowers as you can see in one of my photos (below right).
I listen to Radio 4's farming programme on my way into work most mornings, and I've learned about the challenges facing British bees at the moment. But they were out in force enjoying the sunshine and the delights of colour and fragrance that Adam's garden (of Eden??!) provides. A real 'people's favourite', the QVC Garden is a definite winner and so is Adam.
Look out for him bringing you his 'Plant of the Month' selection on our regular gardening shows here on QVC.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.
Find out more about Adam Frost and the QVC Garden