Loving the plants (and bees) at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Kathy and Adam Frost, plus Emma and Paula from QVC I had a lovely afternoon yesterday, helping out in the QVC Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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.Adam Frost sat before his poetry feature

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).

Geranium brookside and 'Loddon Royalist' What I love about the garden

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).

Digitalis Mertonensis with bumblebee! The QVC Garden – a hit with the bees and the crowds!

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.

Take care

Kathy x

Find out more about Adam Frost and the QVC Garden


  1. Margaret May 22, 2009 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy , QVC garden is stunning, well done everyone.I love the old flowers myself and have just planted a wide border in our garden with old favourites the bees love them and on a sunny day (if we get one ) its so nice to sit out with a good book and wait for them to come along,think theres something wonderful about bees and just watching them at work I cant help but give them respect.We lost a few plants this winter being up north the frost and cold just seemed to much this year for plants what usually are ok so will fill the gaps with some lavenders and foxgloves, at the moment we have a good display of alliums and wallflowers the scent is gorgeous.Best Wishes Margaret.

  2. Kathy Tayler May 29, 2009 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Margaret
    Your garden sounds gorgeous – sitting out in a beautiful garden, enjoying the sunshine and a good book is such a good way to unwind – something I do all too little of! And lavenders are one of my favorites – I just love the scent.
    I hope we have a great summer and that you enjoy many hours in your garden.
    Take care

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