Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious shop window for garden design in the world. Careers are launched by gaining that elusive gold medal. For visitors they are the big draw; it’s the combination fascination with the huge cost, a sense of fantasy and admiration for the prodigious skill required to create something so accomplished in such a short time.
Thereafter, often the only way the public can enjoy the work of successful designers is by visiting gardens they have created which are open for the National Garden Scheme. With no show this year, we are celebrating these talents with virtual visits to gardens designed by four of the most distinguished current designers – two of which are their own.
And in celebration of our relationship with nurses we feature what would have been one of the stars of this year’s show, the Florence Nightingale Garden, designed by Robert Myers, which we will now have to wait until 2021 to enjoy.