The RHS Chelsea flower show 2012 starts tomorrow (22nd May) and runs until 26th May 2012. The flower show increases with interest every year and will see over 157,000 visitors.
Regarded as the floral equivalent of Paris fashion week, the show has become an important place for observing trends. New plant varieties and old favourites are featured as well as some stunning show gardens by leading garden designers.
The event is run by the Royal Horticultural Society and takes place on the large grounds (11 acres) of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.
Here’s five RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 show gardens to look out for this year:
The M&G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
Featuring the ‘energy wave’ sculpture, made from copper rings, weaving through the garden, this ‘new English’ design works with natural materials and country garden planting, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.
The Daily Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price
A garden for contemplation, an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone, with perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers.
For a romantic Valentine’s dinner in London, you should consider The Wyndham Grand hotel’s Chelsea Riverside Brasserie.
With Chelsea harbour as a stunning backdrop, you and your partner can enjoy an equally stunning Valentine’s dinner in London, for just £70 per couple.
Three courses set in one of London’s stylish hotels – this is just perfect for impressing your loved one and showing how much they mean.
As well as this, The Wyndham Grand is running a romantic afternoon tea throughout February. The Love Voyage afternoon tea features alluring sandwiches, delightful homemade scones and elegant sweets.
With a £10 voucher for the Hotel’s Blue Harbour Spa given away with each afternoon tea, this is bound to please your other half.
How about a Romantic cocktail? We have designed cocktails especially for Valentine’s day and the Wyndham Grand makes a perfect, sophisticated setting to celebrate Valentine’s day.
London’s only 5 star all suite hotel would be a great choice for a Valentine’s stay. You can book online or by calling +44 (0)20 7823 3000.
The Wyndham Grand London recently celebrated the re-opening of its Blue Harbour Spa to guests and non-resident club members.
New to the Chelsea spa is the introduction of VOYA, the world’s first certified organic seaweed-based products.
The Chelsea spa has been designed with neutral tones, clean lines and contemporary feel which creates a soothing environment.
The Blue Harbour Spa has six treatment rooms and relaxation suite. The Chelsea Spa also features a fully equipped fitness centre, hair salon, sauna, steam room and a 17-metre indoor heated swimming pool.
VOYA’s vitamin and mineral-rich, indigenous Irish treatments will bring a breath of fresh air to this chic, relaxing retreat for guests and local residents.
The Chelsea spa, with the aid of VOYA’s products will detoxify, rejuvenate, regenerate or simply aid relaxation. In addition to the new VOYA range, the spa offers a full range of massage and body care therapies by Susan Molyneux and Aromatherapy Associates.
With a bare, barren and frosty landscape, winter can sometimes cause us to daydream about the spring and the summer and the plethora of flowers, colour and fragrance that occupy the British Isles throughout the warmer months.
If such floral, fragrant and happy thoughts are occupying your mind, you may appreciate us telling you about the London flower shows in 2012.
Orchid & Botanical Art Show 16 -17 March, 2012
Although you don’t have to wait until the spring and summer it seems to experience some dazzling floral displays in the capital, as kick-starting the 2012 flower show events in London is the Orchid & Botanical Art Show. Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society, this prominent show is held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.
Amidst a maze of incredible flower and plant displays, the show will demonstrate to visitors how even the smallest and neglected of urban spaces can be transformed into a flourishing garden spectacle fit for royalty.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 24 -26 May, 2012
Arguably the most glamorous annual flower show to take place on London if not British soil, the Royal Horticultural Society welcomes the public to the Royal Hospital in Chelsea to experience a simply breath-taking assortment of flowers.
Nanotechnology within ‘The Field of Jeans’ could rid London’s air of pollutants.
Could a pair of high-tech jeans be the answer on how to clean up London’s air? Although London is reported to be one of Europe’s cleaner cities, it inevitably boasts pollution. In order to make London cleaner, the Greater London Authority is committed to implementing different strategies to make the capital ‘cleaner, calmer, more enjoyable so that we can all lead better lives here’.
The latest method to clean up London’s air is notably ‘unconventional’ and remarkable and comes in the disguise of a pair of jeans.
The jeans are fitted with nanotechnology and act as a catalyst to tackle pollution. The nanotech denim has been developed by researchers at both the London College of Fashion and at Sheffield University and were put on display at the London Design Festival, which was held in September of this year. The range of jeans is called ‘The Field of Jeans’ and its developers are known as Catalytic Clothes.
Talking about the potential impact wearing such nanotechnology clothes could have on the environment, Catalytic Clothing said:
“A significant reduction in the level of air borne pollutants in a large city such as London could be achieved if, for every metre of pavement width, 30 people wearing Catalytic Clothes walked past each minute.”
The clothes fitted with the nanotechnology work by acting as a photo catalyst to break down pollutants in the air by using light as a source of energy.