Chelsea 2022: bees, celebrity, design
Tuesday 24 May 2022
It’s all about the bees, right? Attracting our pollinator friends is a high priority on the contemporary gardener’s list. One is tempted to cry, “Bees are dead, long live bees!” because we know their numbers are threatened by pesticides, pollution and climate change.
Luckily, even the bees were attracted by the floriferous displays both at the entrance to the Royal Hospital grounds as well as the Great Pavilion. No wonder, then, that one of the dominating themes at RHS Chelsea this year was the B word – biodiversity – and its faithful companion sustainability. Not surprisingly, therefore, was the ubiquitous combination of edible and decorative plants: out with annuals and in with perennials; crop rotation, rewilding, community, well-being and mental health were themes that featured in a large swathe of stands as well as in the showcase gardens.