Chelsea Trend: Children and Gardening

A recurring theme inspiring a few of this year’s show gardens was Children’s engagement with horticulture, nature and gardening. These gardens were designed to be used predominantly by children, and really highlighted the importance and effectiveness of immersing children within horticulture. From considering the importance of technology and plants in the future, to the magic and playfulness that nature can inspire in children, these gardens emphasised the need to engage future generations with gardening and plants on an everyday level.

The Montessori Centenary Children's Garden  a view through the gate leading to childrens classroom and play area. Plants include:  Red Campion - Silene dioica growing on the roof,   Designer: Jody Lidgard, Sponsors: Montessori Centre International. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 - © GAP Photos/Jacqui Hurst

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden a view through the gate leading to childrens classroom and play area. Plants include: Red Campion – Silene dioica growing on the roof, Designer: Jody Lidgard, Sponsors: Montessori Centre International. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – © GAP Photos/Jacqui Hurst

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden, designed by Jody Lidgard, centred around children’s interest and education in plants and gardening, and how technology will continue to interact with horticulture in the future

Modern and colourful living area with benches, tables and foliage planting.  Designed by Kate Gould Gardens, sponsored by Greenfingers Charity, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 - © GAP Photos/Stephen Studd

Modern and colourful living area with benches, tables and foliage planting. Designed by Kate Gould Gardens, sponsored by Greenfingers Charity, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 – © GAP Photos/Stephen Studd

In the Greenfingers Charity Garden, designer Kate Gould, used a cool and calming colour palette and smooth sloped pathways easy to create a garden sympathetic to children with complex needs,


The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with Andree Davies and Adam White, drew upon childhood memories of playing, discovering and learning in nature, with an emphasis on family living