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JAY DAY, Balcony Garden, designed by Alison Orellana Malouf & Su-Yeon Choi, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.
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Chelsea Flower Show 2022: The balcony gardens

Published: May 5, 2022 at 9:17 am

There are four balcony gardens at Chelsea this year, highlighting what can be achieved in a very small space. Jodie Jones takes a closer look

This year the gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are divided into six categories:

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Main show gardens
Sanctuary gardens
All about plants
Balcony gardens
Container gardens
• Houseplant studios

RHS / Luke MacGregor

The balcony gardens aim to inspire town and city dwellers to green up their outside or high-rise spaces.

Here are the four featured gardens.

Jay Day – Flock Party

JAY DAY, Balcony Garden, designed by Alison Orellana Malouf & Su-Yeon Choi, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

Design: Alison Orellana Malouf, Su-Yeon Angela Choi
A reimagined urban jay habitat that encourages us to integrate live plants into our bird-feeding regimes. The Eurasian jay uses hypnum moss for nut caching, so the balcony is covered with a carpet of moss, overlaid with a metal grate for human visitors.

The Cirrus Garden

The Cirrus Garden Chelsea 2022

Design: Jason Williams
This garden combines the spectacle of a show garden with the reality of a sustainable garden focused on increasing biodiversity in an urban area. It features wildflowers, perennials, herbs, a seating area, vegetable garden and fish pond to fertilise the garden, and is inspired by the designer’s own 18th floor balcony garden. Visitors can look up to the Cirrus Garden as an example of how urban residences could look in our immediate future.

The Blue Garden

The Blue Balcony, Balcony Garden, designed by Tom Wilkes-Rios, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

Design: Tom Wilkes-Rios
Celebrating what is possible in a small space and the joy of being alone in it. The planting completely wraps the balcony, evoking the feeling of being surrounded by nature in the city. Vivid block colours and vibrant planting are uplifting and transportive and the garden is designed for meditation, contemplation and reflection.

The Potting Balcony Garden sponsored by Viking

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Design: William Murray
Making clever use of space, this balcony offers a practical place to sow seeds, pot up plants and propagate cuttings and utilises smart garden technology to nurture micro-greens and seedlings ready for the kitchen or to transfer to an allotment of community garden.

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