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What's On, Art, Exteriors

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

Stolen Soul Anna Dabrowska Jaudi

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was back this year, albeit with an unfamiliar September date. This is the world’s most prestigious flower show and showcases the best in garden design.

Highlights included Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith artisan garden celebrating Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary, with an emotive, wildflower garden. With its dog-friendly planting, this was a simple but striking and memorable garden.

Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary

Paul Hervey Brookes mentored five designers in the new Container Gardens category. Each garden was just 4m x 3m, enclosed by hedging with a gravel or slate floor:

The Hot Tin Roof Garden designed by Ellie Edkins evoked beach life, but designed for an urban area. While John McPherson’s Pop Street Garden was vibrant and playful, inspired by pop art. The IBC Pocket Forest designed by Sara Edwards was reminiscent of Milan’s Bosco Verticale. Mika Misawa created a little slice of Japan with her Tranquil Space in the City garden. While the thoughtful Stolen Soul Garden from Anna Dabrowska-Jaudi drew attention to ‘invisible’ mental health issues.

Hot Tin Roof Garden

Pop Street Garden

Over in the Great Pavillion, Dave Green created the Mains2Rains installation in the discovery zone with its important conversation on water management in gardens.

Practicality Brown supplied Practical Instant Hedge™ to these gardens, either forming green backdrops or within the design concept itself

Tranquil Space in the City Garden


Mon 1 Aug 2022

What Is The Big Feastival?

With Alex James

We spoke to Alex James from Blur who told us all about this years Big Feastival, taking place on his idyllic Cotswolds farm on the 26-28 August.

Outdoor cinema cwkc7u
Mon 1 Aug 2022

This edition, we’re all about ‘staycationing’ and making the most of where we live. We’ve gathered this month’s best local open-air entertainment for you to enjoy, from opera to cinema.

Fri 1 Jul 2022

We spoke with the unmistakable voice behind the band Reef, Gary Stringer, ahead of their appearance at Fi.Fest in July. 

Thu 26 May 2022

The word is woefully over-used, but we think you’ll allow us to describe Bryan Adams as a genuine rock legend. Creating hit after hit since his debut in the early 80s, he has consistently kept his sense of self and his distinctive musical style relevant without compromise. We were absolutely over the moon when Bryan chose to speak with OX, exclusively, ahead of his headlining performance at the Cornbury Festival in July.