For nearly 100 years the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show has taken place in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital. It was once celebrated as the largest flower show in the world – a title since achieved by its Hampton Court counterpart – displaying a beautiful mix of show gardens and nursery exhibits.
Last year Jordans Cereals showcased the ‘Jordans Wildlife Garden’ at the RHS Hampton Court, which demonstrated our passion and commitment to the wonderful British countryside, and our support for our fantastic farmers who designate 10% of their land to wildlife. The garden was created by award-winning garden designer Selina Botham and we were honoured to be awarded Silver by the judges, and the People’s Choice ‘Best Show Garden’ award!
This year we’ll be following all that’s hot at the RHS Shows and getting involved on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, here are a few of our top tips on what you can do in your own garden to give those bees, birds and butterflies somewhere beautiful to live.
Turn your garden into its very own flower show with a flourishing new design. This can be based around a theme, like our wildlife garden, or simply use a new layout that you find inspiring.
The trick is to choose a design that looks good but doesn’t require a lot of tending so that you can keep on top of the pruning and give yourself the time to sit back and sip your favourite tipple – even if the great British weather doesn’t hold out!
Choose fuss-free plants
All gardens need to be tended and cared for so if you‘re a little short of free time it can be a bit difficult.
Low maintenance plants are the best option, such as hardy evergreens that need very little care once established. It’s also best to avoid time-consuming features like fine lawns (unless you’re a boules champion!) or lots of planted containers. Keep flower beds restricted to a few areas to enjoy beautiful bursts of colour without giving yourself lots of work.
Create a haven
The RHS suggests perennial meadows or permanent wildflower annuals as low maintenance gardens and this makes it possible to create your own wildlife haven at home.
Perennial meadows don’t even need annual sowing and, as wild gardens are designed to grow naturally, you can be fairly relaxed about the upkeep to ensure your garden looks ‘authentic’ and provides a happy environment for wildlife and animals to live in.
Don’t forget indoors
If you don’t even have a garden the size of a postage stamp, or can’t get outside as much as you’d like, bring the outside in with a few pot plants or vases of fresh cut flora.
Flowers such as orchids (which only require weekly watering) are a popular choice oryou can even try creating your own miniature wildflower ‘garden’ in a window box. Alternatively, you could try growing a few herb varieties to bring the greenery indoors and give you something extra tasty to add to your meals.
For more garden inspiration, visit this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show which is coming up very soon (19 May – 23rd May 2015). It promises to be as fantastic as the last and is a great way to find ideas.
If visiting the shows, be sure to start your day with a balanced breakfast and stay hydrated while you walk around the gardens. Our tasty Granolas contain lots of lovely ingredients perfectly blended to give you natural energy (and are also nature-friendly too!), so what better way to kick off a day spent in the Great Outdoors?
Why not pack a few of our deliciously chewy Frusli bars to take with - as food at these events tends to be a bit pricey!