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2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

For the first time in 2008, small gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower show will be grouped together according to whether they present a modern urban retreat, or a countryside idyll.

In previous years small gardens have been described as courtyard, city, chic or roof, and have been grouped as such in the showground. The new "urban garden" category brings together all small gardens that would fit into a modern, urban setting, encompassing the city, chic, front and roof gardens. The "courtyard gardens" provide a contrast with design ideas for a rural setting. These remain a separate category.

There will be 22 small gardens at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so there will be something to inspire every visitor with small space of their own. Highlights include an urban garden designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara of AOA Corporation, who has designed a roof garden inspired by childhood games of building dens which lead to secret worlds. In contrast, Sue Hayward of Earthly Garden Designs, has designed a courtyard garden to reflect the costal existence of a Sheltland crofter.



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