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Fresh show gardens unveiled

We have some exciting new additions to the world-acclaimed showcase that is RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012.

We have some exciting new additions to the world-acclaimed showcase that is RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012.

Here Show manager Alex Denman outlines some of her highlights. “Whatever you love about gardening, there’s something for you at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show,” said Alex.

‘Fresh’ is a brand new area that includes modern, inventive gardens with brand new design ideas, along with tradestands offering ingenious new products.

Here's a rundown of the spectacular show gardens.

2012 show gardens

The M & G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon will create a ‘New English’ design for M&G Investments, the official sponsor of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The M&G Garden celebrates traditional craftsmanship, the beauty of natural materials and country garden planting.

The dramatic focal point of the garden will be an ‘energy wave’ sculpture. Crafted in copper rings, the sculpture will weave through the garden, spilling across borders and pathways and emerging in the rectangular pool.

The Daily Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price

This will be a busy year for garden designer Sarah Price. Not only is she co-designer of the 2012 Gardens at the Olympic Park - the biggest new urban park in London since the 19th century - but she has also been picked to design The Daily Telegraph's garden for the Chelsea Flower Show 2012.

The Daily Telegraph has scooped Best in Show Gold for the last three years in a row, but this is the first time Sarah Price has designed a major Main Avenue show garden, and it’s the first large garden at Chelsea that she’s designed on her own. The garden uses atmospheric planting and natural stone to create a beautiful, contemplative, private space that encourages thoughtful connections with the natural world.

Furzey Gardens designed by Chris Beardshaw

Head over to The 'Rock Bank', where garden designer and presenter Chris Beardshaw uses one of the largest plots at Chelsea to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in The New Forest, Hampshire. His Chelsea design will replicate a sloping woodland, incorporating a large collection of acid-loving plants and shrubs, including rhododendrons, azaleas, acers and primulas amid reclaimed timber and thatch.

“We’re hoping to showcase some exciting plant introductions which relate to the great plant hunters George Forrest and Frank Kingdom Ward, alongside many ericaceous plants and shrubs which are not generally seen at Chelsea," said Chris.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Cleve West

Cleve West, designer of last year's Best Show Garden at Chelsea, may be setting next year’s big trend with a topiary garden which will celebrate the 250th anniversary of his sponsor Brewin Dolphin. “I always like to use sculpture in the garden but sometimes it is not affordable, so the next best thing is topiary which anybody can do,” says Cleve.

The World Vision Garden designed by Flemons Warland Design Ltd.

For the first time World Vision is creating a garden at Chelsea. The garden is a sculptural reference to “the ripple effect”, to show how World Vision’s work with children also helps families, communities and, ultimately, entire countries.

The Homebase Garden designed by Joe Swift

TV presenter Joe Swift will be designing a garden using natural materials and plants, energising the space. Despite co-hosting the BBC’s coverage of Chelsea for years, he has never designed a show garden for the prestigious event – until now. Joe will use contemporary and low-maintenance plants which need little or no watering once established.

Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden designed by Jihae Hwang

Designer Jihae Hwang won Best in Show at Chelsea last year with her Artisan garden. This year Jihae presents an evocative garden of near pristine vegetation representing Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which commemorates its 60th anniversary in July, 2013.

The Laurent- Perrier Bicentenary Garden designed by Arne Maynard

Chelsea veteran Arne Maynard makes a welcome return to the show after more than 10 years in The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden. This ornamental garden displays a timeless elegance, mixing traditional and contemporary elements including spectacular pleached copper beech trees.

Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming's

The Flemings team return to Chelsea with a garden celebrating Australian outdoor living. This is outdoor living with modern twists and a sense of luxury.

A Celebration of Caravanning designed by Jo Thompson

This fun garden, sponsored by The Caravan Club, is a place to relax and enjoy plants. A focal caravan is a place to sleep, work, cook and eat. The garden will evoke the very best of what a break in Britain means.

The Arthritis Research UK Garden designed by Tom Hoblyn

Tom Hoblyn will create a garden inspired by the great Renaissance gardens of Italy, capturing the drama, formality and beauty of these historic gardens weaving in his passion for creative planting.