Typically the Chelsea Flower show is big, bold, bright, over-the-top and expensive. But this year, with the state of the economy, they show took on a resessionista theme, which also translated into lots of creative reuse, including scrap yard garden art, pavers made of crushed CDs, recycled pallet and oil drum planters, vegetable gardens and wildflowers…
The Ace of Spades garden incorporated recycled bike parts, tires, oil drums and miscellaneous motorcycle memorabilia throughout the garden. We love the spade sculpture made of garden spades.
Sarah Eberle's Overdrawn Artist Gardens features items salvaged from scrap yards and garbage dumps, pavers made of sand, gravel and crushed CDs, and a bench made of an old sewing machine.
Raised beds made of recycled pallets were used in the Ranelagh School garden.
The Key garden was a collaboration between a government agency working with the homeless and prisoners. The garden was designed to represent the journey on might take during difficult economic times. Reclaimed timber posts are scattered about with poems painted by homeless people, a car's windshield is located elsewhere as a protective shelter, and in another section keys are spread around the garden floor to represent a key into society and reemergence into the 'real world.'