The garden, which is designed for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale this year, will have a musical element too, it is reported.
Jinny Blom, who is designing the garden for the prince, tells The Telegraph that he has been taking a close interest in it, and has suggested it should appeal to the ears as much as the eyes and the nose. “He doesn’t like to encroach too much, but he did say it was lacking music,” she tells The Telegraph’s Mandrake at the launch of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal at The Dorchester.
Sentebale’s “forget-me-not” garden will use flowers that are native to Lesotho, where his charity helps HIV children, around a traditional roundhouse. “He is very committed to the charity,” adds Blom. His mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was passionate about Aids charities.
Several members of the Royal Family attend a preview of the show, as part of the royalpatronage of the RHS (which organises the Chelsea Flower Show). The area of land devoted to show gardens increased steadily between 1970 and 2000 and the show has become an important venue for watching trends. New plants are often launched at the show and the popularity of older varieties revived under the focus of the horticultural world.