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2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show,  Diarmuid Gavin designs ‘Harrods British Eccentrics Garden’

Introducing Harrods At The 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

For 2016, Harrods is proud to announce its second year at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. Showcasing ‘Harrods British Eccentrics Garden’, the unique space has been designed and created by award-winning gardener and TV personality, Diarmuid Gavin.

Taking a break from his signature contemporary gardens, Gavin has designed an alternative take on a quintessentially English garden, in which he embraces flowering herbaceous perennials, formal topiary and regimented structure. A touch of quirky eccentricity will also feature by way of an homage to English cartoonist and illustrator, William Heath Robinson, who was best known for his drawings of complicated machines designed to achieve simple outcomes.

Heath Robinson’s playful drawings have made him one of Gavin’s unconventional British heroes, and with the Heath Robinson ideology played out in the Harrods garden, the quirks, humour and eccentricities of what it means to be British will be reflected. Bobbing Buxus spheres, twirling trees, pop-up flower beds, garden furniture which flips, automatic shearing topiary machines, a rotating carousel herb bed and an octagonal folly, which raises its hat in a final flourish, are just some of the Heath Robinson-inspired elements.

To celebrate this tribute, Harrods will host a month-long Heath Robinson exhibition, curated by The William Heath Robinson Trust and showcasing his finest works. Featuring a wide range of illustrations, the exhibition will honour the idea of the British eccentric, and will also demonstrate how Robinson’s art inspired the 'Harrods British Eccentrics Garden'. Complimentary viewing will take place from Wednesday 4th until Sunday 29th May in The Georgian on the Fourth Floor.

Helen Dillon, garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and one of the world’s most celebrated plantswomen, will be joining Gavin on this project, together with a team of experts from the architecture, engineering and blacksmithing industries.

Michael Ward, Harrods Managing Director comments: “This year, we wanted to create a garden that would embody the essence of tradition, beauty, innovation and excellence – a garden that would capture a quintessential British style and perfectly reflect Harrods values and traditions, but with a playful and quirky twist. Harrods has had a working relationship with Diarmuid for more than 10 years and we felt he would be the perfect person to design our garden and bring this vision to life.”

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be taking place from Tuesday 24th until Saturday 28th May 2016.

Plus, to mark the start of the summer season, May sees us celebrate all things floral with Whatever the Weather. Harrods will come alive with a variety of floral-inspired activity in-store and across London. Discover just some of the Whatever the Weather activities taking place below...

The Harrods Floral Afternoon Tea
Celebrate the summer with the Harrods Floral Afternoon Tea, a showcase of floral-inspired cakes and treats. Throughout May, acclaimed in-house chefs invite guests to enjoy lavender and peach macaroons, jasmine and orange chocolate mousse, hibiscus and strawberry jellies with summer fruit, lemongrass yogurt mousse with white chocolate and thyme, and lemon madeleines. Guests will be able to indulge in the afternoon tea in the classic setting of The Conservatory at The Georgian, which will be decorated as a quintessential English garden.
Available from Wednesday 4th until Tuesday 31st May.
Afternoon tea £34 per person; Champagne afternoon tea £44 per person.
Please contact or call +44 (0)20 7225 6800 The Conservatory at The Georgian, Fourth Floor.

Gardening Talks
Gardening enthusiasts who book the Harrods Floral Afternoon Tea will have the opportunity to hear talks by Diarmuid Gavin and gardeners Helen Dillon and Mark Gregory. Guests will also have the chance to discuss with Gavin his ‘Harrods British Eccentrics Garden’ at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Helen Dillon and Mark Gregory will host garden talks, telling the story of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s history, as well as giving accounts of this year’s gardens from behind the scenes.

Timetable Of Talks
Diarmuid Gavin: Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th May, 3pm
Helen Dillon: Tuesday 24th and Friday 27th May, 5pm
Mark Gregory: Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th May, 5pm
The talks are complimentary with the booking of the Harrods Floral Afternoon Tea at £34 per person and will take place in
To book, please call the Customer Loyalty Team on 0333 300 1234 or email The Conservatory at The Georgian, Fourth Floor.

Harrods Gardens With Diarmuid Gavin
Harrods is excited to announce a new bespoke garden-design and landscaping-solutions service by author and award-winning garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin. Gavin has previously collaborated with world-class designers and architects, and is ambassador for the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.
For appointments, please call Harrods Interiors on +44 (0)20 7225 5926.

Coming Soon...Floral Umbrellas
As we all know, the British weather can be unpredictable. Harrods is launching limited-edition floral-print umbrellas to celebrate Whatever the Weather. Available soon online and also from Gifts & Stationery on the Second Floor.

Shop from our oh-so stylish edit of florals below.

Find out how Harrods is celebrating the announcement of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2016.

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