RHS Chelsea: Famous faces visit Covent Garden’s show garden

Dame Judi Dench, Louis Walsh and Lisa Snowdon visited Covent Garden’s breath-taking Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.

A host of celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Louis Walsh and Lisa Snowdon stepped foot on Covent Garden’s breath-taking Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show yesterday. Designed by award-winning garden designer Lee Bestall, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation show garden – ‘500 Years of Covent Garden’ – celebrates Covent Garden’s early roots as a fruit orchard and later as a flower, fruit and vegetable market, as well as the popular shopping and dining destination it is today.

Dame Judi Dench

The Show Garden is sponsored by Capco, the landowner and steward of Covent Garden, in partnership with the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, the Westminster based charity which champions opportunities for young and old.

Lisa Snowden

Central features of the garden include three 60-year-old retired apple trees, harking back to the early beginnings of ‘Convent Garden’ as an orchard belonging to and supplying the monk’s table at Westminster Abbey, in addition to the 300 year-old provenance of the neighbourhood as a fruit and flower market.  Flowering herbaceous plants will reflect the colours of apple blossom and large steel structures will reflect the distinctive arches of Covent Garden’s Grade II listed Market Building.

Louis Walsh

Reclaimed cobble pathways will guide visitors into the centre of the garden, just as the surrounding streets do into Covent Garden’s Piazza. A central seating area, paved with reclaimed York stone, provides a place to sit and relax, inspired by the social and modern dining environment of the Piazza which, as London’s first public square, was designed to bring people together.