The Saatchi Gallery will be exhibiting a special bloom that could appeal to visitors to the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.
Designed by Croatian artist Ana Tzarev, the main piece at the show is a 12-foot high, 50-stone flower formed from foam and fibreglass. It took a team of 20 yacht builders a total of three months to carve the piece by hand.
It is the first London show for the 75-year-old artist and it will be open at the same time as the popular Chelsea Flower Show – which is a perfect day out for those staying at luxury accommodation in London next week.
This year’s show will begin on May 22nd and its organisers recently announced changes to the way in which entries are judged. The decision to update the judging system by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was following calls for more transparency in the process to ensure that there was greater consistency in the results.
The changes mean that there will be more judges and that each one will be named in the show’s programme to make their decisions more accountable to those attending the Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS have suggested that by 2014, the garden designers entering the competition could be privy to the judge’s decision-making process so that they can understand why they have been awarded each medal class.
One of the key highlights of the show is the Sunday plant sell-off. This involves many of the exhibitors selling their plants and flowers to visitors for discount prices rather than have to reload them on their vans and take the gardens home again.