Only the British could come up with an event as chic as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Each year, this not-to-be-missed event for talented green thumbs is your chance to discover the very best in horticulture and gardening. The aim is to promote innovations in the field, and to spotlight excellence in gardening. A source of inspiration as much as a research laboratory, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which will celebrate its centenary in 2013, each year presents artist gardens but also new varieties of plants and flowers.
The event can welcome over its 5 days more than 150,000 visitors, and continues to be one of the spots where trends are born. This year, the pop-up garden created by L'Occitane en Provence with the designer Peter Dowle was rewarded with a gold medal. It’s quite an event for L’Occitane as this award emphasizes the anti-aging properties of that which we call “the beauty of the maquis”.
This tremendous adventure has made it possible to develop local farming with care and respect and offer a true innovation in cosmetics. With this garden, Olivier Baussan and Peter Doyle literally teleport the Corsican scrubland, the maquis – made up of emblematic Corsican plants such us laurel bay, lavender or lemon verbena – to the heart of London. This reconstitution allows visitors to the RHS Chelsea Show to be transported to a typical Corsican setting. A bubble of maquis that evokes the perfumed walks organized by Stéphane Rogliano in the hills of Porto-Vecchio, which are marked by these unique scents, and an opportunity to lose oneself in the mountains of Corsica.
Royal Horticultural Society