Mallorca Garden Design exhibits at Chelsea Flower Show 2022 in London

Spring has arrived and like every year in May the RHS Chelsea Flower Show attracts an average of 169,000 visitors. The show has been held since 1913 and is the perfect place to see cutting edge garden layouts, new plants and discover the latest ideas in garden design. Obviously this is a top notch event and probably the best opportunity there is in our part of the world to exhibit and show your work if you are a landscape artist. It is an event that attracts a global crowd and is the “haute couture” of the international gardening scene. All gardens are judged and compete for medals. Japan’s top designers show off their stunning creations in New York, nurseries show off their latest plant and flower introductions, floral designers vie for their displays, and lifestyle brands and manufacturers launch their latest lines on trade stands. The event attracts national and international press coverage, lifestyle magazines, radio and television. The combined audience reach across all channels was an incredible 2.1 billion (2019).

Landscaping is big business in Mallorca and one of the businesses on the island called Garden design in Mallorca is led by American Tanya K Wilson and Swedish Johanna Norlin. They have been selected to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, May 24-28.

Johanna Norlin is the founder and creative director of Garden design in Mallorca. Its Swedish heritage with Scandinavian design ethos is used in its design and combined with Mediterranean planting.

Tanya K Wilson is a landscape architect from the United States where she led the design and supervision of high-end residential projects for a renowned construction company.

“We are absolutely delighted and honored to have been selected for the Chelsea Flower Show. We submitted detailed drawings and full information on our Mediterranean theme and container garden design in December last year and the Royal Horticulture Society contacted us at the beginning of the year to tell us that we had been accepted for the Container Garden category. This is a career highlight for us, but it is also a fantastic, enjoyable and memorable event to attend. There is a lot of hard work behind the design, and we have done alongside our other regular design and build projects in Mallorca.The Chelsea Flower Show is the largest and best known garden exhibition in the world, so yes, if there’s only one garden room to exhibit in, it’s the one! that you are not really fond of gardening. There is a Finnish gardener exhibiting at the show this year, but no other Swedish food designers. Tanya is, to our knowledge, the only American designer present at the show”, explains Johanna.

“The idea was to create a Mediterranean Eden for people to discover the pleasure of living in Mallorca. Chelsea offers designers the ultimate showcase of their creativity, so this is a highlight of our career. Every piece in the exhibition is carefully designed to represent a quality of the Mediterranean such as the back wall, an interpretation of stone cliffs weathered by sun and sea or the terra rosa planters, which represent the color of the ground in parts of Mallorca.We we also wanted to present a creative combination of ornamental plants for containers adapted to a Mediterranean style,” explains designer Tanya K Wilson.

So Johanna, readers understand that the big challenge is the climate difference if you compare working in Sweden to working here in Mallorca, can you tell us about your experience?
“Yes, in the Mediterranean you can design but also build gardens almost all year round. We don’t do any planting during the hot summer months. In northern Europe the garden is dormant for many months in winter, and it is not possible to do any planting, so we are spoiled here. the cooler months in Mallorca are lush, fresh and green! The gardens and nature are fantastic in the cooler months. Autumn is very pleasant here with more precipitation, the days are getting colder and the plants have a second growth in the fall. How can you not love January and February here on the island, especially with all the almond trees in bloom! Really great. I wish I could say that about my least favorite months in Sweden.”

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