How Does Your Garden Grow?

26 May 2011

While everyone else is lamenting the downpour today (flares aren’t so foxy when they turn into siphons, are they?) there’s a small crew of Grazia girls who are secretly rejoicing. Why? Because it means our poor parched gardens will be coming up roses!

We’re not the only ones who confess to being geeky gardeners. Earlier this week, Grazia Daily spoke to green-fingered gent Giles Deacon, who admitted to being obsessed with gardening - favouring lupins and foxgloves over all other flowers. And he’s not the only one. We’ve noticed more and more gardening-inspired paraphernalia creeping like an agapanthus into fashion conscience this week.

Key to the blossoming trend is of course the Chelsea Flower Show. The stars were out in force at the first day of the weeklong flower extravaganza yesterday, with a special catwalk presentation from Vivienne Westwood and Stephen Jones to celebrate the tercentenary of the show.

But threatening to overshadow the old-school flowerama at Chelsea is the madcap floral installation of Meadham Kirchoff’s Secret Garden. The design duo have collaborated with Wild at Heart to create a technicolour dream at Topshop’s Oxford Circus shop, as part of its amazing pop-up Secret Store. The potty plants and fluoro flowers sit prettily alongside the label’s ditzy floral creations, and a selection of whimsical rings and bangles created specially for the store.

So it’s once, twice, three times a trend. Just in case you needed any more affirmation that gardening is officially so hot right now, here’s a picture of style icon Michelle Obama getting down and dirty in the White House allotment. Even when she’s knee deep in compost, she still manages to colour-block (loving the red top/yellow gloves combo).

So how does your garden grow? Even if you’ve only got a window box to tend to (we recommend pansies), you can still look the part. We can picture these Hunter for the Royal Horticultural Society boots with a flirty white dress for a great festival look (Secret Garden Party perhaps?) and who could resist this Dandy watering can, £37.50, from Celia Birtwell, for when the rain stops?

And for those of you who would rather wear flowers than grow them, take inspiration from the gardens of earthly delights at Ungaro and D&G. Both catwalks were abloom with flora at the S/S '11 shows - so all you need to do is simply position yourself, hand on hip, in an actual garden, and you'll have the look nailed. And speaking of nails, all you need to top it all off is a manicure with one of this season’s verdant shades, to bring your green-fingered gardening credentials bang up to date.

 - Alannah Sparks


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