Four gardens inspired by drinks at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

We round up four gardens that took their inspiration from drinks at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, from the winelands of South Africa’s western cape to a garden planted with bee-friendly botanicals.

The Queen during her annual visit to the Chelsea Flower Show. Image: @RoyalFamily

The medal recipients at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show were announced last night, bringing with it tears of both joy and frustration. While garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw nabbed the top spot for best show garden, this year was notable for the fact that four gardens took their inspiration from drinks.

Indeed the garden and ‘botanic’ trend is gaining prominence in the drinks industry. While this is, as you might expect, most evident in the gin category, it is starting to creep into both beer and cider.

Royal warrant holder Partridges produces a Chelsea Flower Show gin in collaboration with Martin Murray, the distiller from Rock Rose, which contains 19 botanicals inspired by the show. To name just a few others, there’s Edinburgh’s 1670 gin, a collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and named after the 1670 Physic Garden, The London Distillery Company’s Kew Gin inspired by the eponymous gardens, The Oxford Artisan Distillery’s Physic Gin inspired by the University of Oxford’s botanic garden and Dyfi’s pollination gin with botanicals including wild flowers, aromatic leaves, fruits and conifer tips – all growing in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve surrounding the distillery.

In cider Lyme Bay produces a botanical expression and Rekorderlig has recently released a ‘botanicals range’ while the craze is also gaining prominence in beer, with Tempest’s Are Friends Electric?, a Gose-style beer infused with botanicals including Kaffir lime leaf, lemon peal, Angelica root and bay leaf and produced alongside James Porteous of Electric Spirit Co, being one of the latest examples.

Mixer brand Fever Tree is also getting in on the act, launching a ‘physic garden’ gin pop-up in London and today announcing the launch of Fever-Tree G&T Pub Garden awards.

The two gin brands with gardens at the show, Warner Edwards and Silent Pool, are taking this one step further by creating a physical space that replicates what they are trying to achieve in the bottle.

Returning to the show again this year, non-alcoholic spirit producer Seedlip’s garden expression relies heavily on plants, including handpicked peas and hay from founder Ben Branson’s family farm and traditional herbs including spearmint, rosemary and thyme.

Scroll through to view the drinks-inspired gardens and the medals they received.

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