Images of the new hospitality area at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have been released as tickets to this year’s show continue to sell quickly.
Jardin Blanc, as the new area is called, is a partnership between the RHS, Sodexo and Raymond Blanc OBE, chef patron to the two-Michelin star Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
“Jardin Blanc is a new concept dedicated to an incredible and exclusive dining experience, unique to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show,” said Chris Bray, Sodexo UK & Ireland CEO, Sports & Leisure.
Raymond Blanc OBE commented: “The RHS is a standard bearer of excellence in horticulture, while the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is arguably the most extraordinary gardening event in England – possibly the world. As for me, I’ve always been in love with gardens; there, the colourful plants will flourish and the heritage vegetables will grow. From the garden, my gastronomy is born. Each season brings its drama and its own beauty. In partnership with the RHS and Sodexo, I truly look forward to designing a space, menu and experience that will delight and embrace our guests.”
Guests will enter Jardin Blanc through a set of concentric planted circles that frame Le Potager, a French-style ornamental vegetable and kitchen garden. A floating wooden pathway marks the start of a winding sensory journey through rows of planted herbs, vegetables and wildflower beds, all curated by horticultural experts and previous gold medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Signs and oversized white flowers are dotted along this walkway to guide guests through the area. Hidden amongst the shrubbery are a series of ‘speaking benches’ which create an immersive audio soundscape for visitors.
Exterior bar and kitchen The Greenhouse comes next. Tall glass panels, inspired by traditional glass flower presses, frame the space and contain an installation of pressed gin botanicals. The bar transforms throughout the day, beginning as a breakfast juice and smoothie bar, serving tea mid-afternoon and becoming an artisan cocktail bar by late afternoon and evening, mixing drinks using ingredients from local distillery partners.
The dining experience found inside Jardin Blanc will be a celebration of seasonal ingredients, combined to create modern spring dishes. The space features colourful delicacies, seasonal garnishes and local produce bringing the garden indoors. Oversized light features flood the space with colour and graphics bring the rooms to life. Guests will be encouraged to pick their own herbs from feature table terrariums to embellish the food they are served.
The Queen Elizabeth II Suite is a private party area inside Jardin Blanc for up to 110 seated guests directly on the show ground. Decorated in the traditional royal palette, the space is designed for royal visitors and guests alike.