|I immediately wanted to go for a walk in this garden|
Cleve West also chose to evoke a landscape this year, with his homage to the Exmoor of his childhood. It was beautifully planted and executed, with a contemporary feel rather than trying to replicate an exact slice of Exmoor. Its atmosphere took me back to geology field trips and many happy woodland walks.
|You can always rely on Heucheraholics to bring some cheer to the Great Pavilion|
Sean and Jooles's Heucheraholics Haven, brought back happy memories of childhood holidays in Bournemouth. They've excelled themselves this year and I'm delighted they won gold, especially as I always get a huge welcome whenever I see them.
|Matthew Wilson puts the finishing touches to York Minster inspired God's Own County - A Garden for Yorkshire|
My first trip to York was on the day my O Level results came out, along with the confirmation I wasn't going to fulfil my 10-year held dream and make it to medical school. Later that day, York Minster's atmosphere and its amazing stained glass windows helped calm me down and start thinking of a new way forward in life.
NAH is familiar with the city as he went to school there, so it's a special place for him too. We're off on holiday to Yorkshire soon, with at least one trip to York pencilled in for our stay.
|Rosy Hardy's Forever Freefolk for Brewin Dolphin|
My Master's dissertation involved research into salmon and trout populations in chalk streams, so it's pleasing to see this special and precious environment discussed via a show garden.
It also highlighted no matter how deeply you study a subject there's always something else to learn. Until Monday I didn't know the UK - southern England in particular - has 160 out of the world's 200 chalk streams.
|What was seen down each microscope also formed a giant-sized feature on Birmingham's exhibit|
My change of direction which started at York ended up with me peering down one of these for hours at a time for a decade or so. I viewed exciting miniature versions of the giant coccoliths Rosy Hardy had in her show garden, plus all manner of tiny creatures and plants which form the base layer of the food chain.
I never expected to find them at Chelsea, nor to peer down them to find the tiniest of sculptures set in the eye of a needle on Birmingham's exhibit in the Great Pavilion. I walked past King's Heath nursery every day on the way to school, so I'm proud to see Birmingham do so well with gold again at Chelsea this year.
|There's also much to glean from The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden re water-saving and exotic gardening|
I'm no mathematician, so luckily I could use a complicated spreadsheet to do the hard work needed with the equations and hundreds of variables. Here Nick showed nature itself can play around with maths to great effect.
Much as I loved Andy Sturgeon's and Cleve West's show gardens, it's this one that's stayed in my mind now I'm back home from Chelsea.
|Sadly I didn't give my Mini the spot it deserved like the one on the Senri-Sentei - Garage Garden had|
Finally, what could be more evocative than seeing the exact make, model and colour of your first car? My Mini was slightly younger than this one, but it was still like seeing an old friend.