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Surviving the Chelsea Flower Show


by Kate Bradbury

I love Chelsea, in spite of the sore shoulders I get from carrying press releases, the aching knees from traipsing around all day and the weird cough that comes on in the middle of the Floral Marquee.


Filming at the Chelsea Flower Show 2009I love Chelsea, in spite of the sore shoulders I get from carrying press releases, the aching knees from traipsing around all day and the weird cough that comes on in the middle of the Floral Marquee. It's the biggest gardening event of the year, full of awe-inspiring floral displays and show gardens (and some pretty dodgy ones, too - plasticine?).

I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the Bradstone Biodiversity Garden, the Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden, The HESCO Garden and the Green & Black's Rainforest Garden. Biodiversity is a key theme this year, in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.

After three visits to Chelsea I think I've worked out how to get by unscathed: visit the show gardens in the rain, so I get to see them, eat my lunch in the morning to avoid time-wasting lunch queues. There's no point in dressing up and trying to look pretty, it only ends in tears by about 11.30am. Sensible shoes and a sturdy rucksack are the only way to go. 'Chelsea shoulder' is a common ailment suffered by journalists who don't stick to those rules (one that I've suffered from each year, and not just at Chelsea). But I'm still getting my hair cut. I'm calling it the 'Chelsea chop'.

I'll be blogging from the show next week and we'll be updating our Facebook page and Twitter feed:

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Gardeners' World Web User 21/05/2010 at 20:12

great articles.

Gardeners' World Web User 21/05/2010 at 21:43

I'm looking forward to reading about the biodiversity garden. I am really trying to be proactive this way and seeing what others are doing too in their gardens.

Gardeners' World Web User 29/05/2010 at 20:30

It was great to see Roy Lancaster that fantastic plantsman, he helped to make the RHS Chelsea flower show what it is. Good to see he was awarded OBE.

Gardeners' World Web User 30/05/2010 at 15:26

Now I have a real problem, I am trying to make a roof top garden. I live in Tenerife on the South East coast so when it heats up I get the trade winds, sometimes very severe, also full sun on most of the roof. I have two raised beds and a netting protector for the winds and the sun, however I want to extend from this so have built a dry wall half way across the roof with a wooden pagoda over it..(we cant use metal we are too close to the sea. I now wish to make use of all this space but I need some help with plants that wold cope in this environment. CAn you help.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:40

I would like to know who pays for the Cancer Research and other charity gardens. Does the money come from the funds and does the charities get anything out of having the gardens at Chelsea?

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