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Chelsea is fantasy land where we can all dream - these gardens need massive budgets, perfect plots, huge construction and unreal planting. They give us ideas, inspiration and appreciation of what we have in our own little plot. Enjoy it for what it is and accept that no ordinary mortal has chelsea perfection. Ours gardens are perfect - because we love them!
Anyone inspired by Chelsea to create woodland can get help, advice and possibly funding from the Woodland Trust, now offering nearly four decades of native tree planting expertise externally. From a copse to a forest, a nature-friendly mix of trees will help biodoversity and boost wildlife - bees, bugs and biggie beasties - with benefits from the day of planting.
...inspired by Chelsea, I'd like to learn more about indoor plants. I have an east facing flat with no garden, only a small balcony. Can anyone advise where to start? I have bamboo but looking for something more colourful ... Many thanks.
Fed up with all these men telling us what to do, or rather over-dressed dolly birds! The only interesting woman gardener/presenter I saw, was marvellous! Slightly fat, middle-aged and wearing glasses! She was REAL- (a friend of Alan Titchmarsh) - unfortunately don't know her name. Let's face it, most gardeners are women. Not young pretty young girls, who are extremely irritating and not particularly knowledgeable. This woman WAS. Can we see more of her, please
The garden I would most like to have was Roger Platts. I always love Tom Stuart-Smith's designs too, and have several plants in my garden that I only heard about through him. However, how long before that lovely rectangle of water is covered in algae, duckweed, and general detritis - or is there some magic way to prevent this happening? And weren't those irises in pots in Andy's garden goreous too!


I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the chelsea garden show this week, but lets get real who has the time and money to be able to carry this on at home. I have my allotment and two chickens and guess what, I have just realised how lucky I am.
I love watching Chelsea. Alan is such a gentleman. I would smack Joe Swift if he kept harping on about my age etc. But Alan just ignores him which is the best thing to do. Alan has still got his hair and HIS AGE poor old Joe Swift aint...... I admire all those people who work so hard at putting on the BEST LONDON SHOW OF THE YEAR
Loved the Daily Telegraph Garden. Thank you Andy Sturgeon.Inspirational in it's intimacy. Thank you Birmingham CC for the Heroes garden and the therapy of gardens. The little we make of our all is our earthly paradise and for some of us it is a long way off - but then isn't it the journey that matters?
I thoroughly enjoyed the chelsea flower show on television and I am determined to be there next year.I particularly liked rhubard and custard from yorkshire and the eden project completed by the homeless it was so inspirational. I do not think Chelsea is elitist,anyone can grow plants or vegetables . Following my viewing of the programme I will be building my own compost heap and have just learned how to do it from the website. thanks you Alan Titchmarsh et all for giving me a great weeks highlight of the chelsea flower show.
This year for the first time, I went to Chelsea - it was fantastic!Makes the T.V.coverage all the more enjoyable. I found the M&G Investments Garden the best (not just because they sponsored the show!)I was very conscious of the "greenness" pervading all the gardens - particularly Hostas and Heucheras. Also it was good to chat to some of the gardens' builders and find out the judges' comments - it's a pity they couldn't be displayed beside each garden so that us mere mortals could understand a bit better, how the judges arrive at their decisions. A great show - I'll be there next year for sure!
re "Posted by Chelsea Flower Show at 8:35 pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010". If it's the lady I think it is, her first name is Christine Walkden and she's the no-nonesense gardening expert on the BBC's "one show" - she gets all the guests - no matter how "big a name" - to get planting / involved in what she's talking about on each show and brooks no backing out.
This is the first year I have been unable to watch Chelsea on television or visit the show as I now live in Czech Republic, there is nothing like it here. It is such a shame that a shortened version of the television coverage cannot be televised and shown on the BBC world news so that people like me can enjoy a little bit of what is the beginning of summer. Gardening is not so popular here but hopefully by trying to create an essentially english garden in a foreign country I will be creating a greater interest in a great hobby.
Am I alone? I visited Chelsea last Friday with a keen amateur gardening friend.The crowds were vast so that we were viewing the gardens with people packed sometimes six deep.It was a challenge to appreciate the gardens when you have to struggle to see them! We are regulars at the Gardener's World show and are perhaps spoiled by the display stands where plants may be bought and expert advice is cheerfully provided. Head North gardeners!
whilst watching the RHS Chelsea show , i saw a plant which i think was a russet coloured "cotton grass" which i believe is native to Canada. It is in the sedge family I think. I have the normal white cotton grass growing around my pond but would love to have some of these lovely peachy coloured fluffy heads waving around my pond. Does anyoe know where I may get some? or seeds I have scoured the seed catalogues but cant find any. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thankyou.


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Hi, Nice post. I don't have a garden like this garden on your picture. but i love it.It's really a beautiful garden i think. Thank you Please clic on it For some information of chelsea. Locksmiths Chelsea
I watch Chelsea on the TV every year and then go out into my own garden and tell it "None of them beat you"! We all make our gardens to suit ourselves and that includes treats like white foxgloves. I too am rejoicing that the bees are being catered for.

@margaret..i am with you there.. it is impossible to fully appreciate the gardens when there.. i wish we were able to wander round like they do on the telly.. it seems a bit of waste of time..if people cant actually enjoy them fully... it has gone very commercialised lately and i dont see it getting any better.. this is first year i have not been and have seen the gardens much better sat on sofa..

I liked the trend towards naturalistic planting of native wildflowers. And that's about it. As another poster said, I have my own little patch and that's good enough for me.

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