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The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:56

Verdun!  How DARE you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:07

Agree absolutely, Blue Onion ( though I'm a bit scared of being thought 'judgemental'  )

How were the contestants selected?  I keep missing the beginning of the programme  ( too busy ) so I have no idea whether they were part of 'regional' selections and who, how, why, what, when and where these selections took place ( I know that's hardly grammatical....apologies ).  It's a bit 'pie in the sky' isn't it?  One could, I suppose, 'Google' it and get a perfectly reasonable explanation.

An older ex-Army Civil Servant, an ex 'City' high flyer, a botanist, a young part-time Waitrose shop-floor worker studying at university, an Occupational Therapist Co-Ordinator and a 'successful' ( her words, not mine ) mummy-of-twins lawyer.  I suppose the BBC sees this selection as an interesting reflection of Britain's Gardeners Today, if not it's politics  Go figure.....

Hands up all those who are financially able to pack in their jobs/careers to pursue their desire to be a Garden Designer and their ultimate belief in their abilities?

Oops.  I'm being 'judgemental' again.....possibly.......

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 15:35

There you go, littleann, you're question has been very well addressed and answered by Obelixx and Blue Onion.  Now you know, although I'm still not sure who actually funds the creation of this plot once the winner gets to Chelsea! To be honest, I'm past caring! 

The winner will have a plot allocated by the RHS at the Chelsea Flower Show, but it will not be part of the official judging process, so they won't be getting a Bronze, a Silver, a Silver Gilt or a Gold.

I am starting to lose the will to live.  Back to the weeding.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 15:06

littleann - the Royal Horticultural Society are offering the actual prize - a space at the Chelsea Flower Show.  But I have no idea who will actually PAY for it.  Presumably the BBC???

Programme shown last night being repeated now on BBC2 for anyone interested.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:32

Crumbs, every time I visit this forum I find folk shooting each other down in flames!

Think I'll give it a miss in future ( don't quote me on that! ), and get out in the garden to do something more constructive!

I imagine the BBC via it's license fee paying 'customers' will be paying for the Chelsea Garden Design garden, little-ann, as it was a BBC production which set the ball rolling.  There again, maybe not.....sure as eggs is eggs ( I know, I know, it should be 'eggs ARE eggs' plural ) it won't be left to the winning contestant to foot the bill.  It's a good question, though.  I hope you get a definitive answer, although I think Obelixx has already answered it.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 08:38

For goodness sake! Hosta and Wintersong - does it matter what the sexual orientation of the male ( or female ) contestants might or might not be?  

The question is rather 'Do they know anything about gardening and are they capable of fulfilling the brief given to them within the parameters ( and perimeters! ) of the programme?'

I agree with a number of folk on here who have spotted similarities to Bake-offs, Cook-offs, Sewing-Bee-offs (!!) Home-Design-offs......horribly formulaic even though it passes an hour on an evening.

They start with a clean, weed-free patch of pre-prepared soil, have a team of 'builders' and construction workers to do the graft for them whilst they sup tea and lean on their spades looking angst-ridden and tearful, wondering how best to spend their enormous budget when they get to the well-stocked garden centre and are then given 4 days to come up with something 'better' than their 'neighbours'.

'Theatre', yep, I can agree with that.  Pure Pantomime.

Any guesses from the forum on who the winner will be?  Seems to me it's a foregone conclusion...

Does anyone know what this is please

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:22

Leave it to you guys, then!  Hope you discover what it is, Star Gaze lily.

Does anyone know what this is please

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:09

Is it Viburnum Opulus Sterile - aka the 'snowball bush'?  Looks very like it.  Definitely a viburnum!

Mystery Plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 11:44

If that is ground elder for goodness sake don't spray with glyphosate or any other systemic weedkiller if there's any windy weather...if it hits the leaves or shoots of any plant you want to keep, it will kill it.  I'd be tempted to protect the Sambuccus ( see, I'm graciously giving in! ) with a few huge bin-liners over the plant, tied tightly round the lower stem, whilst spraying the GE and only remove them once the glyphosate has dried.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 09:57

Can't enlarge the pic on this bl***ed laptop ( better not name the particular 'variety'!! ), nutcutlet, so I'm giving in on Acer cos you're far more likely to be right on this one!

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