Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:55
Chelsea is an old boys club...The sponsors pay for air time, the designers expect gold medals and newcomers like Sue Beesley can't get a space because of the biggest nurseries who are on their 70th medals
Obviously Chelsea needs to be the best of the best but it just strikes me as unfair
I mean look at the trouble Tescos are in now after they put all the smaller shops and farmers out of business
I'll get off my soapbox now
Would you prefer it was only open to self-funded entrants? More women like that designer of the Islam garden who happens to have been funded by her rich father who's in charge of a £6.4bn property development and so can devote 24/7 to her hobby job? (I haven't read the other bios yet)
Sponsorship allows the show to be ambitious,have high standards yet remain egalitarian A high standard of growing, design, presentation, construction and other horticultural skills isn't up for negotiation.
A local fellow who my late dad knew, having worked in Newmachar 50 years isn't made of money, is down to earth and I 'm not sure would have been able to finance a stand got a gold.
If people can't get a space then it very well might be their application which is lacking.
Old boys club? Horticulture is one of the few manual trades women take up in significant numbers. The big gardens I've visited are a pretty even male/female split.
Perhaps women aren't entering competitive horticulture in the same numbers as men? I wouldn't know I'm not into the competitive scene.