Posted: 26/05/2017 at 11:00
I've been to Chelsea often enough to know the gardens look very different "in the flesh" and that BBC coverage is lamentable and it's the same criticism every year - repeat views of the same old gardens but leaving out others completely, stupid things like Nikki trying and failing to arrange flowers, visits to "celeb" gardens which should really be in a series of their own and programmed for 3am judging by the quality of most of them, features on designers sourcing plants - that should be in a special Making Chelsea show and so on and so forth.
I can't see why it is beyond the powers that Beeb to schedule an equal length visit to every single main garden, artisan, fresh garden with an overall view and then close ups on plant combinations and a chat with the designer about the whys and wherefores. They could do a whole series on the nurseries exhibiting in the marquee and really should devote more time to them as they are exceptional plants people.
Love the bits with Adam discussing design and Carol on plants. Joe Smith is marginally less irritating this year but I still find Monty looks uncomfortable in his role.
There is something odd about a Flower Show having so many "natural" landscapes. I know it's been hard to find sponsors to fund big gardens this year and sincerely hope that next year they'll have a but more confidence and we'll have some proper gardens with more plants than stone/concrete/water.