Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:24
Chelsea is all about excellence in plant growing, breeding, collecting and developing. The best nurserymen and women show their wares on their own stands as well as supplying plants to the show gardens which are intended to showcase new plants, new materials and new trends.
It's also a showcase for trade stands selling water features, sculptures, furniture, conservatories, greenhouses, garden tools and machinery, gardening clothes and sundries so it's also about British jobs and British goods and the British economy.
It's also a fun day out for people who like plants and there's a wide mix of those from all walks of life and many nations, usually all friendly and chatty.
There's plenty to "get" whether you like the format or not.
I do, however, agree about Monty's eccentric suiting. He should get a proper one if he's to do it again.