Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:26
Places like Birmingham get prestige and recognition which must be a help when fighting funding cuts from the Council. Town and Parks departments are not to be sniffed at. Alan Titchmarsh and Roy Lancaster both started in their local department. At Tatton there's a whole section on municipal plantig and displays with medals and prizes to be won and career paths to be smoothed.
The nurserymen and women get loads of orders from their stands at Chelsea and so, undoubtedly, do the garden designers so yes, it's all about networking and generating business. Lots of the gardens end up in a new home too.
A few years ago one was bought lock, stock and barrel by a man who wanted an instant garden for his new home. Some, such as the Alzheimers or Hope for Heroes get rebuilt at homes or hospitals which provide special care. Bunny Guinness's potager garden was rebuilt in a London school to help with teaching their curriculum. Chris Beardshaw built one of his gardens with teh help of the special needs kids who lived in the home and garden that inspired it.
Don't be fooled by the superficial glamour. Lots of good stuff comes out of Chelsea and is aided and abetted by the RHS.