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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Set To Open For 22nd Year

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show has many new ideas

The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, more commonly called the Chelsea Flower Show, is the world’s most prestigious horticultural extravaganza, and opens in London, England on Tuesday 24th May, lasting until 28th May. Once again the garden designers have put in an incredible amount of work, for a display that lasts such a short time. However, the garden designers all agree that despite the tremendous amount of work, the high stress of getting everything right, most of them come back again and again.

This year the theme is to grow your own, and encourages people to grow their own food, even in an urban setting. Designer Patrick Collins said that in his garden every plant is connected to food or drink, and yet is still considered an ornamental garden despite being created with edible plants. As Collins points out, about 90 per cent of our food comes from just 20 plant species. He has designed a glass tower which has a green herb wall, and window boxes which are growing vegetables.

Diarmuid Gavin has his design, Irish Sky Garden, suspended above the trees at the show for a very different kind of garden, one not many of us could afford.

In fact there are 17 show gardens on display this year, costing on average a quarter of a million pounds to produce, exhibiting many new plants and with many new ideas. The designers claim they get a great deal of media coverage for the event, so much that Fleming’s Nurseries in Australia have been present at the show since 2004 when they first attended on a whim. Wes Fleming says that “Every year the media we get in Australia for building one garden across here in England is more than our industry gets in 12 months.”

There is even a garden promoted by Leeds City Council, Leeds being a city in England, although the funding for the garden is provided by a local firm Hesco. Councillor Adam Ogilvy, Executive Member for Leisure at the Council points out that this is very positive for Leeds as “It raises the profile of the city. It’s a way of profiling apprenticeships and training for our park staff and we also involve school kids and young people,” and in these tough economic times that is something which is much needed.

Once the show is over, and the medals have all been awarded, some of the show gardens will be set up else where, while others are split apart, and the plants and props used in other garden projects.

The Queen makes a point of attending the Chelsea Flower Show, and there is speculation that Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his new bride  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will attend.

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