Episode 11 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Episode 11

Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel de Thame discover how the themes of water, boundaries and the British countryside are dominating the exhibits at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.


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As gardeners, we follow fashion just like everybody else. When

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decking was declared the new block paving, grasses the new ferns.

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Water features the new ponds, we dashed out to buy them in the name

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of progress. It is because of these revolutions that over the years our

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outdoor space has evolved, but who decides what we should grow and

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sow? Where are the concepts born? Many would agree it is at Chelsea

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Flower Show. Once a year the best designers and growers help shape

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the the the future. Chris Beardshaw discovers Chelsea's plans for an

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irrigation nation. Planting to his own tune, musician and artist,

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Goldie reveals his gardening passions.

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Me, Goldie, drum and base man, vegetables. Can you believe it?

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Paul Barney shows his taste. I have to keep my wife off this

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because she is really dying to use it for cooking.

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Welcome to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show supported by M&G Investments.

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It is day four of Chelsea and today is one of the busiest and hottest

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yet. So forgive me taking off my jacket and if I get into a pool by

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the end of the programme, you will know why. It is a Chelsea first.

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The gates were open to anyone lucky enough to have a ticket. As soon as

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the gates open, the crowds head down there and along there, the

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Rock Bank to see the show gardens. This year, it has been spectacular.

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It has been fantastic. It is so busy down there though. Have you

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tried to walk through? I have. It has been difficult. Did you see

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Furzey Gardens and Chris Beardshaw's garden today? I did.

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It was awash with golden balloons. He has been working with this

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wonderful team of kids with learning difficulties. He rang them

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and said, "We got a Gold Medal.". There was a huge crowd of them.

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Do you think Chris cried again? He has not admitted to it it! The

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mission is to pro provoke opinion and influence how we think and

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challenge decisions and even persuade us as to what we should

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buy. This year there is a message filtering through about planning

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for a future where water can no longer be taken for granted. Chris

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went to look at the designs show garden designers this year is

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the sustainable management of water. Of course, the big question is why

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should gardeners be concerned about that? This season more than any

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demonstrates just what can happen when seasonal variations cause

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drought and deluge. For gardeners, there is a more fundamental reason

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why we should be concerned with how we manage water within our plots

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and that's that the plants that we grow and fall in love with, that

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create our landscapes, are governed by water. The nutrients and the

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organisms that release the nutrients, they rely on water being

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present in the soil and in the plant. This Blue Water Garden is an

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example of what can be done. A subtle adjustment of typeography

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encourages the rainwater to flow towards the beds and towards the

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reservoirs at its heart. Plants have been selected for their

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Charles Kennedyistics of being -- characteristics of being able to

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cleanse the water before come nothing the reservoirs. Examples of

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that luzula luzula nivea, the choice of plant material all able

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cope with deluge and long-term drought.

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Management of water doesn't necessarily dictate the style of

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your design solution as demonstrated here. Where gutter

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down pipes and water butts are converted to sculptural features.

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It is no surprise that here amongst the fresh gardens, there are

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innovative design solutions in terms of water management. On the

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soft machine garden here, grey water. That's water that's been

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used in the house ends up in a tank in the garden. And then, when you

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exercise, pedalling the bike, the water is pumped out of the grey

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water tank, via this front axle and the pump here up into the green

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wall. The green wall has a volcanic sub strait, which helps cleanse out

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the toxins and pollutants. That cleansed water ends up in a fresh

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reservoir in the garden. It can be used for for irrigation.

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This garden shows real innovation in breaking the tradition and

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inefficient link between rain that falls on a roof and it being wasted

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as it spills down a gutter. What they have done here is to simulate

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the roof-line, the water drains through into a traditional gutter,

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into a down pipe and a water butt and there is a watering can here,

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but then any overflow goes into a reservoir. The really exciting

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thing is what happens when you want to irrigate because this is linked

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to a series of of rills which are permeable. Water isn't wasted, it

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goes to where the plants need it at the roots. This is an old technique.

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In fact, it is the very technique that was employed by the ancient

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Egyptians. They were able to take walk from the Nile and pull the

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sluicegate and suddenly the If you press the Red Button, you

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can find out more about how weather has an impact on the way gardens

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are designed to deal with extremes in our weather patterns. Don't

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press yet! Wait until after the programme!

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Over the last few months, the weather has been causing jip.

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Yesterday, I caught up with Alys Fowler.

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It has been a fiendish spring to start vegetable growing. We were

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lulled by that warm March and it got cold.

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Cold and anything you attempted to sow, rotted.

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You would encourage people, there is time, start sewing now? Plenty

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of time to catch up, particularly if it will stay like this. It will

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be fine. There is no problem. When you come here, where is the

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first place you head? I headed straight to Edulis. He is a

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specialist grower of rare and unusual edibles. I knew it was his

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first time at Chelsea and I couldn't wait to see what he

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brought. No disappointments. I fell in love

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No disappointments. I fell in love with this plant.

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Now I have a fantasy of making a woodland of it.

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Once it was peas and beans and giant cabbages!

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What's the trend forward? What are the things that are coming in that

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are surprising? There is going to be a big trend around perennial

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vegetables because they offer a low maintenance plan. You don't have to

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be there sowing every spring. that? Artichokes, but Edulis is

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putting all sorts of extraordinary things.

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Do we need to be more adventurous? You need to have a balance. The

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unusual stuff, you can't survive, they are little tastes of things.

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You still need your potatoes and carrots.

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You have a wonderful system? I have been looking for a solution to grow

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peas in pots. It is a charming pattern and you get three of them

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so you can interlock them. I think peas and sweet peas and

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gothic arches are a cut above the with gothic arch peas supports!

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With 85% of people in the UK living in towns and cities, gardens make

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up a huge amount of the landscape so the things we grow and how we

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grow them can have more effect than we think. Rachel, has been taking a

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look around the RHS environment marquee to find out how working

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together in our back gardens can large and impressive show gardens

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and beautiful plants. There is also a strong educational message and

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I'm here on the garden designed by the University of Leeds where they

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are getting the message across about how much you can grow in a

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small space. It is delicious and looks beautiful and most

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importantly, you are cutting down on the food miles. If you are

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growing your own, well you want to maximise that crop by encouraging

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lots of beneficial, pollinating bees and insects into the garden.

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So give them their own tailor-made environment. Well, water

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conservation and management has become a key issue. Particularly

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now that we are experiencing often periods of dry weather and then

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sometimes a deluge, flash flooding as a result. So this garden, I

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think, tackles these problems with real style and panache and here you

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have this roof which is designed to absorb any rain and instead of the

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run off coming down the the drain, this arrangement takes it down into

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the water butt and any surplus can go into this graphled area and the

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plants like having their feet just that little bit more wet so they

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can cope with any extra run off. It looks good. It is extremely

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practical. The other important message is to

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minimise the amount of carbon dioxide that gets released into

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atmosphere and you can help with that by planting plenty of trees

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and shrubs and that helps to lock the carbon into the stems, into the

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roots and actually into the soil itself. The other important thing

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and it is so easy to do, is make your own compost. Don't buy it in.

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You don't need a big space. This compost bin is not very large and

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it is quick and easy to do and better for the environment and

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berry festival. It has been a feature since 1967. Sadly, Ken

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passed away last year, but his family and staff are committed to

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growing fruit and inspiring other people to do the same. Roj, his son,

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this -- Roger, his son, this is a tradition you were brought up in.

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Dad started off in the Army and the family were in London, four

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brothers, and he decided to be a fruit grower. He studied in

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Chelmsford and and bought a farm at Clacton-on-Sea.

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Are people still as keen on them? The great thing about them, these

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are the soft fruits that you can grow in a small space as witnessed

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by your pots? These are self- watering tower pots. Strawberries

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don't like being overwatered. So it is drawn up... It is drawn up

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rather than rained down on. It is marvellous. It is an easy way of

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growing. Keep them for three years. Give us a ring and put some more in.

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The big thing about growing your own, is it still up there or

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sliding a bit? We have moved into trees, but dad has always been

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known as the strawberry man. Yes. Can I say the KM of Strawberries!

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He never finished his book. He started it, but never got to the

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end of it, The Rise And Fall Of A Strawberry Grower.

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You have the Ken Muir straw better? Well, we had -- the Ken Muir

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strawberry? Well, we had to do something for the old boy.

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Can I try some? You know, I have always wanted to do this. Will you

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pray for a re-take? Oh. Is that lovely? It is my first

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English strawberry and it is fab. Ken Muir good on you. Don't talk

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with your mouth full, Alan. Inspiring people to grow their own

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is a passion. For Paul Barney it is a mission, he prides himself on

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growing the most exotic, of course, for him, variety is the spice of

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life. We caught up with Paul in a not so tropical Berkshire to see

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what he had on the menu for his anyone who likes to eat something

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from their garden. I have always been very passionate about planting,

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since I was a little boy, growing vegetables for the local flower

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show. It is good fun to introduce people to new plants and get them

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to try them. I am at my happiest when I am doing this. I think of

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myself as a plant hunter, in the loosest sense, in that I am always

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looking for something unusual, something which is out of the

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ordinary. I counted yesterday, I have been to 68 countries

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altogether. It seems I have been travelling for a long time, and one

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of my greatest joy is is going to a forest which I have not been too,

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and sometimes you can go in and you will not be recognising anything,

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it is like a wonderland. I just grow plants for the love of them.

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If I love a plant, I will grow it. These are some I collected in

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Georgia. It takes me back to the meadow I was sitting in, having a

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picnic. These were from the corner of that field. And now, they have

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come up! Designing the exhibit at Chelsea, I really tried to display

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a range of unusual edible plants, which also can look fantastic. And

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so, you have got a bit of both, you can have a plant which is going to

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look great as well as produce something edible or medicinal. I

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have got plants from most continents. We have got America,

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Asia, Europe, Africa. We have got a pretty good Brabazon taken from all

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over the world. I found this one, which has this wonderful foliage,

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in a market in India. I have to keep my wife off this, because she

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is really dying to use it for cooking. It is used a lot for onion

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bhajis and she looks at it enviously. This one is marvellous.

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The flowers come out like little dancing ladies, to about 2ft. The

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amazing thing is, it flowers again on its leaves are later in the year.

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So it is a double whammy. With any luck, they will be ready for

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Chelsea. And we have got a plant here which is really tasty, this

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one, known as the cuckoo flower. For me, it is an easy watercress.

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It is just delicious. One of the plants that we Lavin the nursery is

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the giant Himalayan rhubarb. It has proved to be a monster. The first

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flower spikes were 15ft high, which is ridiculous. The leaves were

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ridiculously big. But this one has fantastic, large, rhubarb stalks,

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and tastes just like rhubarb, with a bit of apple. I have had a few

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sleepless nights worrying about what could possibly go wrong, and

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whether I have remembered everything, and that is still an

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ongoing process! I am nervous about what to expect at Chelsea, because

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it is just going there and not knowing. If you have done a show

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before, you know what to expect and it is a lot easier. Just the number

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of variables at Chelsea, gold would be lovely, but that would be a bit

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of a high expectation. I would not be unhappy with anything less,

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seeing as it is my first time. This might be your first Chelsea,

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but you have already got a great fan, Alice Fowler, who came to me

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yesterday, raving about your edible plants. So, you must be pleased to

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be here, how did you get on? We got a silver, and we were very happy.

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have got to ask you about the dancing ladies - did they make it?

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Unfortunately they did not make it. Maybe another year. And the giant

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rhubarb? That did make it, yes, it has grown about 2 two since we have

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been here! One thing which has caught my eye is this one. It is a

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pretty thing, but it really stings. What is special about this one? It

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is a lovely, dainty plant, with a really long flowering season. It

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will come into flower in April and finish probably late October. That

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is superb. It is a tremendous performance, from one plant. This

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one is the purple form of cow parsley - you seem to have

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something bigger. I am very fond of growing the purple angelica, which

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is a lovely foil for other plants in the garden. Does it come through

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from seed? It does, you will get a high proportion of seedlings.

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you have to weed out the green ones? I actually like to keep a few,

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to get the degradation of tones, the mixture of the tones together.

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Sometimes you will get them to flower again from the same stock,

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but usually they will die after flowering. I think I will go for a

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forest of purple Angelica. Many congratulations. Well, one man's

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orange is another man's something else, and here at Chelsea, although

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we are all good friends, there are moments, quite frankly, when I

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would rather be alone. Andy Sturgeon has been showing that on

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occasions, well-defined boundaries can be a good thing. Most of our

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gardens have quite ordinary fences, hedges and walls. But the

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boundaries can be an integral part of the design. This year at Chelsea,

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there are some ingenious solutions as to how to enclose your garden.

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These walls in the World Vision garden are made from a special

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steel, which is now being used in architecture all over the world.

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The horizontal lines create a bold statement, contrasting to the

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vertical trunks of the trees. The colours mix perfectly. In this

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garden, they have got a solid boundary, but it is alive. It is a

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piece of living architecture. Not only does it increase the amount of

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growing space in the garden, but it adds fantastic depth and texture.

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This Land's End garden may not appear to be pushing any boundaries

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it is all about biodiversity and attracting wildlife. This native

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field maple hedge is a wonderful habitat for insects and birdlife.

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This wall, which is made from locally sourced, Cornish stone,

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will become a great home for all sorts of insects which will provide

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a great food source for birds. Here in this rooftop garden, they

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have got a living hedge, up on stilts. It is ideal for screening

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neighbouring buildings, and it takes up very little valuable space

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field too claustrophobic, you could just go for a partial screen, like

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this one, in the Caravan Club Garden. This screen lets light come

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through it, so it does not feel too enclosed. It works like a net

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curtain, because I can see out that other people cannot easily see him.

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This garden has no vertical barrier whatsoever. It just has this

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beautiful, simple water feature which goes around the garden,

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defining the space. The plants are unrestrained, and the views from

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within are unrestricted. It goes to show that when it comes to

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boundaries, there are no limits. I am very happy to have a hedge,

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but anyway, we gardeners are diverse lot. We do not have a funny

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handshake or anything, the first you might learn about a person's

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green credentials is when carrots get mentioned over the garden fence.

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But it is always a pleasure to share your passion with somebody

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new, especially when they are as enthusiastic as you are. I would

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never have suspected that musician and artist Goldie was a member of

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the Gardening Club. But last week we caught up with him in his

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outdoor sanctuary, and he could not wait to show us around.

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Welcome to my garden, my little safe haven. It was an absolute bomb

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when I came here, it was terrible. I did not really pay any attention

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to it. It was concrete, all mashed up. I have always liked Japan, my

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wife is Japanese. I wanted to give it that kind of theme, very minimal

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as well. I lived a life of chaos for so long, and they always say,

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there is a science in chaos, it works itself out. For me, I am

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working this out, and it is coming out nicely. I like to pleasantly

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surprised people. He has been growing that one for 25 years. It

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is nice seeing stuff change. When you're young, it is like olives,

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you get older, you start to have an appreciation for them. I guess my

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wife is my biggest influence. She really brings out the sun for me.

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She really inspired me to get in the garden and do stuff. She loves

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cooking, she loves gardening. She is half Japanese, half Dutch. So,

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maybe tulips have got something to do with it. It is really nice,

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because even the little bamboos that I have got, they are really

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beautiful, really lovely. A lot of them, we lost half of this side

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because of the frost, we had a lot of babies in, and it was a

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nightmare. My dad is from Miami, I practically lived in Miami for a

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couple of years. The first thing I saw was palm trees on the way to my

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dad's. It was one of those things, I had them when they were about

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:27:29.:27:33.

this high. But how they have grown?! This will be my first year

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at Chelsea, I will be looking for ideas, some neat fencing ideas, and

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also some topical stuff, which is durable. I want to try to pull in a

:27:45.:27:54.

lot of different stuff, to bring in some things to fillet out a little

:27:54.:28:00.

bit. I just got into vegetables for the last three years, and every

:28:00.:28:05.

year, I have had a fantastic crop. Meet, vegetables - can you believe

:28:05.:28:10.

it? What is the world coming to? I was growing courgette Skomer runner

:28:10.:28:18.

beans, garlic, potatoes, everything. And then the frost came this year

:28:18.:28:22.

and killed it all. It is like me being in a nightclub and not

:28:22.:28:31.

playing any music. It is terrible. Birds singing, empty vegetable

:28:31.:28:41.
:28:41.:28:43.

patch - not good. Come on, sun! My vegetable needs you!

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Goldie, few people would have thought you were a gardener.

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would have thought it? You did not have a childhood which was much

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involved with a garden in. Not at all. For a few years of your life,

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gardening was not on your list. Definitely not. A friend of mine,

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Richard, said to me, you have got to sort that garden out. He said,

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let me show you what you can do with it. He came in and he went,

:29:16.:29:21.

but these here, move that around. I thought, hang on a minute, that's

:29:21.:29:24.

really nice. It changed my perception. Then my wife got hold

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of me, and said, let's put some Japanese stuff in. She said, do you

:29:31.:29:37.

like these? Do you like them? And then she brought me some Japanese

:29:37.:29:44.

Maples. As soon as I started with that Japanese Dean, it took off

:29:44.:29:54.
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from there. So that was the moment. Does it come when you get a bit of

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land that's your responsibility? You felt, "Yes, I ought to do

:30:06.:30:11.

something." I was always in a tight environment and I never liked that

:30:11.:30:17.

stuff, but having space, it is a work in progress. My wife always

:30:17.:30:21.

says it is a work in progress. Going off and getting ideas and try

:30:21.:30:25.

and working out what that work in progress might be. There is

:30:25.:30:31.

something missing, because it is spaced out... You have room for a

:30:31.:30:35.

few more features. But your veg patch, we have all

:30:35.:30:38.

suffered this year because it was cold.

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I was supplying my local store. I never thought it would be one of

:30:42.:30:45.

those things I would think about and I would go to the local

:30:45.:30:50.

supermarket and you would buy stuff and think that's all right, it is

:30:50.:30:55.

yellow. Ritchie said, you have got this going on, let me sort the veg

:30:55.:31:00.

patch out now. Second tier. We started growing this veg and then

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it started getting enormous, the beans were coming out like this.

:31:04.:31:11.

Right, a bit of stir fry. I'm eating it and it is just white and

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it stays fresh for days. I feel with all the healthy eating and

:31:15.:31:20.

stuff like that. Do you see yourself going on with

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this and developing it and taking it on. It doesn't sound like a

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flash in the pan? There is a couple of palms here and I'm thinking

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"mine is bigger." Maybe next year. Well, you have done Maestro, I

:31:39.:31:46.

think you ought to do Chelsea. I have got palms to remind me of

:31:46.:31:49.

Miami and I have had these two close together and one is yellow,

:31:49.:31:56.

flowering and one has got black seeds. The chap just said to me,

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"You are pollinating. You have got male and female." The seeds will

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make palms. Lovely to see you.

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We will catch up with you later when you have had a tour around the

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gardens! Still plenty to come on the RHS

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Chelsea Flower Show supported by M&G Investments.

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Boxing match - designers have explain why they have gone all

:32:29.:32:35.

heavy metal. The colours dominating the show.

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Rachel talks to Jo Thompson about parking the very first caravan on

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Main Avenue. I never thought I would get so

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emotional... About a tin box. She is just gorgeous.

:32:49.:32:54.

The clipping of evergreen plants into ornamental shapes has been

:32:54.:32:59.

drifting in and out of fashion since Roman times. It was launched

:32:59.:33:04.

on its journey across Britain introducing a formal element to our

:33:04.:33:10.

gardens that remained ever since. The 18th century saw it become

:33:10.:33:14.

unfashionable. The Second World War bombed it. Its popularity has ebbed

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and flowed. This year it is make ago comeback and versions can be

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seen defining gardens across the showground. Carol went to see why

:33:24.:33:34.
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the qualifications to make these shapes. For a start, it is

:33:50.:33:54.

evergreen. It has dense growth and it has small leaves, but this year

:33:54.:33:59.

at Chelsea, people have used all sorts of different plants in very

:33:59.:34:04.

imaginive ways to do just -- imagine stiff way to say just the

:34:04.:34:14.
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same -- imagine stiff ways to do the same. This is ilex crentia. It

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is a Japanese plant and it is used in Japan and the States to do just

:34:22.:34:27.

this sort of work. It is little known in this country,

:34:27.:34:33.

but I think it has a great future. The use of these formal topiary

:34:33.:34:42.

shapes rising out from foamy, froths of informal planting. I

:34:42.:34:49.

would never of dreamt of using these as topiary, but it works

:34:49.:34:53.

beautifully, but you have to keep on the ball when it comes to

:34:53.:35:01.

snipping with the secretary secateurs.

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At first sight this garden looks very formal and traditional, but

:35:06.:35:15.

look again! Each one of these wonderful U-figures is different.

:35:15.:35:21.

On closer inspection, having expected these figures to have been

:35:22.:35:28.

arranged perfectly, you realise that they are not at all. They are

:35:28.:35:32.

askew and you can imagine during the night that these enormous

:35:32.:35:40.

figures probably move around a bit! This is what you call tra call

:35:40.:35:44.

traditional topiary with a twist. Whichever plant you choose, and

:35:44.:35:50.

however you care to display it, there is no doubt that topiary adds

:35:51.:36:00.
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a touch of class or should it be charge that had you brought topiary

:36:03.:36:10.

into Chelsea showground and make it popular. How do you plead? Guilty.

:36:10.:36:15.

Why do you like it? I like the way it provides scale and stops the eye

:36:15.:36:20.

travelling around the garden too much and it helps anchor anchor

:36:20.:36:24.

buildings into the land landscape. It is a great connector between the

:36:24.:36:28.

landscape and the house. I love the art of clipping of the topiary. It

:36:28.:36:32.

is one of the disciplines that I love.

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Carol said yours is like little people. There is a personality to

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to topiary? They are standing guard and they have a different character

:36:45.:36:48.

and Jason from the Australian Garden is worried that one had a

:36:48.:36:52.

bigger head than the other. That's the attraction. It off set the

:36:52.:36:55.

symmetry that's going on there. Why do you think topiary went out?

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I don't think it has, has it? Little corners.

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Capability Brown. It is the great landscape movement

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and they cleared the twidly bits away. It has always hung on? I I I

:37:19.:37:25.

think it survived in cottage gardens and manor houses. In the

:37:25.:37:30.

big important gardens, it did get lost. It is not as popular, but it

:37:30.:37:35.

is something that I feel is very much of our gardening heritage and

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you do see it, most villages that you go to, you will find topiary

:37:40.:37:44.

plants and it has a revival and it is something that I have used for

:37:44.:37:48.

years and years. So you would like to think that you

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are bringing it back? I don't think it has gone away. The thing I like

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about it. I like using sculpture and it is a good second best. It is

:37:56.:38:00.

cheaper than buying a sculpture and you can do anything and it engages

:38:00.:38:04.

you with the garden. I have 130 of them in my garden,

:38:04.:38:09.

cones and balls and pyramids. I love them. Thank you very much for

:38:09.:38:19.
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championing topiary. beginnings of Chelsea Flower Show

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and each year it becomes difficult for a designer and exhibitor to

:38:26.:38:30.

bring something new to the showground, but that is what the

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horticultural world expects. This year Jo Thompson has broken ground

:38:35.:38:39.

and broken rules by bringing the first caravan on to Main Avenue.

:38:39.:38:44.

Her vision is to celebrate our obsession for holidaying in the

:38:44.:38:47.

British countryside. But also to remind us that our journey can

:38:47.:38:57.
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to go on a caravanning holiday. A few years ago, my children, they

:39:06.:39:11.

were so desperate for us to go camping or caravanning and I did

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research online for luxury caravans and ended up on this site that was

:39:16.:39:22.

full of these 1950s trailers, American trailers and it was the

:39:22.:39:31.

best holiday I've ever had. I got on to this site and tipped

:39:31.:39:35.

the children out of the caravan, into a field, and I didn't see them

:39:35.:39:39.

for a week! It is something new to have a

:39:39.:39:43.

caravan in a Chelsea show garden. I think caravanning is becoming

:39:43.:39:47.

fashionable again. It is interesting when I've talked to

:39:47.:39:51.

people about this garden, their reaction is warm towards caravans

:39:51.:39:57.

and just like all things 50s, vintage, we have gone from the term

:39:57.:40:05.

glamping this glamorous camping to glam caravanning which I think is

:40:05.:40:10.

lovely. When I started designing this garden, it was really meant to

:40:10.:40:15.

be a garden with a caravan sitting in the corner that was an extra

:40:15.:40:20.

room and looking through holiday photos, just to get inspiration, I

:40:20.:40:28.

saw Doris in the background. Doris is a 1950s vintage Fisher caravan

:40:28.:40:31.

which aren't made anymore. Aluminium, the paint stripped back

:40:31.:40:35.

and she is beautiful, she is like a giant toaster. I made a phone call

:40:35.:40:40.

and got measurements and realised she would be perfect, she will be

:40:40.:40:46.

towed from the Isle of Wight up the motorway into London and on to the

:40:46.:40:51.

showground and I think it's, again, I can't imagine her in a queue with

:40:51.:40:58.

all these huge, articulated lorries all around her, but I think it will

:40:58.:41:08.
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be great and I can't wait to see day. At least once a day. The dog

:41:13.:41:17.

would like to come three or four times a day if possible and it

:41:17.:41:23.

really feels British. I don't think you can get anything more British

:41:23.:41:28.

than a bluebell wood in the spring time.

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Bluebells, primroses, the ladies smock or cuckoo flowers. Each time

:41:34.:41:38.

of year, there is something else to catch the eye.

:41:38.:41:42.

I love how you have got all these strong verticals of the trees and

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they are not all in the distance, some are in the foreground and you

:41:46.:41:49.

look through to other planting. I love the way it is all really loose

:41:49.:41:55.

as well and there is no, it isn't a manicured planting and I don't

:41:55.:42:00.

think any of the arrangements of of flowers and plants and treesI ever

:42:00.:42:05.

put together could be called manicured. It is always a bit loose,

:42:05.:42:12.

a bit, it is natural. I really hope that when people see

:42:12.:42:18.

this garden at Chelsea, they can look at it and understand it. You

:42:18.:42:23.

know, it isn't a concept actual garden t it is a ten by ten meter

:42:24.:42:29.

space so a lot of people have that sized garden and I just want it to

:42:29.:42:39.
:42:39.:42:39.

there, is one of my favourite gardens. I love it. Every time I

:42:39.:42:44.

walk past, I get another peep. How do you feel the design transferred

:42:44.:42:51.

on to this space? It is a really simple design. It was based on the

:42:51.:42:55.

diagonal. We have the caravan at the far end and I wanted to break

:42:55.:43:01.

up the view as you look towards it. So we have got this this rill and

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and benches sitting on the rill and when it came together, it worked.

:43:07.:43:10.

Miraculously. So how do you feel about the judges' response to the

:43:10.:43:15.

garden? I was pleased with their response. It is my first time on

:43:15.:43:20.

Main Avenue and being up here with the big boys was faunting and --

:43:20.:43:24.

daunting and when we got silver, it was brilliant. It was more than I

:43:24.:43:27.

could have wished for. One of the things that really

:43:27.:43:35.

speaks to me is your planting. It is so beautiful. What's the

:43:35.:43:39.

inspiration behind that? Well, I live in Kent and I'm

:43:39.:43:45.

surrounded by hedgerows and verges full of cow parsley and I wanted to

:43:45.:43:50.

bring bring those into the garden setting and mix them up with roses,

:43:50.:43:54.

the more traditional garden plants and give that looser, relaxed feel.

:43:54.:43:59.

What about Doris? Surely you aren't going to be able to part with her

:43:59.:44:03.

after the show? I have fallen in love with her. I have really fallen

:44:03.:44:06.

in love with her. I never thought I would get so emotional about a tin

:44:06.:44:10.

box. She is gorgeous. She has a personality of her own. She has

:44:10.:44:14.

given the garden a character. Everything has come from her and

:44:14.:44:17.

she is great. Well, she makes the garden, but all

:44:17.:44:21.

of it is beautiful. Congratulations. This year, there is plenty of

:44:22.:44:25.

reason to stay home and enjoy a staycation. The jubilee and the

:44:25.:44:29.

Olympics for starters, but when the sun comes out and you can't beat

:44:29.:44:34.

the UK landscape and all its wild and floral beauty. A camping,

:44:34.:44:44.

glamping, hotel, motels, tempting enough to stay at home? We asked

:44:44.:44:54.
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people where they preferred to special to me because I spent a lot

:44:56.:45:02.

of my childhood there, it is Devon. Sussex at this time of year is

:45:02.:45:07.

absolutely resplendent. If there was a place that I was particularly

:45:07.:45:11.

fond of holidaying in, I am certainly not going to tell you.

:45:11.:45:16.

Devon and Cornwall is the most wonderful place to go. I am a Devon

:45:16.:45:25.

girl. Anywhere out of London, in August! I love Scotland, but I am

:45:25.:45:31.

spiritually linked to Cumbria. Actually, stick to the UK, it is a

:45:31.:45:38.

fabulous place. I would recommend, I have to say many places in Wales.

:45:38.:45:46.

Northumbria was a real gem. I have to admit, in the winter, I drift

:45:46.:45:53.

away to the Caribbean. I love this country so much. They always say,

:45:53.:46:00.

if you could just guarantee the weather, you would never go abroad!

:46:00.:46:05.

So, Devon and Cornwall would seem to be the place the celebrities go

:46:05.:46:08.

to for their staycation. It is only because they have not discovered

:46:08.:46:13.

the Isle of Wight. You can never tell why they come here, is it the

:46:13.:46:19.

glamour or the gardening? Earlier, unlikely Gardener Goldie joined us

:46:19.:46:25.

to share his this is are macro for palm trees. -- his passion for

:46:26.:46:29.

countries. He wanted some inspiration for his own garden, so

:46:29.:46:37.

we accompanied him as he soaked up the sides. She is the one who got

:46:37.:46:42.

me into this in the first place. Look at that. What does it remind

:46:42.:46:52.

you of? Captain's Log, start date... I have just found the most amazing

:46:52.:46:56.

collection of flowers. We have just come across the lagoon, we do not

:46:56.:47:01.

know what this creature is. Let's start with the world's tiniest palm

:47:01.:47:09.

tree. Let's start with your gold medal, first! Here you go. When did

:47:09.:47:15.

palm trees first come here? In the Victorian era. They were classical

:47:15.:47:24.

plans, which were used to decorate places, and they were brought back

:47:24.:47:30.

by the explorers of the day. That is very impressive. There is a few

:47:30.:47:37.

more than I thought there would be. Watch out, incoming! It is really

:47:37.:47:47.
:47:47.:47:49.

lovely. This is probably, for me, what I would love to achieve in the

:47:49.:47:54.

corner of my garden. It is very, very beautiful. I don't know how

:47:54.:47:58.

they have done this, how they have put the Morse on the side of the

:47:58.:48:08.

shed. I need to have a little shed now. It is very inspiring. The one

:48:08.:48:18.
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last thing will be to go down that slide. Dermot's slide. Tally ho!

:48:24.:48:34.
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Chelsea is scouring the Showground for inspiration. This year there

:48:45.:48:49.

are plenty of ideas to take away, even if you only have a tiny garden

:48:49.:48:56.

space. This display is exactly the sort of thing I mean. It is called

:48:56.:49:00.

the Space Race, and the idea is to make use of every corner of your

:49:01.:49:06.

garden, no matter how tiny, particularly in urban spaces. This

:49:06.:49:13.

one is called square foot Gardening. We have got a raised bed, and the

:49:13.:49:20.

idea is that each space contains different crops. You can put in her

:49:20.:49:24.

letters, harvest what you need for that day, and then the plant goes

:49:24.:49:29.

on growing. Other things, as they finish, take them up and put

:49:29.:49:33.

something else in to replace it. It really is maximum productivity.

:49:33.:49:38.

This is a wonderful idea. It is another raised bed, but it is

:49:38.:49:42.

stepped, so you can have different types of soil in there. Around the

:49:42.:49:48.

edge, we have got herbs, things which need really sharp drainage,

:49:48.:49:52.

like the lavender and the thyme. In the middle section we have got

:49:52.:49:55.

vegetables which not only taste good but they look good, too. We

:49:55.:50:04.

have got broad beans, more thyme, and I love the idea of the bamboo,

:50:04.:50:09.

and the irrigation coming down. It takes up almost no space. This

:50:09.:50:18.

garden is absolutely full of ideas, it is genius. Well, you do not need

:50:18.:50:22.

acres of space to grow fruit and vegetables, either. There are some

:50:22.:50:25.

really good ideas here on this stand. Look at this beautiful

:50:25.:50:31.

raised bed, absolutely full of salads and herbs. You can make it

:50:31.:50:36.

any shape at all. Just look at the space you have got available, and

:50:36.:50:41.

create something which fits. Taking the idea of growing plants in a

:50:41.:50:47.

container, how about this? These are dwarf varieties of peach.

:50:47.:50:51.

Perfectly suited to growing long term in a container. Finally, we

:50:51.:50:56.

have got different ways of growing plants, to maximise the space. If

:50:56.:51:01.

you cannot go out, you can quite often go Upper wall. These are

:51:01.:51:11.
:51:11.:51:14.

pairs. You can follow it through to the extreme, and go even higher.

:51:14.:51:20.

You can plant underneath as well. Again, more herbs at the base. So,

:51:20.:51:29.

if it is fruit you fancy, do not let a lack of space put you off. If

:51:29.:51:33.

walking around the Showground makes you wish you had an enormous garden,

:51:33.:51:37.

and you only have room for a single pot, just look at what you can do

:51:37.:51:42.

with that pot. It is all about selecting really compact varieties.

:51:42.:51:49.

Once you have chosen your plants, the Chelsea Showground is awash

:51:49.:51:54.

with inspiration for what colours to choose. We went out to look at

:51:54.:52:04.
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some of the, they -- some of the colours dominating this year's show.

:52:04.:52:11.

A new range of colours is creeping in a long Main Avenue. Chelsea has

:52:11.:52:21.
:52:21.:52:21.

a metallic. -- Chelsea has gone metallic. For the last decade or so,

:52:21.:52:25.

the colour schemes have been a very tasteful blend of purples and

:52:25.:52:29.

pastels. It is good to see that a new colour palette is coming

:52:29.:52:35.

through. In this garden, they have used a sculpture, and the bronze

:52:35.:52:39.

colour has been echoed in the planting. We often hear that the

:52:39.:52:42.

devil is in the detail when it comes to aiming for a gold medal.

:52:42.:52:52.
:52:52.:52:55.

That detail applies to the planting, too. The colours are matched,

:52:55.:53:02.

linking the borders together. You can see this colour everywhere. My

:53:02.:53:07.

favourite are these ones. These orange flowers are absolutely loved

:53:07.:53:13.

by bees. Again, helping to join the whole of the planting scheme

:53:13.:53:18.

together. The copper and bronze colours give warmth to a garden.

:53:18.:53:24.

Meanwhile, silver is the colour of light and energy. One man has

:53:24.:53:32.

created a cathedral to this silvery shade with his show garden. He has

:53:32.:53:36.

used plants which are covered in tiny hairs, which makes them silver.

:53:36.:53:40.

They are to protect the plant in its Mediterranean home from bright

:53:40.:53:49.

sunshine. The same goes for these lavenders. Again, the silver of the

:53:49.:53:53.

leaves protects it and reflect the heat of the sun. It is not just in

:53:53.:53:58.

the planting, the dominant feature of this garden is the water. There

:53:58.:54:03.

is this shimmering pond in the middle, and then an arcade of water

:54:03.:54:07.

coming down the side. If you want to see the brightest plant in this

:54:07.:54:16.

garden, you have to go up on to the terrace. It is an alpine plant.

:54:16.:54:23.

Give it your sunniest spot. I just love the colour scheme of this

:54:23.:54:28.

garden, it is so out of the ordinary. It is summed up by these

:54:28.:54:35.

irises. They have an apricot colour about them. As you come back into

:54:35.:54:39.

the garden, the colour scheme becomes more apparent. On a sunny

:54:39.:54:42.

day like this, it is wonderful, the light comes down through the

:54:42.:54:50.

cherries at the back. It is like being in a golden, summer day. The

:54:51.:54:56.

overall effect of this garden is one of gold. With the Olympics

:54:56.:55:06.
:55:06.:55:10.

around the corner, let's hope we Marathon, and I am carrying the

:55:11.:55:20.
:55:21.:55:27.

Olympic Torch! Tell me about it! has been designed by Maggie, and it

:55:27.:55:37.
:55:37.:55:37.

won the gold medal. We have got some delightful, spiky flowers in

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the centre, and carnations on the bottom. Give him going to tell you

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about my arrangement. It is not mine at all. It is designed by

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Julian, from Covent Garden academy of Flowers. Wonderful. It is great,

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we do try to cover flower arranging as well. Florists as well, that is

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the professional way of saying it. I do not want anybody to think that

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we do not pay any attention to it. Using specific objects to draw

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people's attention to a part of the garden is one trick used by

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gardeners. We took to the Showground to take a look at this

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 45 seconds

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are # a rare and priceless work of art.

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# I am right by your side. # I cannot tell you why.

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# To be in love with a masterpiece. # After all, nothing is

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indestructible. I do love a nice bit of sculpture.

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It is your turn now. Yes, it is my turn. We have that in common with

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the Olympics - gold, silver and bronze at Chelsea! That's all for

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tonight. We will be back tomorrow at 12:30pm. And we will be back on

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BBC Two as well. You can press the red button straight after the show

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Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel de Thame discover how the themes of water, boundaries and the British countryside are dominating the exhibits at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Chris Beardshaw is in the show gardens unearthing radical ideas for sustainable horticulture. Plus 2011's 'Best in Show' winner Cleve West explains why topiary is a hot topic. And designer Jo Thompson reveals why her journey to build her show garden began with a caravan.


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