Episode 13 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Episode 13

Alan Titchmarsh celebrates the great craftsmanship behind the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Plus there is a profile of designer Arne Maynard.

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It takes 15 months to create the floral spectacle that is the RHS


Chelsea Flower Show. It is a work of slow and careful craftsmanship.


Tonight we pay tribute to the talented people from designers to


landscapers and no she men who make the week a perfect horticultural


showcase. Coming up: Quality counts - designer Arne Maynard explains


how the art of the craftsmen underlines every aspect of his


gardening life. The craftsmanship of making the garden has been one


of exploring and using elements that exist but reinterpreting them.


Truly challenging - landscapers Mark Gregory and Andrew Loudon feel


the pressure of building the perfect a dry stone hut. With 12


tonnes of dry stone, it is the kind of thing that will keep you awake


at night. Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis shares stories of his Sussex


garden and his thoughts on this year's show. I have this tremendous


urge to do that on the top. I am worried if you push down, somewhere


else in the garden, something explodes.


Good evening and welcome to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, supported by


M&G investments. We have been decorated tonight. I have a button


hole from Canterbury College and you have a beautiful one on your


wrist. Earlier on in the week, these pot are at the things for the


RHS to raise money for the school garden campaign, here we are, I did


one and Rachel did one and they are going up in value and can has been


left behind, she has not started yet. Are you in the lead?


Apparently. Start going online. Start voting and bidding for the


pots. It is not fair. We only have until Sunday night. You are here on


television. I want everyone to treat. Designer Arne Maynard


returns to Chelsea this year after a 12 year absence. The triumph of


his 2012 show garden is its ability to create a sense of preference to


-- prominence despite its feuding existence. It is all about working


in harmony with the surrounding landscape, a concept he explained


when we visited his own home carved into the landscape. For me, it is


really important to celebrate the morning. A even before the Sun has


risen, Dawn here is the most magical experience. To experience


the whole garden starting to wake up, especially when the sun starts


to rise, it does not hit the House terribly early but it hits the


would lands beyond and you get this amazing light. Then the garden is


completely be used in this soft, low light. There is something


really nice, that connection you make what the garden at that time


of day. The landscape is rather overpowering, it is very big, we're


at the head of the Ballee. The cracked and ship of making the


garden has been one of exploring and using elements that exist but


just reinterpreting them. In the kitchen garden, we have oak ageing


because the native tree in Wales and around here, there is a lovely


oak tree over here, it is a material from here so it doesn't


jump out as being wrong. I used his will for making all but rules domes,


for my bean sticks and pea sticks and the Tories used in the garden


as well. Closer to the House, I have kept performs simple but as


they disperse and move away from the House, they turn into native


trees. It is that dissolving of the language and allowing it to become


a part of its setting that hopefully creates a garden that


sits comfortably within its environment. Craftsmanship in the


garden is an extremely important part of the making of a garden.


Something that is beautifully and made, there's a longevity about it,


it will last, it is not just you provide minutes. It is using the


best materials you can and using wonderful traditional skills and


keeping those skills alive because these are the then years that we


see in the garden and they are that things that we get drawn to. The


craft and she is also horticultural, there is that scale of beautifully


clipping at one item to make it something more special. The garden


I designed for this year's Chelsea Flower Show is one that is very


much at gardener's garden. I wanted to create a garden that was not


full of structures, a garden that was made up of planted elements. I


would love for the visitor to Chelsea to be able to see both my


passion of gardening and also my passion for design. It is my love


of architectural plants and my love of the soft perennial planting and


the roses all coming together and is held together and bound together


by the quality of cracked and chipped. It is something that I, as


a Gardner, would love to have and would love to garden and garden it


throughout the year, not just for them once of Chelsea. Are you


hoping? I don't think you should be on this watercolour! It has been a


while since I have been at Chelsea. The expectation is very exciting. I


think it concentrates the mind. But for me, the most important thing is


to do the best of my ability. As long as I feel I have achieved the


best, I feel the garden is going to be very successful.


It amazes me that now having seen that film, that this is so much


reflecting your own garden, you have got your own garden at


Chelsea? I probably have, it was not a conscious decision. I


consider myself more of a Gardner and a designer so all the skills


and the way I garden have been translated to here. It is about


craftsmanship and journeys but also these wonderful things. Look at


this astonishing pavement, would these are laid on site? They were


all laid onside and I wanted to do that here because I wanted to sue


the craft and ship being created here at Chelsea but you get a much


better finish if you do it like that. The it is very comfortable


and incredibly smooth. Where does this all go at the end of the


Which? It will be demolished but we are going to recycle all of the


pebbles. When you say you're a partner and not a designer, I see


that in here because the same applies to me and looking at these


lavender patterns going through, I love the density of the planting


but that seems to immediate that. The it gives the garden a breathing


space. I have put the lavenders in to put them some division, I have


put them coming out at Chipping. You do have access into the border.


It is you access pack? Yes. I love this idea, most of us love old-


fashioned shrub roses, you have crafted these wonderful his will


twigged domes to which they are growing. That is something that I


create for my clients and I garden at home like this. Amid these


wonderful domes each year and it is one of my favourite things in


February to do. You create these domes and every year they get


bigger. By winding the roses around, you get so many more Floris and it


holds them all up. This is a garden which will be interesting all the


time, not just for Chelsea and it is quite unusual? Yes, we have the


trees, the beach Coe's Golden in the winter. You have the wonderful


Petrie and the structure of the Roses. Quite often, I leave my


herbaceous standing. The birds can enjoy them as well. His great


achievement here is to create a real garden that offers all year


round interest. That has involved a great deal of planning and thinking


be on the idea of a show garden which by nature is transient. To


find out how he did it, you can join him on our red button coverage


at the end of this programme. Tonight we're talking about the


great craftsmanship that goes into Chelsea and you only have to look


at a hard landscaping in the show gardens to see the skill and


precision that goes into each creation. There are many different


skills on show this year. No matter how good your garden


design, none of it is achievable without the skills of a very


talented army of craftsmen, putting up with some tough demands and they


up with some tough demands and they up with some tough demands and they


really deserve recognition. In the Trailfinders garden, this sandstone


wall which dominates the garden took 10 days to build like the most


complicated and heavy jigsaw. Not only do all the pieces fit together


perfectly, the wall leans back so all the corner pieces have been


individually hand worked to create that angle and it is details like


that that really left the garden. The fact that these are long beans


can project from the wall and this substantial table can float above


the terraced is down to clever counterbalancing, calculated by the


engineers. Here is an incredible folly, and


the designer likes to work by a for urging the woodland to find pieces


of timber that suggest how he will make the structure. Here we have


this incredible piece of the cherry that twists and turns and then


suggests this spiral staircase. Around the sides their hour


beautiful markings that go up and down here. On the sides, interwoven,


Stagg oak and each piece carefully selected so it fits perfectly. When


you look up, well, there is a ceiling covered with these pieces


of grass, cut into the shape of leaves and powdered glass goes on


top of that to make the colour and these were all created by the


students. Absolutely incredible, it really personalises the whole thing.


On the river is this incredible example of a that chin. It looks


absolutely beautiful and I know he waited a month while it aided and


became the right colour. The whole thing is a fantastic example of


folk crafts. Here, it is the joiners who have


stolen the show. These frames are made from thousands of individual


pieces which gives this intriguing pattern and create these beautiful


curves. They were crafted in the workshop then craned in and bolted


down to create the backbone of the gardens. There is a lot of


painstaking work here but it is what that because they are a real


show-stopper. This garden is all about showcasing


traditional hand-built scales and they have this wonderful shepherd's


hut, a similar to the ones you would see in Slovenia. It is


entirely stonewalled and is all about selecting the right piece of


stone for the right place. None of it is cut, it is just about finding


the right piece for the right place. It is beautiful. They have also


brought all his stone over from Slovenia and it took them four days


to construct here on the site which is very impressive. This garden


demonstrates perfectly how skills handed down are still relevant in


There is one little stone shelter that has been attracting a great


deal of attention right the way through the week. It is the


centrepiece of Professor Nigel's garden and it is based on Trulli


Houses built on the coast of Italy. These homes were built without


cement. This aloud them to be dismantled by the Italian


landowners, desperate to avoid taxes after their labourers moved


on. Well, landscapers Mark and Andrew planned a twist on these


unique little dwellings, but their hell see adaptation hasn't been --


Chelsea adapt hasn't been without challenges. We joined them a couple


of weeks ago. This technique has been used for


thousands of years in the Mediterranean. We have got that in


the back of our mind. We think if Italian peasants have been building


them, I'm sure we can pull it off here.


It is twelve tonnes of dry stone. That's the kind of thing that would


keep you awake at night. I have known Andy's work because I


have seen his work at work and he has been on the show as a stone


waller. When this job came, I knew I had to work with somebody really,


really good. Yes. We have never built anything like this before.


Hats off to Mark for having the vision to do it in dry stone work.


It would have been easy to have something fabricated off site. It


would have taken less time, but this is the real deal. I think it


will pay dividends in the end. It is only day five. I think we're


bang on programme. Bang on. stone we're using on the buildings,


this is limestone from Dorset and we're dressing a natural face on to


it. So just with a hammer, we're just chipping the stones to make


them fit. As it is a round building, they are cut like pieces of pie so


they fit in around the corner and there is a var variation in the


colour and that adds to it when you see it in the building. There is


There is blues and greys and browns and when it gets wet, that brings


the colours out and it will look better again.


I like to come down to Chelsea to promote dry stone walling. Show


people that it is not about traditional field areas in Britain,


but it can be adapted and used in a contemporary way in garden design


and this is a perfect scenario to do it.


There is still some way to go though. Oh yeah.


We have done a rough calculation about how much stone we will need,


12 tonnes. I am looking at what I have got on the ground, I have got


three tonnes left. I know we are running out of stone. I know we are.


MOBILE PHONE RINGS Hi Chris, how are you doing? The


issue is I need stone here by the morning. If you can pull me out six,


two plus four that look half descent I can have a lorry there


first thing. Cheers, Chris, thanks. That's interesting. I have got two


stone Masons that have run out of stone. If I can't release the staff


folding, I have got three days work...


MOBILE PHONE RINGS Excuse me. Mark Gregory. Are you


phoning about a lorry for the morning? I need a lorry. I need a


lorry down to to Swannich. Everything is so fast. A big


problem. Somebody said, "Don't you get bored being at Chelsea?" How


can you get bored doing something like this? It will be tight. We'll


get it done. No pain, no gain is Mark, how many gardens have you


done at Chelsea? 55 I built. What on earth did you set this


challenge? This is probably the most technical thing that I built.


I have built amazing gardens, but this one got me excited. I kicked


against it. The craftsmanship is amazing. How


many tonnes of stone? We we estimate 11 tonnes, but I got that


wrong. We had 19 tonnes delivered. With the waste, it is 15 tonnes.


I thought, "They must have done it against a frame." The fact that you


built it like an egg without any frame work. I was going to put in


ply, but something gets you. It is massacrism. Can you pull it


off? Does it sadden you that at the end, that it will be demolished?


will be rebuilt. We haven't got time to pull it down properly. It


will be pushed in by machine. The sen teen me next -- ten teenry


next year of the Chelsea Flower Show. Anything? I want to go


building for Nigel. Nigel did all this naturalistic planting? Maybe I


will come back as a designer. That would be good, design your own


for 2013. I had a run in eight, nine and ten,


and to come back, there is talk. But I need to find money!


Hint. Hint. Whatever it is you, you get to do, I hope it looks as


He is known as the much put upon father of three who struggles with


adorable but frustrating. Hugh Denis is one of the country's best


loved actors. Hugh took time to join us at Chelsea.


They said, "You will find him on the caravan garden because he is


keen on caravans. ". I wouldn't say I was keen on caravans. Until I was


16, I spent every holiday in a caravan.


Do you not like it? As soon as I could not go caravanning, I didn't!


Maybe I'm not that keen on it. We have had great holidays.


What about gardening? Are you keen on gardening? Well, my wife is a


garden designer so I am keen on gardening by default if you see


what I mean? My parents always had a garden and and grew grew


vegetable and that kind -- vegetable and that kind of stuff.


For the last 10 or 15 years, I have lived in a house where Latin names


are stand. I try and keep up, but can't.


But you appreciate what is out there. Has your wife educated you


into knowing what you are looking at? I just love being outside. I am


happier being outside than inside and being outside in a fantastic


garden is great. Well, you have got it here. If you


want to be in a caravan, you might as well be in Jo Thompson. I don't


know how you would hitch it up and tow it.


You have had a look around. Anything that would appeal to you?


Well, what I like is over there. I really like Arne Maynard's garden.


This is difficult to say if you have had a glass of champagne, as I


have, I like beach. -- beech. I love the idea of the hedge in the


sky. So you have hornbeams. This order, it seems. I like lines and


and axis and somebody said, "It is a very male thing.". I like the


order because I like, you know, I like vistas and that's going to


take you to one, isn't it? If you have got two beech...


LAUGHTER They are going to lead you to a


fantastic vista, but I really like this kind of, again, it is very


structured actually. But there is chaos within it and it is beautiful.


You mind three of the unrulyest children on the planet in


Outnumbered. How important do you think gardens and gardening are to


children? I think they can be tremendously important actually in


all sorts of ways. There is a battle that goes on in our garden


between herb herbaceous planting and a football goal and in


Outnumbered, it is interesting, the garden never really features in


Outnumbered except to bury dead mice or pigeons or, you know, there


is one episode where I catch Ben Ben trying to drill through a water


main. That kind of thing, but actually, gardens and gardening,


they are great. We grew vegetables with the kids very young to get


them used to the idea of things growing. Just about putting effort


in and watching things happen, really.


It is nice to know you think it is important? Yes, it is very


We will be catching up with Hugh later in the programme as he treats


us to his impression of this year's Now tonight, we are looking at the


outstanding craftsmanship that goes into making Chelsea and that


craftsmanship can be found in the helm, is Andrew McIndoe. It is not


all about you, is it, Annie. You have got a huge -- Andy. You have


got a huge team. Ricky, prepared the show plants for the past 47


years. There are plants like this, they are brittle so you can't just


chuck it on a lorry and bring it here? No, you can't. You have got


to be gentle and strong to move this.


So you have got to have a technique as well, haven't you? You have to


have a technique and discipline really in respecting the plant


material. I know you have been coming here


for a few years and have any of the skills and crafts changed in that


time? I have been coming to Chelsea with Hillier for 34 years and you


know, during that time, this show has changed. You have seen that


yourself in the show gardens. The standards get higher and higher.


It must be very important that you are building a team that has


expertise within it? Within somebody else puts soft and sharp


plants together in a different way, it is really interesting.


We are coming to the end of the show now, but your stand always


looks as fresh at the end as it did on day one. How do you achieve


that? We keep pumping water in. We use plants in larger pots. We dead


head and look after the plants because I want want visitors to see


something on Saturday that is as good as press saw on Monday.


What is this? This is the work of Alan. Alan has been with Hilliers


for 50 years. It is amazing that one person can be responsible for a


plant like this? What we underestimate is the amount of work


that goes into something like that and how long it takes to produce.


What we really all need to be looking for is plants that are good


plants which are going to be enduring favourites that people


like yourself can use for years to come in gardens which will deliver


more than one season of interest. Well, thank goodness for people


like Alan. We're halfway through our coverage


of tonight's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is evening we pay tribute


to some of the talented craftsmen that make such a triumph. Coming


up: Courageous show manager Alex Denman delves into the family


history of one of Chelsea's early pioneers. Tales of the Orient -


Carol follows in the floral footsteps of Edwardian plant hunter


Ernest Chinese Wilson. This has to be one of Ernest's most exciting


finds. A comedian Hugh Dennis brings us his own wry look at


Chelsea this year. It seems to be easier to grow a bigger parsnip and


a bigger carrot. We have spent the week looking at the big and bold


here at Chelsea but we can also offer the small but perfectly


formed. This is the most beautiful bonsai tree but they don't just


magic their way up here, it took quite some are bringing British are


grounds. Several large men, a trolley and lots of shouting and a


lot of careful handling until it finally made its way up the steps


to our little platform. A beautiful example. What and nerve wracking


entrance! 40 years old, with several 1000 pounds. When it


belongs to one person, they're not bothered by the money. You don't


grow a treat for 40 years because of the finance, you grow it because


you love it. A it looks older than it is. They are so beautifully


trained, works of art. In nature, this would reach 80 feet. A have


these wonderful implements that they cut them with. They look like


surgical tools. Thanks to the bonsai Society for showing us this,


it is a special piece. How is your pot doing? This is Carol's painted


pot going online shortly. Can you see what it is yet? We are


determined that Carol is going to be the winner. Next year will be


100 years since the first official Chelsea Flower Show was launched


here in the Royal Hospital Grounds. Thatcher was not the first to be


staged here. In 1912, one of pioneering at nursery man persuaded


the floral elite to come together in the prototype of a show. His


name was Sir Harry Veitch and he heralded from a famous family his


legacy to the party cultural world is huge. Today RHS show manager


Alex Deadman cornets this marathon event and her passion for Chelsea


has prompted her to delve into the history up so Harry and his


relatives. Before the mayhem began, it she travelled to Devon to


My whole life pretty much revolves around the planning of the Chelsea


Flower Show so I am really keen to understand how it all started. I


know about Harry Veitch and his Chelsea legacy but I am keen to


understand his wider family and the contribution they made to


horticulture. I am meeting up with a member of the Devon group of the


charity, Plant Heritage and an expert on the life and times of the


Veitch family. Welcome. Why are we here? Harry was renowned for his


bare trees in Chelsea and the floor show that you have brought me here


to Devon. In many ways, this is where it began because Harry's


great-grandfather was John Veitch and he was the first head gardener


here. He was employed to lay out the parking. He made land available


for Veitch to start his own nursery. Later, John's son, James, moved the


nursery to Exeter. I have brought some interesting memorabilia to


show you the story. This book is an Encyclopedia of plants, introduced


by the great Veitch of Russia. There is an interesting page here.


It shows a family tree. I recognise him, that is Harry Veitch, isn't


it? It is indeed. Here is John Veitch, his great-grandfather


during the 1830s. John's son James decides to send his own a plant


collector to go exploring for his own plans. The first plant hunter


was William lob and these coniferous that he collected wild


will be society. At the time, we had so few evergreens that these


plans were truly astonishing. Harry would just have been a young boy


when his first seedling trees began to change a landscape. These were


being marketed by Veitch in 1855 for two Guineas each. It was a


small fortune and to some people, I year's majors. Many other natives


are deciduous and the evergreens were highly sought after to help


cloak the landscape during those long bleak months. James Veitch was


well positioned to make a lot of money on the back of his new plants


but later he was joined or his son James and the two of them and the


nursery together before James Junior moved to the nursery to


tells it. There are some fantastic black and white photographs of the


site which no sadly no longer exists. This is the King's Road,


Chelsea? One of the things with family when known for were


replicating the environment with the plants were coming from. They


went to a lot of trouble to try and give plants the conditions they


enjoyed in the wild. Not only home to exotic plants, the Nurseries in


Chelsea were also where Harry grew up. He came up to London as a


teenager, he finished school aged 14 in Exeter and joined the nursery


but he also continued his training in Germany and in Paris, working


for some leading nurseries in Paris before joining the firm in London


bus-stop and if Harry at the helm, the firm added its most prosperous


period of its history. He became a regular visitor to continental


horticultural gatherings. 1912, Harry was pivotal in the setting up


of the Royal International Horticultural Exhibition, why was


this so important? Harry was so important in this event because he


was the only surviving member of the 1866 committee which organised


the last international horticultural exhibition at. It was


his knowledge and experience that helped shape and organise the 1912


show and make it a great success. Almost too keen on my role as show


manager at Chelsea, it was his role will stop you or the modern Harry!


I love this document, the first show of garage. Here is an


interesting colour drawing. Look at that! They would have put on at the


marquees for the event. This is a wonderful document for me because


the show has made what was relevant at that moment in time and there


are centenary celebrations in 2013, this is the most perfect document.


It is impossible to overestimate the contribution that family needed


to horticulture, despite the fact it was over 100 years ago that they


were active? What an impact they made. Harry was one of the leaders


of this flower show and he was the only night of horticulture. So it


is a centenary. Sir Harry Veitch was prominent in more ways than


one? He was very well respected and well loved and many of his head


gardeners, they used to gather here and at that very clock of the Royal


Hospital at 12 noon on Thursday of the show to raise a toast to the


family. They slipped away unobtrusively for refreshment!


Those were the days when head gardeners came with their top hats


and morning coats and were sent around by the owners to look at the


plants and make notes and go back and report. There was a great time,


a great time of plant exploration and in fact, we have an exhibitor


here who were one of the original exhibitors. Exactly a century ago,


it was at this show that Sir Harry was knighted and have the look at


the back, an advertisement for a company who are still here today.


Those plans have come back into fashion and are always well loved.


The Veitch family, responsible for the way our gardens are today a


century on with all those things that they got it used to this


country. We would never have had those, others that we see today


that grace the great estates, those majestic plants and trees and it is


all down to the family. Kept going in the Veitch Memorial Medal. The


great legacy of the family was of course the vast number of plants


they have used to Britain. At their height, and a shoe men were


responsible for commissioning a whole network of plant hunters his


guard the globe for new acquisitions. One of the most


prolific was Ernest pulls them who earned the nickname Ernest Chinese


Wilson because of his extensive travels through the country.


It is easy to forget, when you see such diverse and wondrous plants at


Chelsea, that we gardeners have and always had access to such


incredible vocabulary of plants. Many of the plants we grow our only


in our gardens as a result of the Passion, determination and courage


of plant collectors. This is probably the most popular millie in


probably the most popular millie in the world. It was introduced by the


plant hunter, Ernest Wilson and is probably his most famous find. In


1903, he was sent out by the firm, James Veitch and Son, to China. He


founded in at Ballee and he couldn't believe his eyes when he


saw it for the first time. He wrote about it very politically. This


lily, in full bloom, greets the weary way fair, a lot in twos or


threes, but in hundreds, in thousands. You can tell he really


loved it. He collected lots of bulbs. They were sent back to


England but the great majority of them rotted in transit will stop


but he was determined to find this millie again and in 1910 he set out


on another exhibition. He found it and left instructions for 6000


bulbs to be collected. On his return journey, there was a massive


fall of boulders which knocked out his chair and his leg was crashed.


He limped ever afterwards and people called it his millie limp


but when that Lily reached these shores, it was the sensation


Bostock the top of that time. Its popularity has increased ever since.


This has to be one of Ernest Wilson's most exciting finds. He


founded after trekking into the mountains for 19 miles will stop


just imagine the astonishment when he came across it! It has these


wonderful soft petals. But they open up from these brilliant lads,


look at that, it is just like a dragonfly emerging and gradually,


it stretches out and becomes Santon or white silk. But the plant, when


it sets seed, dies. But in the offing is a brand new selection.


Just imagine, one day we all might be able to have a try at growing


this most wonderful Ernest Wilson introduction.


It has been a very busy week for the two ladies at the helm of the


Royal Horticultural Society so I am delighted they have been able to


find time to drop in and see us. Welcome to the director-general Sue


Bigs and President and his are the banks. I know you have been working


a lot to get youth involved, not just at the Chelsea Flower Show but


with gardening as well, it does seem that a lot of youth have been


involved here? They really have been, it is extremely exciting and


particularly one stand where the children have produced all the


vegetables, they have done the most wonderful part on the wall of the


Queen with all their hard work and And the campaign for school


gardening is getting into primary schools. There is over 18,000


primary schools with a gardening initiative, but you have the idea


for a bursary? Yes, we have had a range of bursaries that are


encouraging younger people to come forward and go on amazing


expeditions to plant,00 plant, hunt and find ways of planning seeds. We


have had a new bursary that will be lucky for one lucky student to win


this bursary and research into some fantastic plants.


With the idea of getting people interested in in horticulture as a


career. I challenge anybody not to walk


around here and not see what a fantastic career it is.


You have had the President's award. Who have you given it to? It took


me until today to decide and I have given it to Jihae Hwang.


It is the most evocative garden I have seen. The sense of detail is


enormous. You almost pass it by with its rustybarbed wire until you


see a a helmet. It is a moving exhibit.


Yes. Well chosen. Thank you very much.


One look along Main Avenue and you can see the pleasure this year's


show gardens bring to the crowds here. In recent years, medical


research has proved that green spaces and gardens can help in


rehabilitating people. There is proof of that at Chelsea in an


exhibit created by some of our wounded servicemen under going


rehabilitation at Headley Court. This is the work of the guys and


girls of Headley Court and they are up there with the best in the show.


Gardening is therapeutic and for people who have suffered life


changing injuries to find things that they can do which help them


build their physical strength and regain their co-ordination and give


them a sense of purpose and to be able to see something at the end of


it is tremendously important. I am a physiotherapist and I am


passionate about trying to enable guys to realise their full


potential and I can see how you can use the outdoor environment and use


the site to achieve the rehabilitation aim. I have tried to


piece these together. I was deployed last year with the


Royal Marines in Helmand province. On 7th July, I was on patrol and I


was hit by a blast which resulted in me losing my legs and left arm.


This is the first day I have been here. It is just so amazing walking


about and seeing the different gardens on offer and the different


people thaw meet. It is a lovely place.


The concept behind our garden is not to adapt it, but to enable


individuals to learn new skills. In the wheelchair, we need to teach


them how to negotiate difficult obstacles. At the guard ant Headley


Court we have built that feature into it and we have tried to do


that here. It is good for lads to build up


their endurance. A lot of lads are in their wheelchairs they lose


muscles. And it is great for building up endurance and balance


and it is great to get used to walking on stable ground again.


To meet the guys on the trade stands and get new ideas that he


can encompass -- and we can encompass. Diarmuid better watch


out, we could be lifting that Gold Medal!


Actor and comedian, Hugh Dennis joined us to talk about his garden


and what he loves about Chelsea. He agreed to bring us his own personal


reflection on the show. Sit back I like gardens. I really like


gardens and I like the British is an actual man. I like this yew


with a little pom-pom on the top. If you push down, somewhere else in


the garden, something explodes! These gates, I think, are from a


salvage yard and they are beautiful. They have a slight Mediterranean


feel about them. They are Middle Eastern. They make this entrance,


they look like a purple and green microphone, but mostly they look


like a dandelion clock, I think. memories. We had a massive yucca in


our garden and I used to ride my bike obsessively around the track


which went past this yucca tree and most daysI fell off into it. It was


right on the corner and a yucca tree is like nature's upturned


knife block. I wouldn't have one in my garden now obviously to protect


That's what it is. Holy veg vegetables. It seems easier to grow


a massively long parsnip than a long carrot. I wonder why that is?


Those leeks look like the thing you would feed into a machine gun.


They are fantastic. Not as fantastic as this though which is a


Formula One car made out of hedge. You have got to think, you know,


with all the advances in Formula One technology, that's probably a


bit of a mistake. If you leave this car standing for too long, it roots,


does it. Every 26 laps it has to come in or a prune. The hedge


people are like something out of dro of Doctor Who.


This is Arne Maynard's garden. This walkway is fantastic. It is copper


beech. Hedge in the sky. It is fantastic. There is a big conflict


that goes on in our garden between, you know, herbaceous and


beautifully planted borders and a lot of grass at the end of which is


a massive football goal. Both of those bits have to be there,


but I'm sort of on the football The thoughts of Hugh Dennis. We are


talking about craftsmanship and what is fascinating about Chelsea


is the different approaches each exhibitor brings to the table. Take


James Basson. James studied fine art before moving into horticulture


and that has influenced the way he has approached landscape design as


How does your fine art background influence the garden you have


created here? By studying nature, looking at landscape and painting


and trying to bring it back to life on a canvas, I have appreciated the


energy within that landscape. It does seem like a unique


approach? We have started with this stone and beating this stone into


this almost oil colour work surface, gave it the first pastel tone and


we through the colours we had to hand and we have grown over a year


to give that sort of lift and light quality. Contrasting this heavy


material. You call it pudding stone. Where is


the influence? We live and work in the south of France. In Nice, there


is an area of pudding stone and they dig it up and throw it away.


This is a natural stone and the French call it it pudding.


There is hot silvery plants at the front? These plants are growing


naturally in that environment. We have pushed them on and thrown them


into the garden. Well, it is really superb.


We are nearly at the the end of this evening's Chelsea coverage. We


will be back tomorrow. But there is just enough time tonight for us to


sit back and enjoy a few magic moments that will linger long in


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Oh happy memories. It has been so wonderful watching everything come


out, including, fruit. Bless her, Natalie of Tutti Fruitie says we


keep meaning to come to Chelsea. We never do. So we are sending this. I


am going to enjoy tucking into this. Thank you very much.


Our irises have been opening nicely as you have noticed. As on its


green stand, the tu tulips that were in tight bud have come out


into glorious blazing bloom. It has been fabulous watching it all and


it has been fabulous too, Carol watching your pot develop. We have


been painting pots for the Royal Horticultural Society's campaign


for school gardening. There is an auction online. Here we are. It is


a little bean which begins to grow and grow and grow... Mind you don't


drop it! It grows inside the pot. Go online


to that well-known auction website and bid for these pots and


encourage children to garden even if you don't do that and Carol's


will get the most votes. With the least time. Picasso once drew that


famous dove and he said, "How much can you sell that for?" He said �1


million. They said, "�1 million for 15 seconds work?" He said a


lifetime. We will be back tomorrow when the


traditional plant sale is underway. There is a chance to catch the


week's highlights on Sunday. Before then on our Red button coverage.


Alan Titchmarsh celebrates the great craftsmanship behind the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. There is a profile of designer Arne Maynard, who explains how his gardens are crafted with the local landscape in mind. And RHS show manager Alex Denman delves into the history of the Edwardian nurseryman often dubbed the founding father of Chelsea.

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