Episode 10 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Episode 10

Monty Don takes an illuminating tour of the Artisan gardens. Mary Berry gives a tour of her family garden. Kirsty Wark reveals how gardening is a perfect antidote to her day job.


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Hello and welcome to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

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It's Thursday, the first day the show is open

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to the general public, and it's fair to say the showground

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is packed with garden enthusiasts as far as the eye can see.

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They've come here to enjoy the ground-breaking design

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on display, not to mention the very latest floral fads and fashions.

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As well as being packed its jolly hot. It's boiling today, it is

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caught sheer one. You're wearing your hat. I haven't got any hair

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like you, Monty, health and safety, this is, as well as being rather

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dapper. It's hot but so much better than the cold, wet Chelsea 's we've

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had. The plants are slightly suffering. A lot of them are having

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to water throughout the day as well as in the morning. I would much

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rather summoned rain. It may be day four,

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but we still have so much more to come from this year's event,

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supported by M+G Investments. Tonight's show is all

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about the small gardens, as we bring you in-depth analysis

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of the ever-popular Artisan and Fresh gardens,

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revealing who's won what. We treat you to an exclusive tour

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of Mary Berry's much-loved garden at home before catching up

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with her on the showground. Multi award-winning designer

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Adam Frost shows us how shape, sculpture and structure can

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bring our own gardens to life. I'll be catching up with journalist

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Kirsty Wark as I uncover her unbridled passion

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for all things floral. Plus, don't forget there's not long

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left to vote for your favourite large show garden for the BBC RHS

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People's Choice Award. More to come on that

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later in the show. But first, we want to let

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you in on something rather special. Over the week we've noticed

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how the Artisan gardens on Ranelagh Avenue are touched

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with a certain ethereal glow around dusk once the gates are closed

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and the crowds have disappeared. I went along to give you a glimpse

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of the magical spectacle The Fresh Gardens tend to shine

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in the middle of the day, perfectly suited to the busy

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atmosphere of the show in full flow. But as the light is falling at dusk,

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I'm here able to roam around free. I've come here to Ranelagh Avenue

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because this is where the Artisan gardens are. They are small, but

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packed with ideas and inspiration and often just plain beauty. There

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are essentially two types of gardens that you find here. One tends to be

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very naturalistic and uses found objects and found landscapes. The

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other is much more creative in the sense that it's made from new, it

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looks like nothing you find the countryside. This is one of the

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latter, it immediately summons up the sun and vitality and colour. Of

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Spain. Walker's Wharf belongs to the first

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category. It uses materials of an old wharf on the River Trent. You

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can see it has quite literally got those materials but when you get

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closer you realise it's actually an amalgam of them. The planting

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doesn't fall into the trap of trying to do too much. The palate is very

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simple and muted. And it's dominated by these pruned pines that exactly

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get the texture, colour and feel of the industrial landscape in which

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they are set. Despite being the designer Fiona

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Cadwallader's first ever show garden, the poetry lovers' garden is

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incredibly confident and strong. It does nothing particularly original,

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the planting, the stonework, the way it set out, remind me of lots of

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show gardens I've seen. But what it does it does so well, and the idea

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is it's a place to and find inspiration, retreat. I've had to

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read a poem or, perhaps, even right one. -- either to read a poem. As

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the light falls around me, though the city still bustles beyond the

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park, Chelsea slips into night, and I'm just going to have a few moments

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to enjoy it to myself. That's about right, Monty

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sleeping on the job again! It's his age, it's been a long week!

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Those gardens are especially tranquil down there. So we'll let

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him off. In fact, it's hard to believe any

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of the small gardens are nestled in the busy heart of this city,

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but I can assure you they haven't Earlier this week Nicki Chapman

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witnessed the moment when the Small Garden medals

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were handed out, and it was Oh my God! Thank you so much! I

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don't believe this, this is amazing! Thank you very much. You are

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shaking. I am shaking, I need a copy. Congratulations. Thank you

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very much, I'm really happy with that. Congratulations. APPLAUSE

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Triple double! Fantastic. Congratulations.

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The small gardens may be compact compared to their big

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brothers on Main Avenue, but they are by no

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means less spectacular. Split into two categories,

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The Artisan gardens, true to their name, take arts

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and crafts as their inspiration, while the Fresh gardens tend to put

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an abstract perspective on what a garden is or can be.

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This year there are 14 small gardens in total,

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They are good, aren't they? They are all good. I think they've had more

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attention because there were fewer big gardens so there is more time

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and more scope to have a really good look at them. And it's very

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rewarding when you do. The Artisan especially this year is so strong.

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They are tricky because it's about craftsmanship and detailing. Because

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they are in a small space you've got to keep the interest within the

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garden, keep the eye moving. But they are so much smaller. In fact

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the Artisans are built aboveground, you can't dig into the ground. It's

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almost like an installation piece and they've only got 11 days on site

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to build them. The standard is amazingly high and I'm delighted

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with the feel-good gardens. They were a fairly late edition but

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everybody loves them, rightly so. They're fund, accessible and very

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well done. Some great designers there. The fresh gardens I like this

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year. I think they're more accessible than some years,

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sometimes they get so conceptual and people think, what on earth is going

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on? And they need an explanation. This year there are some people

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could actually be create and take ideas from in their own gardens.

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They're all good. Juliet Sargeant took a closer look at one of the

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fresh gardens, which was awarded a silvergilt medal. She knows from her

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own personal experience the effort needed to win any medal at Chelsea.

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This is the breast cancer now garden. Through the microscope. It

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is a garden with a really strong team. And as we walk through the

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garden we can read the details the designer, Ruth Wilmot, has

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incorporated in order to tell us this really important story.

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This garden is all about the transformation from disease to

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health. In the front of the garden, these rugged rocks represent

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cancerous cells. Then further down the garden as you take a journey,

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you come to smooth stones, which represents the healthy cells. In the

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centre of the garden is a black rectangular pool, which represents

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the microscope slide scientists use to study the cells. These circles

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represent the microscopes scientists use everyday to research into the

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cures and treatments for cancer. The idea of magnification follows

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through into the planting itself. Here we have really fine cut leaves

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and small flower heads but as you look down the garden to the

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magnified end, the flowers are chunky and leaves are big. A good

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example would be this little ranunculus here, mirrored by the

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large, bold peonies at that end. The question on everybody's lips is, why

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didn't it get gold? Of course, I don't know for certain, but I have a

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theory. Ruth Wilmot loves to design conceptual gardens, most gardens are

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either purely conceptual or very garden like. We can set herself a

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challenge in designing something that falls between stools. In doing

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so, she has just missed out on that elusive top prize. To me, this

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garden is thoughtful, beautiful and atmospheric. I think the fact it is

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incredibly popular with the visitors speaks for itself.

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The road to designing and building a Chelsea garden is long

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and at times incredibly stressful, fraught with complications

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However, there's one first-time Chelsea designer who's been

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For five years Ian Price suffered crippling depression.

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Today he's got a show garden at Chelsea.

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To find out more we went to join him on his home turf

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This is Belfast on my home city. This is the heart and centre of our

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country. I was born in the 70s man now 39 plus one. Yeah, just

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recently. People used to say, you're from Belfast. All of those problems.

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I didn't really see that. It was my home.

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Any garden that you design is going to be influenced from where you came

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from and the experiences you've had in life. In this instance it's the

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glorious Greens. This is the Glens of Antrim. We've got the heathland

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areas, scrub, vegetation, sheep grazed areas. Then it sweeps down

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into the more lush are stronger Greens. That's what I'm trying to

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use in this garden, green as a colour, using it instead of a

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backdrop instead of the main focus and colour of the garden. This

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garden isn't just influenced by the landscape that I live in, it's

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mostly inspired by something that has plagued me all my life. North

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Antrim coast is one of those special places. I need to come here to help

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empty my head. Allow me to think about nothing. I have had depression

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for the majority of my 20s upwards. Depression is one of those things

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you just kind of wake up in the morning and go... I don't feel

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great, I must be mentally ill. It sneaks up on you. It's like it swims

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up behind you and you are in the surf and it comes and drags you by

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the legs and pulls you under. At my lowest point, I just took the

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pills, drove up into the forest, founder waterfall and sat there. And

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just waited for them to take effect. At the lowest point I needed to make

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sense of things. I was able to use garden design to tell my story about

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depression. And turn my negative experience into a positive one. Some

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of the best things are made in sheds, and this garden has been made

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in a shared. It is always fascinating to see your design

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jumping off the page and turning into 3-D reality.

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This is Mind Trap, the manifestation of what I felt like at my worst, and

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what I can feel like at my best, all rolled into one. The great shape is

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where I imagine myself when I designed this, in the middle of

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this, surrounded by these large, heavy walls. But with glimpses

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through to hope beyond. There are very few flowers in the space. It is

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mostly based on textures, mostly on green, with the delicate hint

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towards flowers. They are not important, it is the feeling that

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the plants give. People have asked me, can you do this? Can you handle

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the pressure that Chelsea brings? Maybe I was just foolish enough not

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to consider that at the time! I know I can, because I have so many good

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people around me that want to make it happen. Whilst a medal will be

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unreal, a lifetime ambition, the main thing is if one person comes up

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to me and says, thank you for sharing your story. That is what it

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is about for me. You said just one person would make

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you happy, but all of the judges have thank you, by giving you a

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gold-medal. It is surreal, unbelievable, I am still in a blur.

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It will hit me just after everything has happened, but it is the reaction

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of the public as well, unbelievable. I will confess, as somebody who

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shares your problems with depression, I look at gardens with

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great trepidation, because there is a problem of simplifying it. You

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have not done that. I am impressed by that. Tell me again how that has

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come through. It is not easy. It is not easy, but I found it a cathartic

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struggle. 15 years of research to create this garden for Chelsea 2017,

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and two days of sketching. Six months of pain and anguish and

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trepidation. It is so worth it. The point about the green, limits of

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hope. It strikes a chord with lots of people, rather than a riot of

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colour. People forget that green is a colour. That is with the woodland

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planting, in contrast to the grey blanket. A lot of people, you have

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talked to the Duchess of Cambridge about it, that must have been

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interesting. What you will be doing is saying to people who are also

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suffering and feeling lonely and ashamed and lost that you can make

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something from it. I had to do this to justify what I went through. I

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needed to make my negative into a positive, and I now know why I went

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through it, because the reaction from the public, I have had people

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in tears, I have shared the tears with them, that is more than I could

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ever have hoped for. The plants, some of them are dark, you have put

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them in a difficult setting, but that can be integrated into a normal

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garden. Whatever normal is! That is why I have used plants in context,

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it is not what you see, it is how you see things are. You have enabled

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a lot of people to see both gardens differently, themselves differently,

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and to know they are not alone. Of the two gold-winning gardens

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in the Fresh Garden category the RHS had to choose one standout design

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as their Best Fresh Garden, and we were there to capture

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the moment when the winner I have got something wonderful to

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present you with. For the best Fresh Garden, congratulations. Thank you.

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It is amazing. Sweet, lovely. Huge congratulations, when I first

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saw it, I knew you would do well. It has been a mega build. It is huge,

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even by my standards, it is borderline insanity. You have pretty

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much build a house. Yes, three stories and 15 or 16 guys for 14

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hours a day, it is down to them, really. The design is fantastic, the

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combination of hard landscaping and plants, it is the future of

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gardening, small spaces, but you can still cram plants in and make them

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relevant and get closer to them, where ever you are. We have a huge

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history in London of big parks and gardens, but we are now building

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apartment blocks, so the smaller spaces that link them are really

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important. Will this be community gardener? It could be, because the

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spaces are not big and the plans are not challenging. A diverse range.

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Shady downstairs, hot and sunny appeal. Trying to cater for the

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environment, absolutely. I love the green of all, they are often the

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flat, but do have real volume. It feels like it is growing out

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horizontally. I have got my eye on that one. It is lovely, there is one

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in a basement not far from here, it shows it can be done. Wonderful,

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beautifully designed. Whether big or small, like this one,

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there are so many inspiring ideas you can take out of a show garden

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and apply to your own home. Seven-times gold-medal winner

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Adam Frost is here to seek out the best when it comes to garden

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design here at Chelsea. Tonight he's focusing on structure,

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shape and sculpture. When I am creating a garden, I want

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to take you on a journey, lead you through a space. Shtick in a garden

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and focal points play a massive part to help me do that. When I am

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creating a design, the first layout, understanding the space and how I

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can put it together, the only plants are the trees. They start to fill

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the space in the sky. After that, the next layer of structure is the

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shrubs, so things like this not only work as a piece of sculpture, but

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repeated through the space they create rhythm. You do not have to

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spend that much money, you are looking to add three or four shrubs

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that will give you the rhythm and structure and the interest

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throughout the year. Once you have done that, you start to understand

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the other areas, you can build the rest of your planting up in layers.

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This is where sculpture and structure come together. If you look

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along there, we looked like we have one wall, and a focal point. It

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starts to draw me into the garden, takes me along a path. As I go

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along, what is lovely is you get pulled up to the wall, you realise

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there is another space and you get drawn into another part of the

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garden, and then you come out into this beautiful space.

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And after or pergola can add some interest and height and structure to

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any garden, but what I love about this, it is simple timber, but with

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copper detail, which is picked up in the sculpture that sits in planted.

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You imagine this at the end of your garden, it would be a real

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destination point. This is a cracking detail to the

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edge of the terrace, it is so obvious to draw straight lines or

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Kirsty Terris, but with this fractured line, it more or less

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extends into the planting, and it lets the planting comeback in. This

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structural frame, they are like see-through walls. They would in two

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or three ways, they add height through the planting, which is

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fantastic, but also they add rhythm, the repeated pattern all the way

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through, it pulls you through this space. You might not want a big

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frame sticking up, but you could use an obelisk, repeated through your

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planting, it gives movement through. Creating a garden is a journey, it

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is how you get drawn through. Structure and sculpture play a

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massive part in taking you through a space.

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Still to come at this event, supported by M+G Investments.

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We discover who's won the highly-prized Best

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I chat to journalist Kirsty Wark about the welcome solace her garden

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But first, we invite you to sit back and relax as we bring

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you an exclusive tour of Mary Berry's home garden.

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I think of the garden as a sanctuary. We have been here 27

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years, it seems an age. When we came here, we inherited a lovely garden,

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but we have done all sorts of things to read. We did not have a plan, but

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I hope we have made a lot of improvements.

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The pond was here, it is a natural pond, but we enlarged it. We have

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developed the meadow and put path through it. We have put in the Rose

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walk. We have put in a tennis court, because we all are a bit sporty. In

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that area was a magnolia and a holly tree, and they were fully grown, and

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we transplanted them and let them soak in the water for a full night,

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and they are here to tell the tale today.

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I was brought up during the war, and times were tough, we were

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self-sufficient, we had goats, chickens, so it was important to

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have a vegetable garden, and I have learned to grow what you eat and

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what you enjoy. Herbs are very important in my cooking, so we have

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a herb garden. All the folks here are edible. We have day, lemon balm,

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for puddings and things, we have thyme, Rosemary, and, of course,

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Sage. Write down here, I have Good King Henry. You want to have it when

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it is very young. It has a slightly bitter taste, you can cook it like

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spinach. This is real French tarragon, it has a broad leaf, full

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of flavour. Never to be mixed up with Russian tarragon, which is

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rubbish, it grows like a weed and tastes like grass, so into the

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ground it goes. There should be a good route under there. What I do is

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to put water in the bottom. It seems to work for my planting, so I make a

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nice puddle of water like that, because it is fairly dry. When I

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come to cooking, I do not take a full sprig, I take it from the

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middle, and then it will shoot out at the sides, so I will put it in

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the ground and planted level with the ground.

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I love going round other people's Gardens, I am very inquisitive,

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there is so much to learn. I went around Sutton Place, beautiful

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hedges, and came back very inspired and thought, how does that fit in

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with my garden? I looked at the old tennis court and said to my husband,

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I would like to do a bit of hedging, and he said, have a go, and by the

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evening I had drawn it all out and he said, that sounds good, go on, do

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it. Is this hedge was growing, I decided I wanted to have a go at

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making that, so to get hold of a hanging basket, as it was growing

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up, I put it on top like that, and this is about ten years old now, but

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I put it on top and let it grow through the hedge, I cut it round,

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and as it grew up, I kept it into an oval, and I began to slip

:30:10.:30:14.

underneath, and we ended up with a lovely ball like that, so I did not

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need any expensive equipment. This is my notebook and I've had it

:30:19.:30:36.

many years. I just... Things that I want to look for. When I come to

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Chelsea. This year I'm looking for smock primulas, I love primulas.

:30:43.:30:47.

I've not had success with roses growing over how archers so I'll be

:30:48.:30:50.

looking for some repeat flowering roses with a nice scent. So there's

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no one more excited than me, I'm off to Chelsea with my notebook, money

:30:58.:30:59.

in my back pocket. I'll be there. Mary, I'm lucky to have seen your

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garden first-hand, what a gorgeous garden it is. I see you've got your

:31:28.:31:34.

notebook. This is a recce trip? This is a recce trip, I'm looking for a

:31:35.:31:37.

climbing rose. Everybody loves arose, what is your personal take?

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Roses are such good value because they flower over a long period of

:31:42.:31:47.

time and, of course, the scent. The variety is incredible. Climbers,

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shrub roses, ground covering, there was always a place to squeeze in

:31:54.:31:57.

another. There is, you don't need a huge garden, they grow very well in

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pots, in a larger pot than you would normally see. These roses are grown

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in Hertfordshire, non-imported. Shall we checksum out?

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This is one of your favourites, isn't it, DeChambeau's beauty. I

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love it, look at the foliage, shiny bright green. -- chandos beauty.

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Smell that is that not divine? It's beauty! If you're growing a pot, you

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can put it in really good side and manage it as long as it is in a

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fairly sunny position and well watered, it's the perfect rose to

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have. Is the climbing rose what you are

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specifically looking for? It is, because we've got an arch, the rose

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is dead. I made mistakes in the past by having one that goes too high. I

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now know my art is eight feet and I have to find a rose that fits and

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will grow to that. Exactly the right approach because these growers grow

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them at certain heights, something like a Rambler will want to flower

:33:17.:33:21.

at the top, 40 feet up, you can't necessarily see the flowers. We've

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got Graham Thomas going up the front of the house and in March I take it

:33:25.:33:29.

right down on the ground. And prune it at the bottom, so you get flowers

:33:30.:33:33.

at the bottom, not up in the sky. Controlling where they are. At any

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of these caught your eye? I rather like this one, this Cumberland, it's

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got lots of lovely green foliage. It's a multiheaded, which I like.

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All of these bugs coming year, even behind you've got another set of

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buds, it's going to flower for ages. Also, when it's getting past its

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best it isn't all faded, it holds its colour. Is this the one, Mary?

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That's it, Cumberland. Mary is not the only one filling up

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her notebook, everyone you look at Chelsea there are people writing

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down the names of plants, taking photographs of plants.

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And for the Artisan gardens it's not just the plants that inspire,

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These are particularly important as the gardens tend to draw

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from history or heritage, as Nick Bailey is finding out over

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What I absolutely love about this garden is it the brilliant fusion

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between ancient and modern. It really embraces the idea that

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apothecaries of the past were looking for that great Alexia, being

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able to extract the power of plants. It is represented by this apothecary

:35:04.:35:07.

bench at the back. The garden takes you all the way through to modernity

:35:08.:35:13.

and the fact scientists and chemists are still looking for those magical

:35:14.:35:16.

powers and Alexia is we can draw out of plants. The planting in the

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garden is absolutely beautiful, quite a modern matrix. A real sort

:35:22.:35:26.

of fusion of different plants. There is a colour theme that pulls it all

:35:27.:35:29.

together but it's packed with useful medicinal plants. What I know right

:35:30.:35:35.

at the front here is used in traditional Chinese medicine, has

:35:36.:35:39.

been for over 1000 years. Smoke is produced from it. It's often used

:35:40.:35:47.

for chest conditions and the like. Growing just in front of it is

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something you might think of as a lawn weed, a British native that

:35:53.:35:56.

grows all over the UK, particularly in damp soil. It has medicinal

:35:57.:36:05.

applications. Eucalypt that comes from it is used to remove dirt from

:36:06.:36:10.

the eye in hospital. It can be used as a bulking agent, as laxative, so

:36:11.:36:14.

really useful plants. Traditional use and much more modern use. Over

:36:15.:36:21.

at the back digitalis, which has a long history of medicinal use.

:36:22.:36:26.

Healers were giving it to people with heart ailments. And today, the

:36:27.:36:31.

extract from it is still given to people. The planting has this fuzzy

:36:32.:36:38.

matrix, meadow quality to it which brings the whole garden together. I

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think it is very much deserved of the gold it's got. This really is

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picture perfect. No stranger to creating an Artisan

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picture-perfect postcard She currently holds gold

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medals in more categories This year she's taken

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on the challenge of creating two gardens, one inside

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the Great Pavilion for Hilliers nursery, and an Artisan garden

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here on Ranelagh Avenue. This isn't the first time you've

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done two. It's the third consecutive year. This is the year I wanted to

:37:16.:37:21.

get the treble double, so I had two gold medals in each of the previous

:37:22.:37:24.

two years. I achieved it, so a massive year for me. You've covered

:37:25.:37:30.

some serious mileage, between the two, any idea what you've done this

:37:31.:37:35.

year? I checked last night, done six and a quarter consecutive marathons.

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That's why you're looking so trim and fit. I have a track on my wrist,

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it sets off each day and tells me how many paces and how many

:37:48.:37:52.

marathons I've walked. You are the fittest person on-site. We've

:37:53.:37:55.

created this wonderful garden. You're such a versatile designer,

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just run us through the garden and how you had to apply your design

:38:00.:38:04.

skills. My sponsor asked me to choose a Mediterranean city of my

:38:05.:38:07.

choice, it had to be Barcelona. I love Barcelona, it's such a leader

:38:08.:38:14.

in the creative world. And has been historically. Antonio Goudie, the

:38:15.:38:18.

architect in Barcelona, is a hero of mine. -- Gaudi. This mosaic behind

:38:19.:38:30.

me is fantastic. You've done this sort of thing before. Do you get

:38:31.:38:34.

technicians in? I like Artisan Gardens to work with different

:38:35.:38:38.

Artisans and craftsmen. Last year I had two, this year I have two, want

:38:39.:38:44.

the mosaic, once the chair. I love working with craftspeople, because

:38:45.:38:47.

you get the best out of them. I don't fully understand the material.

:38:48.:38:51.

I know what I want to achieve. I know they'll take that perfection.

:38:52.:38:58.

You've got some wonderful specimens. Some of them are hardy, some of them

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we see in London, and down in warmer climates. There are also arid

:39:04.:39:07.

plants. This one is cold hardy as long as you keep it dry. And we have

:39:08.:39:12.

ones that are more robust and survive through the UK. It's all

:39:13.:39:16.

about drainage, they get wet through the winter, they are going to

:39:17.:39:19.

struggle. If you wrap them up through the winter, give them good

:39:20.:39:24.

drainage, they might get through. Absolutely. Lovely to see you. Maybe

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go for a little job later. You can join me.

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Sarah has used a variety of tender plants which would love to live

:39:31.:39:34.

in Parc de Guell in Barcelona, but of course this isn't Barcelona.

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In good ol' Blighty a plant has to be pretty resilient

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And a group who are keen to discover what is and isn't tough

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enough for the UK climate is the aptly-named

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I love hardy plants because there are so many different colours,

:39:48.:40:06.

varieties, heights. Anything you can imagine, you will find, really,

:40:07.:40:08.

within the spectrum of hardy plants. A hardy plant is defined as one that

:40:09.:40:23.

will survive to -15 degrees. In the winter you cut them back and in

:40:24.:40:27.

spring they come up and they're so fresh, they look like you've just

:40:28.:40:28.

planted them. My name's John McGee, I'm leading

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the team for Chelsea 2017 on behalf of Worcestershire hardy plant

:40:39.:40:41.

society. Daesh my name is Linda Marsh, now a garden designer, but I

:40:42.:40:45.

used to be an airline pilot, one of the first women in aviation flying

:40:46.:40:51.

for an airline. Perhaps being in the air, away from the Earth, you have

:40:52.:40:57.

that real connection when you come back and land. I know many pilots

:40:58.:41:02.

who actually have smallholdings, so there is definitely some connection.

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The society was formed in 1957 by four eminent Gardens to educate and

:41:07.:41:15.

inform an increase knowledge of her basis -- herbaceous perennials. We

:41:16.:41:18.

have over 7000 members today. There is a great community spirit in

:41:19.:41:31.

the group. We meet up once a month. Second Saturday every month. This

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gardening is quite addictive, though I've belong to the Worcestershire

:41:36.:41:39.

grip, I belong to three other gardening societies. There is no

:41:40.:41:43.

cure for the addiction unfortunately. Daesh we have a guest

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speaker followed by Britt freshman 's and a chat so we can catch up

:41:48.:41:51.

with what's doing well. Lots of outings through the plant society,

:41:52.:41:57.

autumn weekends, some days. Excellent. Meeting different people

:41:58.:42:02.

and talking plants is brilliant. We have a wide range of people in the

:42:03.:42:08.

group. We have held, probably in her early 80s, with the vast plant

:42:09.:42:12.

knowledge. Then we have just, who is 25 years of age. It's great to see

:42:13.:42:21.

that they work off each other. What's your favourite, Hilda? I love

:42:22.:42:30.

salvias. I love the smell. It really lifts you, the smell. Exhibit this

:42:31.:42:37.

year is important to us as a society, it's our 60th year. We have

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a wonderful group of people getting together to help do the stand for

:42:43.:42:45.

Chelsea. Some members are growing plants, there are members who have

:42:46.:42:49.

been coming up to tend the plants every week. We decided to have 60

:42:50.:42:55.

different types of plants to represent each year of the existence

:42:56.:43:03.

of the hardy plant society. The design for Chelsea was really to try

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and show people that we are a modern society moving forward. So we

:43:10.:43:14.

decided to use QR codes on all the plant labels so people could take

:43:15.:43:17.

their smartphone and a zap onto it and go immediately to the website

:43:18.:43:22.

and find out all they wanted to know about the plant. We also designed a

:43:23.:43:26.

rotating stand, so that not only do you see the relationship between the

:43:27.:43:30.

front plants and back plants, but you see how they relate to the other

:43:31.:43:37.

plants. John, of course will take all responsibility for the stand and

:43:38.:43:41.

its rotation. It's the first time within the pavilion they've used a

:43:42.:43:45.

rotating plants display, three metres in diameter. We've had to be

:43:46.:43:50.

aware that the motor will not overheat, because if that happens,

:43:51.:43:55.

the table will not turn. And we will not have a display.

:43:56.:44:11.

Look at that, amazing. Sale it's a hidden surprise when you look

:44:12.:44:16.

underneath the leaf, because it's a wood lander. That's super, really

:44:17.:44:24.

lovely job. Over the years the hardy plant society has won Medi medals.

:44:25.:44:29.

However this year if we win anything beyond Silver we'll be delighted.

:44:30.:44:35.

For us to be there is an experience of a lifetime. Chelsea's such a

:44:36.:44:38.

special show, I'm thrilled to be part of the team. I just hope we do

:44:39.:44:42.

very well. And hoping people will be really interested in joining the

:44:43.:44:47.

hardy plant society and enjoy seeing our stand. I mean it's all very

:44:48.:44:49.

exciting, isn't it? It works! We are pleased, we got a

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Silver medallists, we did not expect anything above a silver. The stand

:45:06.:45:10.

is stunning. You have some engineering in here. It is very

:45:11.:45:16.

simple, a gearbox and a wheel with 12 casters. Has it brought more

:45:17.:45:21.

exhibitors in? Are they drawn in by the movement? I think so. As the

:45:22.:45:28.

wheel goes round, it shakes slightly, so the grasses show up. It

:45:29.:45:36.

adds drama to the whole thing. It is great to see the society has got a

:45:37.:45:41.

big spread of age. Some societies are struggling. Yes, it is a shame,

:45:42.:45:49.

as it is the specialist societies, and we are herbaceous perennials,

:45:50.:45:53.

and we have nine specialist societies. Others could come in with

:45:54.:46:02.

us. We are not going cost is, but what about,? They are real doers.

:46:03.:46:13.

They are. We have the spotty dotty and the iris in a couple of weeks.

:46:14.:46:21.

The grasses will be here. And you see this a lot in the show gardens.

:46:22.:46:26.

It is a good filler. The bees love it. When we were putting together

:46:27.:46:32.

the stand, the bees were coming in, then they flew off when we turned

:46:33.:46:37.

the table. There are none at the moment. They can take extremities,

:46:38.:46:44.

down 2-15, but with the heat, they can cope as well, so maybe we will

:46:45.:46:52.

use more of them. And there is a broad range for all conditions. We

:46:53.:47:00.

will have to leave it there, but you got your hostas in!

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I'm joined now by award-winning journalist/broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

:47:10.:47:14.

I know this is your first Chelsea. Yes, but it will not be my last. It

:47:15.:47:23.

is extraordinary in its scope. I love that there are so many people

:47:24.:47:28.

who are clearly such passionate gardeners, they spend time coming

:47:29.:47:32.

here, picking up tips, writing things down, I have been writing

:47:33.:47:36.

things down. It is a very British thing. Do you have a garden of your

:47:37.:47:44.

own? My garden is a small walled garden in Glasgow. It is at the back

:47:45.:47:48.

of the house. The front is pleasure gardens. The back garden has these

:47:49.:47:55.

wonderful old hoops, because the washing was hung out, it was not a

:47:56.:48:01.

garden to be satin by the owners. But the legacy has been a beautiful

:48:02.:48:08.

laurel tree, which we have built on. We have to drain it, because it was

:48:09.:48:11.

damp, and we put down Caithness flags and margins stones from beside

:48:12.:48:19.

the Clyde, which is where the wharf 's work that people left to emigrate

:48:20.:48:23.

from Glasgow. Those footsteps are still treading in the garden.

:48:24.:48:28.

Members of my family emigrated to what was then Rhodesia and also to

:48:29.:48:32.

Australia. It is wonderful to have some in the garden, you know people

:48:33.:48:40.

stepped on them going to new lives. Gardens are like onion skins, you

:48:41.:48:46.

are just one more layer. People talk about the house when you sell it,

:48:47.:48:50.

but you want to pass on, these flowers will come out in June... It

:48:51.:48:55.

is nice to have a surprise, but I want people to know what is in your

:48:56.:49:00.

garden. Did you have anything to do with gardening when you were growing

:49:01.:49:04.

up? I was in gardens or the time, if the weather was good, fertile

:49:05.:49:11.

territory. My family were early fruit growers in the 1800 and

:49:12.:49:20.

before, and in 1850 my great-grandfather was -- went to a

:49:21.:49:23.

fruit broker in Glasgow, and he said, but everything under glass. So

:49:24.:49:29.

he put acres under glass. I grew up in tomato houses, and I remember my

:49:30.:49:37.

great uncle 's had his coat on and they would take a poke, a paper

:49:38.:49:42.

poke, and in it would be salt-and-pepper, and they would open

:49:43.:49:46.

the tomato and put salt-and-pepper on it and you would eat the tomato

:49:47.:49:50.

is a fresh. We would have tomato so much all the time. We used to have

:49:51.:49:56.

tomato some watches. White bread, tomatoes, and the juice soaked in.

:49:57.:50:03.

My hands are like my grandfather's. Jamjar Hans! What are you looking

:50:04.:50:12.

for? You have resisted Chelsea for all of these years, what are you

:50:13.:50:16.

looking for? I have a lot of white in the garden, and I have a lovely

:50:17.:50:21.

Philadelphus, which has taken off, but I am looking for more colour. I

:50:22.:50:26.

loved dog rose. I want to introduce more colour. This one is beautiful.

:50:27.:50:33.

I am going to try and find one of those. There are tens of thousands

:50:34.:50:39.

of the best plants that have ever been grown here. I will go on a

:50:40.:50:45.

hunt. This is another dog rose? This is rambling Rector. It is beautiful.

:50:46.:50:51.

You have a connection to this garden. I have been involved with

:50:52.:51:02.

Maggie's for over 20 years. It is so much part of the whole firmament of

:51:03.:51:08.

how we live and thrive with cancer. It is wonderful to be in this

:51:09.:51:13.

garden, it has so many of the hallmarks, tranquillity, privacy,

:51:14.:51:18.

water, and I think of gardens as healing places anyway. You are

:51:19.:51:24.

involved in elections and all of the affairs of Government and life and

:51:25.:51:28.

state, you have talked about the chant quality of your garden, do you

:51:29.:51:31.

think gardens are important as places to retreat to? Particularly

:51:32.:51:36.

in times of crisis, I know in times of bereavement I have always gone to

:51:37.:51:42.

the garden. For people who cannot have a garden, the importance of

:51:43.:51:46.

wide-open spaces in towns and cities that are nurtured and cared for. I

:51:47.:51:53.

hate to think of cuts to gardening, because they bring apprentices on,

:51:54.:51:57.

people find employment, people volunteer in gardens, I walk past a

:51:58.:52:02.

lot and and think, this is fantastic, people can come to their

:52:03.:52:06.

allotment and see them thrive. We will ask you to look around, enjoy

:52:07.:52:12.

your first Chelsea and choose a cute things that are really special. What

:52:13.:52:13.

a treat. Now out, of the six gold

:52:14.:52:22.

medal-winning Artisan garden designs here at the Chelsea Flower Show,

:52:23.:52:24.

only one could be chosen as the best We were there to capture the moment

:52:25.:52:27.

the RHS handed out the award. I am delighted to announce that you

:52:28.:52:37.

have received the best Artisan Garden in the show today, so many

:52:38.:52:41.

congratulations, the first recipient of that beautiful box. Many

:52:42.:52:46.

congratulations, everyone. Our best Artisan Garden. Beautiful.

:52:47.:52:56.

Congratulations. It is the big one again. Smashed it again! Two years

:52:57.:53:07.

ago you got gold and Best In Show, but before that you got a Q Silvers,

:53:08.:53:11.

so you have nailed it now, you know what it takes. I got there in the

:53:12.:53:16.

end, really pleased with it. You are not here every year. I am a biannual

:53:17.:53:24.

designer. It is a fabulous garden, everybody is talking about it, the

:53:25.:53:28.

industrial landscape. Have you sourced all of the bits and pieces?

:53:29.:53:33.

I was fortunate enough to get the crane, because my grandfather had

:53:34.:53:37.

bought it for two or 50 years ago, and when I went to look at it it was

:53:38.:53:42.

immersed in nature, branches had grown through it, it planted the

:53:43.:53:47.

seed of the garden, it germinated over 18 months, we used the crane

:53:48.:53:52.

throughout. This was onside in the nursery? And old swamp area, we

:53:53.:53:58.

would go there as kids. I salvaged it in the winter months, chopping

:53:59.:54:03.

bits out. It was a bit of a mission. Is it the whole thing, the concept

:54:04.:54:09.

of the industrial landscape? It is not where nature has taken over,

:54:10.:54:13.

somebody has God and this. The brief was that people were living in

:54:14.:54:19.

warehouse accommodation and they had commissioned a designer to build a

:54:20.:54:23.

garden for relaxation, so it does not have weeds, it is quite plush.

:54:24.:54:29.

You are celebrating the heritage. A lot of these warehouse blogs that

:54:30.:54:33.

are being converted often get rid of the landscape outside. 100%. It

:54:34.:54:39.

would be great to incorporate this. Yes, try to create an atmosphere,

:54:40.:54:45.

curiosity, the industrial heritage. It fits in with the Artisan

:54:46.:54:49.

category. You are celebrating conifers, not many people here are.

:54:50.:54:53.

You put them together so beautifully. Our heritage and the

:54:54.:55:00.

nursery is is growing pines and conifers, but I pick the textual

:55:01.:55:04.

bonds to relate to the material colour. Some are windswept, so they

:55:05.:55:11.

give the garden a bit more which in depth and height. You borrowed the

:55:12.:55:18.

landscape beyond, you have not put a boundary, it look like it goes on.

:55:19.:55:23.

The location was perfect for the garden, because there are no

:55:24.:55:26.

boundaries, it is like a section of a larger garden. Lovely, great to

:55:27.:55:29.

see you, and congratulations again. Before we come to the end of today's

:55:30.:55:34.

show we just want to remind you that time is running out to vote

:55:35.:55:38.

for your favourite large show garden in this year's BBC RHS

:55:39.:55:43.

People's Choice Award. Details of all the gardens and how

:55:44.:55:47.

to cast your vote are on our Voting closes tonight at 9:30pm

:55:48.:55:50.

and the winner will be revealed tomorrow evening

:55:51.:55:58.

on BBC One at 7:30pm. Ruth asks, usually there is a plan

:55:59.:56:09.

that keeps popping up at the Chelsea Flower Show, what is this year's?

:56:10.:56:16.

How about shaggy box? Four years you see box plants clipped and trained

:56:17.:56:23.

and repeated, but this year, two or three gardens have got quite a lot

:56:24.:56:27.

of shaggy uncut box, it is new, and good.

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It looks great. We are on trend! How many lipids have you seen?

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Lot. They look great, they have gone so

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out of fashion, but they are back again.

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Is that because there is a nursery growing lots of them and everybody

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has gone there, or is it just coincidence?

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That can sometimes be the reason, but this year the sources are

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different, the designers are asking for them from different sources, so

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there is something in the zeitgeist. And we are there! We have had a lot

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of tweets asking what the tall white planned is behind us.

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A fabulous plant, I grow it. Just touches with pink. It can grow up to

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six feet tall, really dramatic, and it has strong square stems. It is a

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perennial. A really good planned. I like this hashtag!

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Well, that's it from Chelsea tonight, but we'll be back tomorrow

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on BBC Two looking at what we can draw from this year's show

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And we have a very special treat in store as Ellie Harrison

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is going to share her thoughts on wildlife gardening.

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Plus, we look at some of the fabulous fauna joining

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Nicki and James are back at 3:45pm on BBC One,

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so until, then it's goodbye from all the team at Chelsea.

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Monty Don and Joe Swift are back with more news from 2017's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, aided by Adam Frost, Nick Bailey, Rachel de Thame and Carol Klein. Monty takes an illuminating tour of the Artisan gardens at dusk.

Mary Berry gives a personal tour of her family garden before searching the show grounds for inspiration to take back home.

Newsnight anchor Kirsty Wark reveals how gardening is a perfect antidote to her day job.


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