Episode 11 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Episode 11

Nicki Chapman and James Wong choose their favourite gardens, Griff Rhys Jones shares his passion for plants, and Rachel de Thame concludes her guide to creating the best borders.


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It's a magnificent day here in central London and the

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showground is bursting with visitors enjoying the floral festivities.

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The intoxicating scents of Chelsea are still filling every inch

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of the Royal Hospital Grounds on this the penultimate

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We're uncovering some of the surprising plants and people

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that make Chelsea the greatest Flower Show on earth.

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Let the celebration of beautiful blooms

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Hello and welcome back to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show,

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an event supported by M Investments.

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Hold on to your secateurs as today we have a packed programme.

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Coming up, comedy legend Griff Ryhs Jones joins us

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and reveals why these days he prefers the floral festival

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Toby Buckland is in the Great Pavilion to discover some familiar

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And Rachel de Thame finds the perfect plant recipe

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The joy of being here all week means I've had a really great look around,

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so this is where I get a chance to fantasise about picking just one

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The one I really want to take away, you know I have such a soft spot, I

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have different favourite gardens for different reasons. But I always say

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it, it is the forensic level of detail. Such talented people,

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picking over each enjoy it. If I could take somebody home to look

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after my garden, it would be Ishihara Kazuyuki. I have some

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favourites, but I will go with City Living. The designer has created a

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design I would want to live in. I used to live in a flat, I didn't

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have any outdoor space. What Kate has managed to do is create an

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environment that a lot of us live in, but have small pockets of

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outdoor space. It's beautiful. Hopefully it will be the future.

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Forget the house, I could just live in her garden! She's done a great

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job. It's not only scent

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filling the gardens. Inside the Great Pavilion,

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the air is thick with a cacophony of scents and some of

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the plants pumping that fragrance out might surprise

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you as Toby Buckland has discovered. The reason flowers have an aroma is,

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of course, to attract pollinators. But when they are bred to have

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bigger blooms, they are all athletics and no aroma. Sometimes it

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is still worth sniffing them. It has a gorgeous aroma. It is a

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cross between Lily of the Valley and lilac. Then there are flowers you

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should never put your nose anywhere near. The sign to look for is blood

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red stripes on the petals or Sam Winner modelling. That is a sign

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they are pollinated by carrion flies. They will smell like

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something that died last week. I don't want to put my nose anywhere

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near that one. Jean-Claude. Lovely to meet you. You

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are what they call a nose? Well, I prefer perfumer. You control it with

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the brain, the nose is only there to control. Week you work on fragrances

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for big brands? I like the variety of different kinds of smell. This

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one, with the yellow, you smell it, it smells like lemons, grapefruit.

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You are right, very citrus. It is light, as well. If you take this

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one, darker, it is like chocolate powder. Vanilla. It does. I was

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going to say it smells like cheap chocolate, but this is the good

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stuff. This is the 80% stuff. Another thing is the smell in the

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morning is very light, and at night they are very heavy. It is a product

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of the oil changing? Yes. You can have a bouquet in the room and it

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will diffuse through the house. It has been under my nose all this time

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and I didn't know. Now you know! It has been a pleasure. This is another

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flower you think don't have a fragrance, but they do. But it is

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the smaller blooms like Montana that pack the punch. The flowers are

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small, but produced in their hundreds. When you get your nose

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into them, they are as sweet as cherry pie. It just goes to show,

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you should never take for granted that the flowers in your garden

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don't have a scent. You may get a pleasant surprise.

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Throughout this week we've been featuring the designers of the large

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show gardens to get a more personal picture of the people behind them.

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Next up is Chelsea veteran Chris Beardshaw.

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I am the design of The Morgan Stanley Garden at Chelsea Flower

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Show. What a stage this is to be at, not only to impress thousands of

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gardeners that come through, but also to inspire the schools and

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communities that are the recipients of the particular scheme. I started

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out life as a mystery man, essentially growing plants to

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perfection. Later in life, my mid-20s, I realised that where my

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heart lay was the assembly of those plans, the choreography. That is

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where we can stimulate the emotions and create beautiful spaces that

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change people's lives. My typical garden design, well, did be brutally

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honest with yourself, especially if it is your own garden. How do I want

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to feel and what makes me feel like that? The two most important

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questions. Answer those honestly, and you are in line for a garden

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that truly connects with the soul. Growing up, from an early age, did

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you know that you were always going to be involved with gardening or

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not? I didn't know how to do anything else. My grandmother bought

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me a packet of seeds when I was four. I put them on the windowsill,

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damp piece of tissue paper, scattered them. What fascinated me

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was how they chased the light. If I turned them around, how they moved.

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The speed they were doing that. And the fact that every grew, all of

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them germinated. I looked at them germinating and thought, I am

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probably quite good at this. It was a great introduction from my

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grandmother. It was cress, which is so easy to germinate, but that was

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her skill. To ignite that passion. At Chelsea, we are surrounded by

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wonderful planting and design. Do you have a favourite, now that you

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can relax and it is coming near to the end of Chelsea? What are you

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most proud of? It's very difficult, it is like asking which is your

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favourite child. The Sylvester on the corner is stunning. A British

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native, standing by itself. Got it off the vehicle in four hours

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without breaking a branch. Around the corner, the Himalayan Lily. I

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don't think it has ever flowers at Chelsea Flower Show before. I've had

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them for five years, they are probably eight years old. It is from

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the Himalayas and it grows with a rosette of leaves for many years and

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suddenly, when it decides, it pushes this stem up ten or 12 feet in

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height. Regal brooms on the top. It has opened up in the last couple of

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days. That is a real surprise. I love the fact you said it decides

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when it is going to do it and it knows how important this week is.

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Not just for you, but to all of us. It is such a splendid garden. Thank

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you very much indeed. We see a lot of green fingered

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celebrities at Chelsea. Griff Rhys Jones is

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a regular visitor, but it wasn't until Joe Swift visited Griff's

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garden that it became clear just So, you are growing a lot of

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vegetables? Well, my wife, Jo, she is fanatical. This little plot

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controls our whole calendar. We had asparagus, broad beans, artichoke,

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extraordinarily beautiful and delicious pumpkins, called Crown

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Prince. Fantastic. But it does mean that you cannot necessarily go

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somewhere at certain times of the year. As you will find, as we travel

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around, the private domain, there is a box everywhere. This is the

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obsession with formality that runs around this whole place. We try to

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compartmentalise a bit. This is beautiful. Really contrasting to all

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of the hedges. It is. Lots of roses. It's beautiful.

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The per -- pergola gave us some height, old-fashioned shrub roses

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coming up. What is fascinating is what will grow here. I think if you

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move into an agricultural field, you are left with a lot of nitrogen in

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the field. Very lush. Yes. You are imposing yourself onto the plot?

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Nature is a form of disorder. Man is about rationality and lines. If you

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make a structured, rational, mathematical pattern and then allow

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the profusion to go through it, but a lot of people in a garden like

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this, in a rural setting, would be tempted to be haphazard. I really

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like the way that you have done this. Is it quite a male thing

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question might The house was built in 1700. These were not places

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people joined with nature, they are places which people built to

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separate themselves from nature. Originally. Where they showed the

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control that they can have. A beautiful view? I sat down and we

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worked it out so that we had these back and forth bets. Everything is

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supposed to be designed to be low maintenance. How is that, is that

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the reality? No, it is like selling your plate with food. It feels a

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great excitement as you put it onto the plate, then you think I've got

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to eat all of this. One of the fun things about having this is you can

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plant things and forget about them. Instead of standing over, a small

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garden, you stand there and say, come on. If you have got a big

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garden, you walking around the corner, two years later, do go, look

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at the size of that! Wow! This is my new project. We have new

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projects on the go all the time. Isn't that rose fantastic? This is

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exactly what I mean. I come in here and go, what's that!? What I'm going

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to do is cut a hole in my hedge, another Vista. I'm going to put a

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path to take us right the way through, down there. Probably two

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more borders in there. These are the beginnings of a little Provencal box

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border here. Have you always gardened? As a child, did you?

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Gardens are something, like Radio 3, that you need to grow into. We don't

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need to worry that young kids are not spending a huge amount of time

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gardening. They come to it later. It's fair enough to say, I don't

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want to go to Glastonbury any more. But I did. But I don't want to go

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there any more. I'd rather be in my garden.

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I love the fact that you said you would rather be gardening van Gogh

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to Glastonbury! You are at a horticultural customary now, test of

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both! I am a Chelsea virgin, it is the first time I have been to

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Chelsea. There is the feeling, even as I wander around, you walk around

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and see all these things, you think you should be in the garden now

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pulling weeds. So much inspiration firing at all angles, have you seen

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anything that has caught your eye? I know it is crazy, but I love the

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pavilion, I love that side, the Victorian flower displays,

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extraordinary. Chrysanthemums, you think... ! How have they done it?

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Daffodils! How are they doing this?! Also, I am impressed by the little

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gardens. I am impressed by formal gardens, I like the carefully

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organised planting. I am a control freak in the garden, I clip things,

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and only for it to get wilder as you get further away. I love the way,

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the effort, if you look at the borders around here, to make the

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random planting effect, it is more corrugated than making a formal

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plot. It is really cheeky. It is a constant battle, making it sends to

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how we like to understand the world, and having enough chaos to make it

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feel relaxed. Either messy or clinical. It is amazing. 50 years

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ago, everybody had been getting a builder in to get all that stuff off

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your roof. Now, it's a fashion. What I like is, I come along and I can

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see these extraordinary re-creations, recreating a Yorkshire

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seascape, or to see the extraordinary re-creation of a wild

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field. And the gnarly old trees that will have have the shock of their

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lives, these apple trees... Appearing here! But I am still as

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much in love with it come at the clip pawn beam hedges, I thought the

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garden deserved a gold medal. It is one of my favourites. On the theme

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of control, I hear you won a beautiful wild flower medal, but you

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don't want certain things in it. Of course! What is causing you

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distress? In a wild flower Meadow, you have two clear every scrap away.

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I was out there pulling. My wife is watching me with a look of horror,

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she does all the work in the garden! I go around and say "We must put a

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new path here." But the problem for me is, looking at an acre of wild

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flower meadow. You have the best place in the world to find an expert

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to solve your problems. Have a lovely day. Thank you, James. Lovely

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to see you again. We all know that a beautiful

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garden can make us happy But getting out and gardening has

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much deeper benefits to our mental Garden designer Mark Lane has been

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out in the show ground exploring the added advantages gardening

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can bring to us all. John, I know there are a few three

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varieties of edible plants in here. Different colours, shapes,

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performance of plants, wonderful tomatoes and mulberries, the

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nasturtium, they are all edible. It isn't a big garden and you don't

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need much space to grow it on. This garden is ten metres by ten metres.

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The vegetable area is five eggs five, you do not need a big plot to

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grow for your family all the year round. My passions is to get

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everybody involved in horticulture. -- five eggs five. Those were my

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earliest memories, following my grandfather around, growing stuff

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for me to eat later. Happy healthy horticultural sums it up, happiness,

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fun, breathing in the fresh air, fitness, and above all eating it,

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and having a balanced diet for what you grow yourselves.

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Over in the Breast Cancer Now Garden through the microscope garden, the

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design has focused on making the garden and up listing places for the

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mind. -- and uplifting place. It is important for people to rest their

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minds by focusing the mind on the minutiae which makes you more

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restful and more calm. You have done that with some of the smaller

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planting. Part of the garden is about magnification, having little

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plants and bigger plants. One of the ones we really like is the tiny

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Euphorbia. There are two. Their ardour. This is as well. They are

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lovely, exquisite versions of their bigger selves. Taking the time to

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observe the small details, and being in that moment, that mindfulness can

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be calming and soothing. It can. That is what it is about, enjoying

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yourselves and being outside. I agree. It's wonderful.

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Throughout the week Carol Klein has been searching the Great Pavilion

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to reveal the origin of some of our most loved border plants.

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Next, she is focusing on those plants that hail from Australasia.

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It was in the 1700s when explorers James Cook and Joseph Banks landed

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on the shores of New Zealand. When they arrived, they found the local

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people, the Maori, clad in garments, fashioned from a cloth they did not

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agonise. It was made from this plant. Plant occurs all over New

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Zealand, but articulately on windswept hillsides. It is the tough

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leaves that help it to withstand the conditions there. If you tear them

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apart, they are fibrous. It allows the plant to bend its leaves

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backwards and forwards, and put up with gales, hot sun, and even salt

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spray. It was these fibres that were woven together to produce the cloth

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of which their clothes were made. It didn't really appear as a common

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feature until the last few decades, but now you see it all over the

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place. It is often used in bedding schemes and a punctuation plant. It

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will grow practically anywhere, but it does need sunshine. It hates

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very, very wet soggy, stagnant soil. But apart from that, it is tough as

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old boot. I don't grow many plants from down

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under in my garden, but one that is looking spectacular at the moment is

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a huge, big clump of this. It is an evergreen perennial, native to New

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Zealand. The flowers have three petals, in common with many other

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members of the iris family, to which it belongs.

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Australia, it's hot. The picture is full of earthy colours, terracotta,

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ochre, fire and a smell, that wonderful, pungent aroma. The

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remaining ingredient of that snow is a plant that probably typifies

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Australia for us, the eucalyptus. Eucalyptus are found all over

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Australia, many different habitats, but it is only in the last few

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decades that they have become a familiar sight both in our gardens

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and in our flower shops. As well as grabbing them, it is really

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straightforward. They will grow anywhere, providing it is in the

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sun. And in reasonably drained soil. But choose the variety that will

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grow to the kind of height you want it. But beware, they are really

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rapid growers, so you have to keep an eye on them. Throughout the week,

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we have looked at each different continent, looking at flowers we

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think of as being British. That's not the case with plants from

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Australasia, but who knows, in future years, they may become just

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as familiar. From a tree that thrives

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in the baking heat to a group of antipodean plants which prefer

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living life in the shade. I did expect tropical plants to love

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shade, but that's not the case. People always think exotic, which

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means newbie light. Funnily enough, in tropical rainforests, the canopy

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blocks out so much alike. All of these are from damp, due mid

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conditions. You can grow this kind. Can you grow a beautiful structure

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like the one behind us? Cyathea medullaris,

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the black tree fern - But in 2010, I had seven huge ones.

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I donated them to gardens around the UK. Everyone put them in

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greenhouses, except Chelsea, so they put it outside and gambled. Seven

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years later, it is still looking great. West of Cornwall, Central

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London, but you can get away with it. A few questions for you, Lynne

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Cowdrey says, I rescued a dying tree fern from a nursery section and it

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is doing well in a pot, should I planted in the ground? If it is

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doing well in the pot, keep it in the pot. However, in pots, water can

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dry up quickly because there better grabbing conditions in the ground.

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Even in the winter, it should be fine? Throughout most of the UK. If

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you are up north, get straw, shove it in the centre of the growing

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team, and it will keep the warmth in the centre. Like a woolly jumper.

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Emma Quinn says, my fern is turning a pale green, yellow colour, please

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help. It sounds like a fertiliser issue. There are lots of types. My

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favourite is organic, Lama Peru. It doesn't smell. That is something I

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wasn't expecting to hear at Chelsea. Thank you, James. Ferns can be the

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perfect plant to breathe life into an unloved shady corner.

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But whatever the conditions of your garden, there

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Rachel de Thame has been exploring the show gardens to discover

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which plants they've used to create a beautiful border no matter

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Whether you are on a windy hillside or the very top of a tower block and

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have a balcony there, exposed sides are some of the most difficult to

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deal with. But there are plenty of plants that will thrive and are well

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adapted for exactly that. Alpines come within that category. What they

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all have in common is they tend to be low growing, so that the worst of

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the wind can sweep over the top without doing too much damage to

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them. They often have small foliage, small leaves, sometimes with a

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silvery coating, tiny hairs, and those adaptations help the plant

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conserve moisture. A few here special. This one is a large flower

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on this particular one. It is difficult to get hold of, you won't

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find it in a local nursery. But you may find this one. Again, a smaller

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version with a rather more delicate shape of daisy flower. Another one

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of my favourites, a plant that many of us are familiar with, we see it

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in garden centres. It comes from areas in North America, on the North

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facing side of cliffs. It can take everything the elements can throw at

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it. This has a lovely Daisy Sheikh, with finely dissected leaves. These

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ones as well, so beautiful am the rose that is of leaves and so low

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maintenance, you don't have to do anything with them once they are in.

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And I love this, there are various types, there are also alpine

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varieties that are even shorter. Don't be put off by that long stem.

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Because it is so slender and wiry, it can get buffeted by the wind.

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This is also very popular, and they are perfect. They have the hammock

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shape, and the flowers in spring time appear like stars above

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foliage. These plants can take the wind, the sun, they can take brain.

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What they don't like is to get their feet really wet, soggy, damp soil

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all through the winter is a killer. Make sure when you plant them, lots

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of drainage goes into the planting holed, and make it deep. These

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beauties are then going to thrive. Give me an exposed position any day!

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So we've profiled seven of the designers of the Main Avenue

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show gardens and in the final instalment of this series,

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designer of The Royal Bank of Canada Garden.

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My name is Charlotte Harris, I am the design of the Boyle bank of

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Canada garden. Three words to ascribe myself,

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inquisitive, passionate and happy. -- Royal Bank of Canada garden. The

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reason I became a garden designer is because I like being out and

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adventuring in wild landscapes, exploring them. And bringing pieces

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back of those and bringing green into our everyday lives is something

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that brings real joy to me. My earliest gardening memory is

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being in the garden with my mother in autumn, raking leaves and the

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smell of wood smoke. My top tip for designing a garden is

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to work with it, and not to attempt to control it. Have a sense of what

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grows there naturally, whether it is sunny or shady, right plant, right

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place. I have seen US Chelsea, I have not

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met you until this year. I recognise you from working on some of the best

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gardens I've ever seen at the show in terms of planting. It is your

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first year designing one. How long was it in the making? I started

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planning it in June or July last year. Chelsea last year, I thought,

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actually, I really am ready now for a Show Garden in my own right.

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Planting a Show Garden is very different from a real garden. There

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are all sorts of tips and tricks. You are trying to create a realistic

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piece of Canada in 20 days? It is a challenge. I think working with a

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brilliant nursery, having a very strong plant eating to help you out

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and having a sense of what you want to achieve. I was really clear I

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wanted to make this about planting communities that were reflected

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within the world landscape of Canada. Walking through it, it is so

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immaculately perfect. It is hard to imagine you had any difficulties.

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Chelsea is about hiding the difficulties that come along. Was

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anything particularly challenging? The trees are so beautiful, but they

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are super fragile. Bringing them in, there were some sweaty moments. A

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brilliant contractor, lots of care and concern, making sure they got in

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safely. All other plans are planted in pots. Then we had to take the rim

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off. These trees will have been wrapped up, The Brunchies pact, on

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the back of a lorry, transported hundreds of miles and they look like

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they have been here forever. -- The branch pact.

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Because of Monday night's tragic events we interrupted Tuesday's

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broadcast to join the nation in a minute's silence.

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This meant we missed the opportunity to bring you Carol Klein searching

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out plants in the Great Pavilion originating from Asia.

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We didn't want you to miss out, so here it is.

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There are lots of plants in our gardens that we assume our British

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through and through. They have always been there. But in actual

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fact, many of them originate in places all around the world. Very

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many of them come from the continent of Asia. What could be more English

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than a rose? They epitomise an English summer garden. But the roses

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that would grow in our gardens today over their heritage to roses from

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all over the northern hemisphere. But particularly from Asia. It was a

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chance meeting between East and West, on the Isle of reunion in the

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Indian Ocean, which was a trading post. Chinese traders brought their

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flowers, including the roses. French traders did exactly the same thing.

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Eventually, they got together, producing some of the most beautiful

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roses you can imagine. The very basis of many of the roses that we

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grow today, like this one. This is a ball then rose. -- Bourbon rose. It

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brings all sorts of things to the party. These double flowers,

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gorgeous scent and the ability to flower on and on.

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What is the quintessential English fruit? Surely it is the apple. No.

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Not a bit of it. It actually comes from Asia and it was probably

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introduced here by the Romans. In recent times, our choice of apples

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has diminished hugely. There are only a few varieties available. Help

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is at hand. Recently there has been an enormous movement to reintroduce

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heritage varieties, so the choice is going to be wider wider.

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Nonetheless, they all come from trees from Asia.

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Peonies the Queens of the border. Many are from Europe. But we owe our

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greatest debt to those from Asia. All of these sumptuous hybrids. But

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there is a whole new generation that are even more exciting. They are

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hybrids with gorgeous blooms. They have an enormous advantage over some

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of the older varieties. For a start, they are really robust, strong

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plants. They stand up for themselves and do not need staking. They have a

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longer flowering period and maintain their foliage deep into the autumn.

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This one is absolutely gorgeous. We have such a debt of gratitude to

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Asia. Thanks for these gorgeous plants.

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Earlier today we sent Griff Rhys Jones off

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into the showground to solve a problem he was having

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Let's see if he found a Chelsea solution.

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As I explained, I have a problem in my garden. I have an alien invasion.

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I'm hoping I can get some help for that year. -- here. Hello. I am here

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to bring you a monster and primeval problem. I have a rather successful

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wild flower meadow. I have what I think is called horse tail. What can

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I do to get rid of it? It is a really interesting weed. It looks

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like a tiny Christmas tree. It was around at the time of the dinosaurs,

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which gives you an inkling as to how tenacious it is. It has a couple of

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ways of spreading. It does not have flowers, it has spores. It will also

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have thickened, dark coloured roots, which will spread out through the

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soil. That is what your garden is getting. It sounds like something

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from outer space. You can try digging it out, but it can go down

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one or even two meters down into the soil. To get half an acre, digging

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down to two metres... I think we will let you off that. The

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management of cutting it, when do you do that? Probably early October.

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A lot of summer flowers will be finished by maybe late July, early

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August. Try bringing it back just a little bit. That will help to keep

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it suppressed and allow the wild flowers to keep a bit of

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competition. If we cut that, does the grass need caring? Definitely

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clear it up. You might need to learn to live with it. I have been called

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a bit of a dinosaur myself, maybe I will have to live with a dinosaur

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plant. The Great Pavilion houses some

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of the most coveted blooms in the country - peonies have long

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been a favourite in the border but recently they've been

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topping the list of most The nursery Primrose Hall have

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been wowing the crowds with their stunning

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bridal headdresses. I'm joined by Bronwyn Brett to see

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if we can recreate that magic. Alice, our blushing bride, how

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gorgeous do you like? Is this made by your good self? Absolutely. How

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easy is this going to be? Really simple. What you have to do is just

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click the flowers really short and close to the stem. Then we have a

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glue gun, and we just have a tiny dab of glue. Simple as that, stick

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it down and hold for a couple of seconds. Lets see how I get on. We

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are surrounded by wonderful different varieties. Are they the

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number one flower for brides in your opinion? Absolutely, definitely.

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They are such gorgeous, gorgeous flowers. Why do they work so well?

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When I think of bridal headwear, I am thinking the tiara. If you went

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back to the Victorian ages, they used to be made flowers? Absolutely,

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definitely a trend that came from the catwalk. We have seen it a lot

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recently. Everything travels down to weddings, really. This one, I don't

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know what variety it is, but it has the most wonderful fragrance. I

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don't think of peonies having much smell? They really do. That is Sarah

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Bernhardt. At the front, Lady Alexander Duff, one of the most

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highly scented. The bees are loving them. How should you use it, right

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at the front, to give its structure? A nice focal point for the

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headdress. Is that the front? That is definitely different! We also

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have delicate carnations and roses. As a leading stylus, how long have

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you been working with flowers? For the last seven years. I fell in

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love, doing a friend's wedding, helping her. I carried on from

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there. I learned more about them and fell in love. I will have to glue

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that again. It is very hot. Are brides quite competitive, would they

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be asking their florist for this? In my years in industry, they are

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always trying to each other. I am running out of time, I managed to

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get two on. Yours is looking beautiful. I have to get my peony

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finished. This is a labour of love. We have roses, carnations and the

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gorgeous peonies, but you could use other flowers? Totally, the roses

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held up well, they add texture. A little bit of colour range, so that

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you have a bit of interest. And the smell is so important. Totally! If

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you are the rushing bride, you want to smell gorgeous all day long. They

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give you that, and a bit of luxury. I'm struggling slightly. All --

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always the bridesmaid, never the bride. I think I might need a few

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more hours. But it is truly gorgeous.

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The Great Pavilion is packed full of the world's

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here are some that really got the crowds excited.

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James Comey made his birthday and I have a surprise in store. I have

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been warned about this! This is what all of the brides will be wearing. I

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will wear it, just for you, Nicki. Humiliate me on my birthday. You can

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take it off, I don't mind. It has been the most wonderful week. Any

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highlights that stick in your mind? For me, it has to be Charlotte

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Harris. I have seen her kicking around for years, helping other

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people get gold. To finally have an opportunity herself, she was shaking

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like a leaf, when she cried, it got me and I burst into tears. It is

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that emotion and exhaustion. I love the gardens, it has been the most

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terrific week. We have been so blessed with the weather. It is when

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you talk to the garden designers, large and small, also the exhibitors

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in the Great Pavilion. You get that sense of how much they have been

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looking forward to the whole week, the planning could be a week, a

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month, sometimes it is years in the making, a lifetime of ambition. Here

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they are, and you really get that sense of how important it is. We

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have to mention our special guests, all week, but my favourite is going

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to be Peter Kay. Forget Car Share, it is all about the Chelsea Chariot,

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as I took them around. I met my childhood hero and found out he is a

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plant geek as well. I didn't do too badly, did I? Always room for

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improvement. Well, sadly that is the end

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of The Chelsea Flower Show for the two of us, but you can join

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Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift as they reveal the winner of the BBC

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RHS People's Choice Award at 7:30 on BBC One or the same time on BBC

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Two if you're watching in Wales. And you can catch up with Monty

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and Joe on BBC Two at 8 o'clock. Keep sending your thoughts on the

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hashtag, #BBCChelsea.

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Nicki Chapman and James Wong choose their favourite gardens from the show. Griff Rhys Jones shares his passion for plants, and Rachel de Thame concludes her guide to creating the best borders.


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