Episode 15 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Episode 15

Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift look back on the highlights of the week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

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Hello, and welcome to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and invent


supported by M G investments. The show is over but before we say


goodbye to this floral exam -- extravaganza, we want to share some


of the highlights of what has been a scorching week. There's been a


wealth of innovative gardens as well as stunning plants and flowers


brought to you by the best the horticultural world has to offer.


Keeping with tradition it all started last Monday as the gates


opened the world media, VIPs and, of course, Her Majesty the Queen. The


showground came with visitors -- exhibitors pulling out all the stops


to grab the public and pressure -- press attention.


But, of course, the real head turner 's arbour plants and gardens, be


they big or small. The sheer amount of effort planet goes into creating


a garden at Chelsea is awe-inspiring. Here are some of the


main gardens that pulled in the crowds this year -- effort and


planning. Based on the Maltese quarry, James Basson's design is


like a labyrinth in a land that Time forgot, thanks to changes of level


and giant monoliths that dominates the site. It is a garden that has


surprises round every corner, from the table for alfresco dining to


this cool pool. There is the wiry yellow Rose Educ, the fluffy tops of


bunny tail grass, and this, and I've not seen this plant before at


Chelsea, it's called squirting cucumber and it has Kiwi sites


brutes that can propel themselves across your garden some 30 feet --


Kiwi size fruits. The stones are offcuts from a quarry, matched with


the wild planting, it is the sort of garden that is a match between two


people, one who likes to keep things neat and tidy and another who does


not. The Linklaters garden for Maggie is designed by Darren Hawkes


takes, as its inspiration, the importance of green, calming spaces


for patients recovering from cancer. It is very much an enclosed garden


with a tall hedge running around it. The only way to view is either


through the slatted garden gate or up on the walkway. The core of the


garden is this granite cuboid which has been broken apart, and all of


the other elements are made from the same material, the chippings down at


ground level, the furniture, and the water feature. And then it is also


often by planting. And we have the colour picked out with the Rosa


glauca. Then there are other touches of colour. We have the bright


purples of the irises and the pinks of the geraniums, and the airy


planting from elections. -- the election. A walk on the wild side.


That sums up the world of Charlotte Harris, because her garden is a


representation of the boreal forest in northern Canada. This is a vast


wilderness ravaged by fire in summer and covered in snow in winter. The


fire releases nutrients that causes lush growth, and she got that in the


Borders here. The flames are also referenced in the scorched would on


the bridge and furniture in the pavilion. -- the scorched award.


Boulders are strewn through the borders given a whole garden a


rugged field. It is so much more than a forest garden, the patio is


big enough to use to have a table. And this is all soft and around the


edges by wild planting, and the bees are already working on the blooms --


softened around the edges. This 500 years of Covent Garden is inspired


by the famous part of London and leave has used the same materials


you would find, so the cobbles, paving stones, the London brick


wall. To these arches, which are very much how the structure looks in


Covent Garden market itself. Surrounding it, you have a hornbeam


hedge and then each of the corners, you pick up on the history of the


market with these old apple trees. And there is also corners at the


back here, and there are pale colours on that which filter through


the garden, whether it is on the foxgloves, the still those, and


there are still these hummocks creating mounds throughout the


border. As you come to the front of the garden, clouds of grasses are


punctuated by the warm pink of roses and Lupin 's. From vibrant colours


to delicious smells. Our senses were bombarded this year. Something the


RHS made a fabulous beach of with their five feel-good gardens


celebrating radio to's 50th anniversary. Each of them focused on


one of the five sentences -- senses and was championed by a Radio 2 DJ,


who were not frightened to get their hands dirty. Jo Wiley, I've seen you


here at Chelsea so many times on the opening day, and you have swanned in


here with your own garden. I have swapped my posh shoes and got some


hobnail boots on and this jacket, and I wouldn't be any happier. It


was the best time I ever had when I was asked to get involved, and this


is our garden. I know you are a really good gardener and you have a


wonderful garden at home but this is different doing it at Chelsea. It is


fascinating coming here and seeing the walls being constructed, the


truckers and diggers on the lorries going round, it is so transformed by


the end. It is lovely. We have these racks of plants you can just pick


and choose. It's like the best place in the world you can be to see what


is on offer and what you can create but it's 1 million miles from my own


garden. I'm going to be planting this rose in here with the


designers. My gosh, Sophie, this is hard work. The power of Sophie


Raworth conquers again. This looks like somebody's garden from last


year. What do you think? I think it looks pretty good. Basically we are


their slaves. I love all the words engraved in the wall. A nice touch.


I love this one. Dusty vinyl. I love that. A great ambassador here. I


just happened to be your servant of the day. What next? Put her to work.


How is she doing? The truth? She's brilliant. It's so fabulous to have


somebody who wants to get stuck in. Keep going. It's all right for you,


sitting over there. You can join in, you know? And look at this. I know.


And what a difference a few days makes. All your hard work, Joe. You


must be delighted with what you have achieved. I am wowed by the garden.


It is amazing. It is so wonderful. Just the realisation that all the


conversations we had going to the nursery, seeing the plants and


seeing them put in place and seeing them work together. The water is


trickling to the side in the pool. It is gorgeous. There are beautiful


details and the water feature is one of them. Are there anything juicy


that made you think you must do it at home? The Angelico all around us


-- anything you see. What a wonderful thing you have done.


You've been here so many years, but to have your own garden... It is


great, me and Jo Malone came here to get the garden, and I don't know


where I go from here. Shall we just stay here? Gin and tonic, I think.


Fine by me. Whilst Joe wallowed in the scent


garden, over at the garden dedicated to taste, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans was


joined by fellow champion, Mary Berry. Mary, you are famous for your


culinary skills, but also a very keen gardener. I love gardening.


When you finish cooking and you are exhausting -- exhausted, go into the


fresh air and pick some herbs, do some gardening. It makes you feel


good. Chris you've had quite a crowd. You were even broadcasting


first thing this morning. We have the 5 cents gardens and I didn't


realise how good the gardens would be, and Mary has been very involved


in the architecture. But they really held their own. They are beautiful.


They are drawing the crowds in. They are the sort of gardens you can take


home. You can do it yourself. Somebody has to invent smelly


vision. Then we need taste for the tasting garden. I've had a good


taste of many of the things, and that dear little mulberry tree.


You've got your ion that. That could be disappearing by the end of the


week. Yes, underneath my arm. Mary, Chris, thank you both so much.


As ever, the Chelsea Flower Show was the hottest ticket in town with a


host of famous faces eager to see and be seen.


What is not to love about Chelsea? It is seeing all of these gorgeous


colours and flowers. How do they keep everything alive? I swear, I go


to buy a planted a garden centre and I can hear the plants screaming no!


Completely overwhelmed by it. You see it on the TV over the years, but


it is absolutely stunning. This is incredible. Living plants, all put


together under a marquee. What I love this year is that I have


someone with me. I feel very spoiled. -- I have a rose named


after me. It is a beautiful oasis in the heart of London. I love the


variety this year, and maybe I love the stands, because I am a bit of a


shopper. Oh, my gosh, it's exciting, it's so creative. People think you


have to know about flowers to come here, but no, you have do come here


and worship. And also paying homage to Chelsea this year was the


brilliant funnyman Peter Kay. Peter, welcome to Chelsea, a first


experience. It's like Glastonbury without any music. Is it better than


Glastonbury? I've never been. What was your impression as you walk


through the gates? It's beautiful. Can I call you Nicola. Can I tell


everyone at home, I met Nicola ten years ago when I was a woman on a


programme called written has got the pop factor. I was dressed as


Geraldine -- Britain's got the pop factor. Now we meet again at the


Chelsea Flower Show. What a place to meet, because you and your mother


loves flowers, don't you? My mum loves flowers and it's a birthday


treat for her, this. There she is, over there. Enjoying the day. A


lovely day, beautiful. It's a wonderful place. Are you inspired as


you walk around? When you were a little boy did you have a garden? We


had a hedge and that was it. I had a window box. My mum has a nice garden


in the bungalow. You did that too. The next tour is called my mum wants


a villa. We are moving up. Anything caught your eye? Like the Artisan


gardens? This is my favourite. Do you like what they have done? I like


the things, I've not seen them hanging down. Lovely. There's some


lovely things. It's a gorgeous bod. There's so much to explore. But we


thought we would drive you around in a homage to Ka Share. It's American.


I'm in control. I have to ask you, there is a vicious rumour the show


is not coming back? It's not coming back. I cried once she got out of


the car. You were meant to be together. Tell her that. It's been


lovely, and I've been overwhelmed by the reaction, but I think we should


get out while the going is good. Is it the pressure to keep doing it


again and again? But you need good content and good stories and there's


all sorts you can do in a car. What would you call it? It is a floral


fancy. That's what it is. Hopefully you will see things that you can


take back and you will take up gardening? Have you been to the


Great Pavilion? Yes. Stunning flowers. My favourite one was 166.


It sounds like the lottery. I've got a picture of it on my iPhone.


Talking of flowers and gorgeous arrangements, the florist who Her


Majesty the Queen supported has done this for your mum to celebrate her


birthday. This is yours, mum, for your birthday. It's for you, this.


Bring them home on the train. We are so delighted you have joined us


today. Thank you very much. Your first experience and I hope your


comeback. I want to come back to that store that sells orthopaedic


pillows. From comedians to demons,


professional horticulturalists to garden enthusiasts, we saw more than


165,000 visitors come to the Chelsea Gates. -- from comedians to games.


Including Her Majesty the Queen. The Queen has come to Chelsea more than


50 times and it is always a very big moment for the flower show. The


Queen is now talking to Ricky, who has been at Chelsea for 50 years but


he keeps a scrapbook at home all the members of the Royal family he has


met over the years. You have probably been here as many times as


the Queen! I don't like to mention that but probably! This is an


exhibit that the Queen knows very well. This is Raymond Everson's


clement tests. Her Majesty is always very impressed by our climate is.


Ian is from Belfast in his garden here is a representation of his


struggle with depression and it is something of a Duchess of Cambridge


is particularly keen to see. You were showing her around the garden.


How did she find it? She was commenting on the fact that it felt


completely different from the outside looking in to when she was


inside. She was excited to go inside the garden and experience that


directly. That is what this garden is meant to be about, that feeling.


What a day for you. It has been brilliant. The Duke of Edinburgh is


here, or your regular at Chelsea. He has been here so many times over the


decades, although now that he has announced he will be stepping down


from royal duties after the summer, who knows whether he will return


again? Hello, Sir. We have something of a royal traffic jam there. It was


amazing, wasn't it? And the Queen was very interesting. She said she


listens to you this morning. Radio 2, apparently. Well done with the


garden. Thank you so much. I shall be listening tomorrow. With the


Queen! OK. And in celebration of the Royal visit, Carol Klein went to


discover the Regal plans rolling out the red carpet and holding court in


the great Pavilion. The great Pavilion has plenty of royal


subjects, whether it is because of their name or their colour. But


amongst this sea of contenders to the throne, some plants have a


Majesty all of the run. -- all of their own. Hark, the trumpets


announced the entrance of the royal court. These wonderful plants, with


ears saturated colours, are really straightforward to grow. Keep them


frost free during the winter and don't water them at all. And then,


in spring, start to water them and they will burst into growth. And


they will fill the whole place with their glorious music. In the royal


court, surely the planet that lends itself to the role of footman is the


Del Finian? Tall, stately, often in lines, they form the basis of a


brilliant border. -- delphinian. Every court needs its Royal Jester.


To keep the aristocracy entertained and bring a touch of frivolity to


the proceedings. In this case, it is a happy medium, with its little


jester hats. Such reliable plans and so easy to grow, and the perfect


solution if you have dry shade, bringing dancing showers to really


liven up the proceedings. This stand is fit for a king. In fact, it's


full of Kings. The national plan of South Africa. Like most Kings, it


likes constant attention and if you want to grow it in this country,


make sure you either grow it under glass or move to Cornwall or the


Scilly Isles. Sssh, we are in a royal presence. The Queen of hearts


is in attendance, presiding over this lovely stand. This plans takes


centre stage, and is often known as bleeding hearts. With its beautiful,


elegant, delightful flowers. During the summer months, it dies down, and


if it doesn't do so of its own accord, then take a tip from the


Queen of hearts. Off with its head! There was floral fun to be had


throughout the week. Exhibitors and designers with big ambitions, often


in the smallest of spaces. The Artisan and fresh gardens were full


of visitors and a personal favourite of mine. Take the city living


garden, packed full of take-home ideas and designed by Cate ghouls.


-- Kate Gould. Congratulations. When I first saw this garden, I knew you


would do really well with it. It has been a bit of a mega bills. This is


huge, even by my standards, probably borderline insanity. And you have


pretty much just build a house. Yes, three stories, 15 guys constantly.


It is down to them that it is here. Come on, the design is fantastic. It


combination of landscaping and plans, really demonstrating the


future of gardening. Small space gardening, where space is limited


but you can still cram plants in and make them relevant. You can get


close up to them. I think so. We have a huge history in London of big


parks and gardens, but we are now building more apartment blocks


closer and closer together so smaller spaces, wildlife corridors


are very important. And will this be a community garden, is that the


plan? It absolutely could be cut because the spaces are not big and


the plans are not challenging. And it is a diverse selection, shady


downstairs and hot and sunny up here. We are catering for the right


plant in the right place. I love the green wall on the outside, because


it is quite flat and you have real volume to it. It feels like it is


growing horizontally. It really is a lovely garden, beautifully designed.


While some medals make designers' dreams come true, there were a few


surprises. You've got a silvergilt medal and I


was shocked. I thought it was a definite gold medal. Have you had


feedback? I think the garden speaks for itself. You know, we didn't


necessarily come here chasing medals. I think that is a lost


cause. You come here presenting what you believe has integrity and


reality, garden people can connect with, you do the very best that you


can. Actually, listen to the response of gardeners, rather than


the self elected, you suddenly realise that actually what matters


is the fact that you produce this beauty, which mar such as the soul


in a way that is just indescribable. Gardening changes people's lives.


This is a garden. Do we have replications of landscapes here, but


yours is a garden and that is what people want. It is a garden design


show. It is a garden which pulls together many strands. It is about


not only getting communities and children involved, whether it is the


artwork in the roof year or the school that will be the recipients


of this musical stage, the planting goes on to communities and


stimulates community gardens in east London. That is why we're here. It


is about talking about the beauty of gardening inspiring people. Well,


you have inspired so many people. Your class. I love your gardens. And


I was not the only one singing Chris' praise. All his hard work


really paid off later in the week. You have been voting for the


People's choice award, and voting close at 9:30pm yesterday and we can


now announce the winner. The winning garden is, of course, the Morgan


Stanley garden but the designer, crispier chart, has no idea that he


has won your vote. He is about to find out. Let's go. This is the nice


thing, you just have to balance between one plant and the other and


it is all about catching the eye. Can I interrupt? We're not here to


talk about trees, we're here to tell you that you are the winner of the


BBC RHS People's choice award. Congratulations. I am so pleased


that you have won. You deserve this so much. Thank you very much. A


beautiful garden, absolutely beautiful. Show it to everyone here.


It means a lot to you. I'm not sure once in that. -- what is in that. It


is always a joy producing a garden at Chelsea. You come and do what you


can. You do what you believe in. Fantastic that gardeners, thank you


very much, all of you gardeners out there who voted for us and saw the


beauty and integrity in it. What was it that struck a chord with the


public? They voted for you and you have won again. I think this is


about six. But I love using plants, I love the fact that when you


combine plans and choreographed plans and orchestrate them in a way


that touches people's emotions, that is what I love doing. It is


unashamedly a gardeners garden. Very well done. Congratulations.


With over 12 hours of coverage on the BBC, let's pay one last look at


what has been an incredible week. What a week it has been. I have got


to say, for me, my favourite moment has still been during the bills. The


public are not here, and you have the teams of designers and


construction workers on site, and you really see the hard graft that


goes into creating something like this. I have so enjoyed this week


and a lot of these gardens are still growing now. The iris have just come


into flower today. Well, that is it from a sun-kissed, magical Chelsea


Flower Show. We have had loads of floral fun bringing you the very


best the horticultural world is to offer. The inspiring people and


plans have proved once again why this event remains the most famous


flower show on Earth. And we will be back in July with coverage of the


Hampden court Palace flower show. But from all the team here, goodbye.




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