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

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

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

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

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wealth of innovative gardens as well as stunning plants and flowers

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

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Keeping with tradition it all started last Monday as the gates

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

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

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to grab the public and pressure -- press attention.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boulders are strewn through the borders given a whole garden a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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there are still these hummocks creating mounds throughout the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fascinating coming here and seeing the walls being constructed, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fine by me. Whilst Joe wallowed in the scent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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host of famous faces eager to see and be seen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Talking of flowers and gorgeous arrangements, the florist who Her

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

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

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

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

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

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pillows. From comedians to demons,

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professional horticulturalists to garden enthusiasts, we saw more than

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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completely different from the outside looking in to when she was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the great Pavilion. The great Pavilion has plenty of royal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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combination of landscaping and plans, really demonstrating the

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

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

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

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

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closer and closer together so smaller spaces, wildlife corridors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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surprises. You've got a silvergilt medal and I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the self elected, you suddenly realise that actually what matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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combine plans and choreographed plans and orchestrate them in a way

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

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unashamedly a gardeners garden. Very well done. Congratulations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bye-bye.

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