Episode 7 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Episode 7

Nicki Chapman and James Wong look at the highlights from the show. Celebrity florist Simon Lycett teaches James Wong how to get more life out of the perfect bouquet.


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It's been quite a week so far here at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Today, we'll be bringing you the medal results

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in the Great Pavilion, as we get up close and personal

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And we'll be stepping behind the potting bench to meet

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If you adore plants, then you are in the right place.

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Hello and welcome to the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show,

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an event supported by M Investments.

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There were a few sore heads around the show ground this morning

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after the celebrations of the medal results last night.

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And it was this Show Garden that the judges thought had

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This is such a dramatic garden when you are standing on it. But

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technically, how difficult is it to build? There is a section in the

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categories which is caused scale of endeavour and it is about how

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difficult it is. These plants had been grown specially and some of the

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seed has been collected from the wilds to be grown here. It is not

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months, it is years we are talking? Absolutely. It certainly is perfect

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and that is why it has won. We have a lot more for you today

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from across the showground. We travel to North Yorkshire,

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to meet a Great Pavilion exhibitor whose obsession with Camassias has

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grown into a national collection. Carol Vorderman, a regular

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Chelsea visitor, is back Fresh garden designer Manoj Malde

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reveals how a life in fashion has And we join Sarah Ravenin

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on her Colour Cutting Garden, as she shares her top tips on how

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to get the most If you'd like to share your thoughts

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on anything happening here at Chelsea, we'd love

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to hear from you. Get in touch with us

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during the show on #BBC Chelsea. But first, it's time to catch up

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on the medal results Carol Klein went along

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to share in the excitement. It is not all about the gardens, in

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the Great Pavilion, all the exhibitors have in this morning

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biting their nails, they have had a sleepless night waiting to see what

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the judges have given them. It is brilliant!

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I got a gold. This is my centrepiece. Have you told her? I

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told her this morning, yes. Overjoyed! Gold! There we go! It is

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a Gold. Well done! Well done! Thank you very much! What have you got? We

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have got Silver! Silver, we are over the moon! Over the main! I am so

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excited! I am so happy! Did you get Gold? I am so happy, I am beyond

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happy. It has been a great year for medals

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in the Great Pavilion, with nine Silver, 25 Silver Gilt,

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and a massive 61 Golds awarded. But for some of the exhibitors,

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the journey to this year's show was anything other

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than plain sailing. One of those was the nursery Daisy

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roots, it has been a tricky year. Yes, we are in the lap of the gods

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with the weather, a small site with no electricity, one small pony: and

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the only climate control is in the tunnel or outside -- polytunnel. The

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plants grown hardy outside all winter so the weather has been kind

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at the last minute. We had warm spell in April that brought

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everything on and there was a lot of fingernail biting! And then it cools

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down and it has been very dry and we have grown a drought tolerance

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selection which has worked and it all came right at the last minute.

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One of the big tricky things is the unpredictability at Chelsea. If

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everything comes on early, it can swap around your plants, but it

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stalls and without the fancy equipment, is your nursery under one

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acre? Yes, we do not have much space, we have a nice range of

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plants but not huge numbers to choose from. We just do not have the

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space some other nurseries have, they have huge staff and huge

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tunnels and show plants. Ours are all outside. Some have less

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equipment and facilities then you and you have pulled it out of the

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bag. You have been chasing a gold for a number of years, you have had

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four Silver-Gilt medals in a row and just a point sometimes from a Gold

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Medal. Yes, very, very frustrating and we just somehow tipped it over

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and got the Gold this year. Has anything changed in the garden to

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make you do that? I think because we have been so close and one gets so

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emotionally invested in the medal. This year, I thought I had given it

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my all last year and I just stepped back and was more relaxed about the

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thing and I think it shows probably. Yes, there is always a tension in

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creating a garden with control versus looseness and sometimes when

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you are too worried about getting a Gold, it can be tight and this

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garden is so playful, it is just incredible, thank you so much. You

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are welcome. The stunning plants that fill this

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vast Pavilion originate from all over the world,

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many of which we have taken Carol Klein has been searching

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the Great Pavilion to discover the plants whose roots stretch back

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across the Atlantic to the Americas. Everybody knows a fuchsia, it even

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non-gardeners recognise them. Amongst our most popular plans. But

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far from being British, their ancestors come from central and

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South America. They were not discovered until the late 17th

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century and it was 100 years after that they were first brought into

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cultivation. Many of us grow hardy fuchsias. But these need a bit more

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tender care and the best way to look after them is to keep them under

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cover and give them a winter holiday during January and February. Almost

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withdraw water and in March, against water gently. Increase the water so

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that by high summer, it you are watering them every day and give

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them feed, something like tomato water laser, two or three times a

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week. -- tomato fertiliser. They originated in the continent of

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America but fuchsias have now become one of our favourite flowers.

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It is wild lupins from North America who are the forebears of the border

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lupins that have become so familiar in our gardens. Very first records

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of them being in cultivation in this country data back to 1658 at the

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Oxford botanic Gardens. At our border lupins have not always looks

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like they do today and that is down to the efforts of one man, George

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Russell, from York. He got fed up of them being wishy-washy and weak and

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he decided to start a breeding programme to try and make them much

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better. His improved strain have become known as the Russell lupins.

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This took place during the 1930s and when he felt his lupins had reached

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the peak of perfection, you brought them to the Chelsea Flower Show. By

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then, he had reached the tender age of 79.

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Dahlias are from Mexico, they are wild there and they have been

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cultivated for thousands of years. The Aztec emperor Montezuma had them

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in his garden at the time of the Spanish invasion. There are also

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growing as a food crop there and their tubers lifted and stores to

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provide start should throughout the winter. Dahliastubers are enormously

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popular and every year, new varieties are introduced. This year,

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there is this one. It is lovely, isn't it? It is called Carol Klein.

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Who is she? A splash of the Americas has spilled

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out of the Great Pavilion and into the gardens this year,

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with Manoj Malde's Fresh Garden, And today is the perfect day to view

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your garden, dahlias. -- macro one. It is, when I started, I said if the

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Sun is shining in its full glory, it will be perfect. It is and what a

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date to be standing here today just admiring it. When you start the

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process, what we influenced by? Was it a Mexican design or somewhere you

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had been on holiday? I was actually influenced by the modernist Mexican

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architect Luis Barragan. I saw his work and was immediately attracted

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to the colour. I have Indian ancestry, born in Kenya, surrounded

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by beautiful women in gorgeous saris and subconsciously, it was the

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colour I was attracted to. That is a very dramatic backdrop. He was your

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influence. When you are designing a garden, what you have in mind? You

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have the blues guide that shows off the colours so well. How difficult

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is it to recreate that planting or did you take elements of it? Part of

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the planting scheme is was to show Luis Barragan's life, he struggled

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to become a recognised architect. I also wanted to introduce plants that

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people can take home and grow themselves as well. There is a

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number of plants in this garden that people can take home and actually

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using their own gardens. In your gardening always strikes me because

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I have an enormous one of these in my garden, mine is huge, what is

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this incredible tree behind us? That tree is commonly known as a

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strawberry tree. It is gorgeous because when the first layer of skin

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heels off, either get this lovely Orange streak on the branches. It is

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absolutely gorgeous and it will survive in this country. The

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architectural structures, especially behind you, in the cacti, it really

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works. Definitely, and this is a hierarchy, it you have got the trees

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and the specimen plants and this soft planting that weaves through

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the lovely structure. And it works perfectly well. The bursts of

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colour. And we know you as a famous garden designer, but that was not

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your chosen career originally? No, was in the fashion industry it for

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18 years and after 18 years in that career, I decided I wanted to have a

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change of career. It easily transferable skills. Do you design

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in the same way? I still designing the same way, I start off with mood

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boards colour pile -- and colour palettes. It is like creating a

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beautiful print and a sumptuous piece of silk. It works and

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congratulations on your silver-gilt yesterday. The Sun is shining, it

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will be a fantastic week and we are loving your garden. Thank you.

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If you are an obsessive plant collector, Chelsea is paradise and

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my passion is Oriental lilies. And you are just dazzled by the weird

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and wonderful things. I love the names. Sweet sugar. Flash point. And

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you will see one which has a label but with no name. Like there is a

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code. Like this pink one, the nice tall one. Just hardly a glamorous

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name. That is because it is so new, it just has a plant breeders code

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and not even a name yet. Chelsea is a coming out party. And you realise

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how many there are. Just here, one, two, three, four, five, six new

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varieties that have never been seen before. It is just spectacular!

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Throughout the week... Throughout the week,

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we've been meeting each of the large Show Garden designers to discover

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a little more about Today, we're meeting a design duo,

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Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins. I'm Laurie Chetwood. I'm Patrick

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Collins. Our garden is the Chengdu Silk Road garden. Three words to

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describe me, relaxed and happy. I chose to work in garden design

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because it combined my interests of botany and design, my dad was an

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architect and I had a fascinating with plants and plant life. My

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earliest memory of gardening was going round my grandmother 's

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garden, she bent down, a bamboo stick went inside her mouth, her

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false teeth came out and traumatised my sister and me for some time after

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that. My top tip for garden design is when you actually start doing it,

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relax and keep everything quite fluid, think of all possibilities

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and then slowly clarify it after a while. Shrubs are going to be the

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new herbaceous and if you come to this garden you'll lots of them.

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Lovely to see you here gentlemen, I remember in 2009 when I did my first

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show garden I was directly opposite the site and you were here, it's

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like a reunion. I know, great to see you. We've met to do this site

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again. Most people have no idea how to give this particular site out of

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all of them is to build. Did you find that? Definitely, nowhere to

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hide, everyone can see all round it. Some of the other gardens are one

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shot, that's it. This is all the way round. The sheer scale of it, the

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size of the site, it's the biggest plot at the show. The volume of

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plants we had to use to finish the garden, it's huge.

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No anything. At the moment there are people wandering around with pins

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and it's very relaxed. When this is being built to have a constant

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conflict articulated lorries going around three sides of the site,

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there is no gangway to store anything, you are planting while

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storing plants in the garden, like painting with your paintbrush on top

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of canvas, how did you do it? We did it but it was a challenge. The dust

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and the fumes, everything like that is all up against you. But I think

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we've pulled it off and we're proud of our achievement, I think. I think

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you were planting by head lamp at the end. Right up against it at the

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end, we had all the cars lined up with their headlights shining into

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the garden so we could finish planting the front. We had a few

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hours to spare. I've been there. It looks incredible. I understand you

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were quite a last-minute addition to the show, quite late getting to the

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show, so you've managed to pull it off in a really short period of

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time. Yeah, one city was going to sponsor the site, they decided not

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to. We got the go-ahead end of February, beginning of March, we

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have ordered plans, we had to design it, get it fabricated. Probably what

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happened was we ended up having very little time to plant. It's always

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the sharp end. We had to buy food propagating everything off site we

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would have more time to plant. -- by prefabricated everything. It made it

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quite difficult. We have the problem, obviously, with the Chinese

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client, the language barrier. All the instructions have to go back to

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China, they come back, we have to wait for them to be translated, that

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was an ordeal. Translating Chinese dingo and you can't even directly

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translate, there are lots of terms in design that there is no English

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word for, no Chinese word for. You've done spectacularly for all

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the challenges you've had. Congratulations. One of the things I

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love most is "Shrubs are the new herbaceous". Yes, that's mine. It's

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worked brilliantly. Synthesiser for garden. There are loads of Chinese

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shrubs that we take for granted these days but they are very

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important in these types of gardens. Each year, Chelsea is visited

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by a stream of famous faces, all looking for inspiration

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for their gardens. One regular to the show

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is Carol Vorderman. Nearly every year, Carol. I

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absolutely love Chelsea. How many years have you been coming? In a

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macro obviously I'm still only 27. How much is jealousy influenced your

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garden? A lot over the years, in fact the last garden I built, when I

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say I built, this is a few acres, from scratch, with the diggers and

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everything... Did you design it? Yes, but I got my inspiration from

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an Australian garden which was literally down this corridor here

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and left. I remember exactly where it was on the showground. It has a

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lot of water in it. It was about 12 years ago, this garden, it even had

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water coming through a glass table, so I thought... I love the sound of

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running water, so I wanted water. And it had, because we've got this

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kind of furniture now, this amazing new furniture, like a plasticised

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rattan. I thought, I've got to have that. Of course we all buy that

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stuff. You love your trees as well as your water, what do you think of

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this garden? I much prefer trees to flowers. Do you? We have a real

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theme of times, are you a pine person? You clicked on the one tree

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I'm not necessarily a fan of. My favourite of all, I've planted

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probably 200 different trees over the years, a lot of them mature

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trees, they come in at 20 feet high, I adore trees... Beach is totally my

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favourite, number one. 200 trees. You involved with the build as well?

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Yeah, I just love it. Sort of designing the garden, I just like to

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sit... Sit in positions for a year first, so you know where the sun is.

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My garden is a complete soundtrack, it's got a temperature almost 10

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degrees higher than the rest... That interesting. In Bristol? I was at

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the Malvern show, they had a Beerens, a metal cage. They filled

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those with stone. -- gabians. I didn't want Greystone because in the

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wet it looks miserable, so I got this white, these white crystallised

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pebbles which shine in the rain. Sounds gorgeous. We often have rain

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in Bristol. Do you go out and photograph trees? All the time.

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We're a very green city as well, so we have avenues of these

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magnificent, mature trees. I just love it all the time, taking

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photographs. I walk... I'll happily walk ten miles a day, I just love

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it. And not necessarily a country girl, I like walking in the city.

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You're going to do a lot of walking today. This passion you have for

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trees, you are in the perfect place. We'll let you go out there, have a

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good look and see how you get on. Carroll, thank you very much. Thank

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you. The exhibitors in the Great Pavilion

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use an arsenal of tools to ensure their plants reach peak

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perfection for Chelsea - from refrigerators to hold

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them back, to grow lamps But some of the exhibitors

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are a little more fortunate, as they grow plants for which right

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now is their natural time to shine. Camassias are one of those

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plants, and we visited North Yorkshire to meet

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the national collection holder. I first saw Camassia in a garden in

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South Devon. Probably about 17 years ago now. And we actually went to

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view the property to buy it, but I was more interested in what I saw at

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the edge of this woodland. There were these bright blue starlike

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flowers that just captivated me. It just touched me and since then I've

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been hooked. And I suppose looking back now that's when my passion,

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some say obsession, with Camassia really started. What I really really

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love about Camassia is not just that deep blue, stunning deep blue

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colour, but I love the foliage, when the foliage first starts to appear

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in spring, the sap isn't only rising in them, it arises in me, too, I get

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so excited every year. It's just a visual feast for the eyes, they are

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absolutely incredible, they take my breath away. Camassia are very easy

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to grow. They're happy in virtually any environment. So from deep shade

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too. Am. You can grow them pretty much anywhere. Nothing touches them,

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slugs and snails don't eat them. They're incredibly easy to propagate

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so even if you're a beginner, you could easily learn to bulk up your

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own collection of Camassia. The weather doesn't bother them. So

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whether it's snow, a hailstorm, they are virtually bombproof. Camassia

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could possibly be the perfect plant. I've realised it's not just about me

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and my love of them, I want to share that with a much wider audience. My

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first opportunity to do that was when I met crispier chalk and he

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asked me to grow 4000 individual pots of Camassia for his garden at

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RHS Chelsea. It was an enormous undertaking. After seven months of

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virtually not sleeping, rotating these beauties around, trying to get

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the best out of them, I did it. A huge lorry appeared, got them loaded

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up, and off they went. Crispier chalk won a gold medal with my

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Camassia as one of the main future plans in that garden. -- Chris

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Beardshaw. You have a silvergilt medal.

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Normally first-time exhibitors... They might start with bronze or

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silver, but to come in, and almost get right to the very top of the

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game. We met at a small regional flower show. You were even a

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national collection holder, talk about meteoric rise. It really has

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been, I guess, I'm just thrilled to be here, it feels surreal. Chelsea

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is the perfect opportunity to get Camassia on a world stage. You

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converted me onto Camassia, I always thought they were like a Bluebell,

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they come out at a similar time, they are easy to grow, but I never

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thought about them being slugged proof, you were the first to mention

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it. They are in my garden, everything else gets attacked except

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them. They are amazing in that respect, slugs and snails do not

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touch them. I'm still amazed lots of people don't know this, it's a

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fascinating fact but it's true, they just look beautiful all the time.

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One of the things I think is fascinating is the level of detail

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you can do in your space. I noticed this sign, you're based in

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Yorkshire, what is the Shropshire connection. The Shropshire and

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Yorkshire connection is all about me inheriting the previous Lakes

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National collection holder of Camassia collection and merging it

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with mine. Margaret Owen lived in Yorkshire, and I'm based in

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Yorkshire, so the story is about preserving that, following her

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death, moving it Yorkshire. -- Margaret Owen lived in a Shropshire.

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So it is therefore future generations to enjoy. It is so

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important to do that, national collections do that all the time.

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Thank you so much for your efforts. Walking into the Great Pavilion,

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your stand catches the eye, these begonias are incredible, can I say

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congratulations on gold yesterday? Thank you so much, we're absolutely

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thrilled. Tell me, how easy are they to grow and maintain? Really easy,

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they are amazingly tolerant, people grow them outside in a sheltered

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spot, you can grow them in a greenhouse or conservatory, so

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there's all sorts of aspects you can grow them in. Those beautiful heads

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are show stoppers, aren't they? I'm a show pony and love flowers like

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this. They are an acquired taste, some people love them, some aren't

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so sure. Really? What do you think? Take home, if I had a garden room I

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could look after them there. How do I get blooms like this? That is the

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male flower, either side of the male are the two females with seed pods.

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No way! If you nip those of you get a much bigger male flower, that is

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why you get these. The male one is the one that dominates and is the

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most beautiful. Absolutely. Something to take home and something

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to cherish, they really are stunning, Miles, thank you very

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much. Chelsea is a hotbed of information

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and inspiration for us gardeners. This week, Rachel de Thame has been

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out amongst the Show Gardens, searching for planting combinations,

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no matter what your Whether you have part of your garden

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where the soil stays reliable moist all year round, perhaps by a pond or

:29:28.:29:32.

a streamside, or whether you're thinking of creating a bog garden in

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order to grow plants who like those conditions, there are some absolute

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beauties. This area here has my absolute favourites. Starting here,

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that architectural shape from the broadleaf at the base, it sends up

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long stems with blooms and creamy flowers at the top. That shape and

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colour very much a code here. Rather more delicate with this. Slight

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greenish tinge to the flowers, a little bit lower growing. Around my

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feet I've got some of my favourites, primulas. This one, the foliage all

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at the base of the plant. Long stem. And these beautiful, pale, lemony

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flowers at the top. And tucked in front, this time quite a different

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looking flower. Two tone, so you've got brick red at the top and worlds

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of soft mauve below. That one, actually, is quite an acidic soil.

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You've got to make sure you've got those conditions to make sure it's

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happy. And I love the way this fresh colour is picked up in this, members

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of the buttercup family also like those damp conditions. I love the

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way these plans have been put together here, very informally, so

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it looks as though they have naturally just found their places

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and put themselves really where they want to be. And they're all pretty

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low maintenance plants, nothing here requires a lot in terms of

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after-care. What is more important is the nature they are in the right

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place to begin with. All of them liked to have their feet reliably

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wet. That means if you put them in a sunny spot, it really does need to

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be super moist. In the shade they can take it drier. It just shows if

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you've got an area of garden you think, this is very dumb, what am I

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going to do with it? Right pad, right place should be your mantra.

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The ground may be soggy bennies, but your plants will be sensational.

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Growing your own veg has been popular for generations,

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but a new trend in growing your own has been hitting gardens

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across the country - growing your own cut flowers.

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Sarah Raven has designed her Colour Cutting Feel Good Garden

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here at Chelsea to both celebrate and inspire growers

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What strikes me and excites me, it is not very large, it is just full

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of flowers. These patches are 2.5 metres across and if you grope the

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right things which are cut and come again plants, you do not need much

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space, it is you can even have a window box and you will have enough.

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You say cut and they come again, how? I thought if you cut certain

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flowers, you might not see another blame for the rest of the season. If

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you grow the annuals and biannual is, even yet auxiliary buds forming

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and that is next week's flower. So keep cutting and it is basically

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like live heading and not dead heading. You could have flowers from

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May to November? You really can. What are secrets once you have cut

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these flowers, and there is that sense of pride, how do they look

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beautiful in the vase? Three or four things, eBay in the early morning or

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the evening and you cut into water and not into your hand or a basket

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because they get dehydrated quickly. You go inside the house and you boil

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a kettle and use strict believes below the watermark like those and

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this is boiling water. You plunge the stem end into the boiling water.

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This is a soft-serve amp so just ten seconds, and then into cool water to

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stop it warming -- this is a soft stem. It is proportional to the

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heights so it is common sense. And the important thing, you pick, you

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condition, you rest overnight and you arrange. So ten seconds for

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this? That is able lovely black PNE Poppy, Black beauty. And 40 seconds

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for a more wooded variety? Gorgeous. You are the expert, I have

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questions. To Reza Marshall loves to cut buddleia flowers but they always

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troop, how can she look after them and keep them looking gorgeous for

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longer? They would eat so for 30 seconds and then into cool water

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overnight. Katie, how to make cut flowers as strong and not get eaten

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by slugs with the rain we have had throughout the UK? I chuck them over

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the wall! Their comeback, there is no point doing that. Pots things, a

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deep layer of grit, a good mode about six inches wide and one inch

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deep and I use biological control, and then aside you water onto the

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plants and it really keeps down the slugs. And you can get other

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products as well. Is there anything I should add to the water in my

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vase? Anything that decreases bacterial reproduction like bleach

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or vinegar is perfect. It helps the plants and keeps the vase clean,

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what a garden, thank you so much! Thank you.

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Every day this week, we're featuring each of the large

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Show Garden designers to explore their personal

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Next up, we have a designer who's brought the essence

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I am Tracy Foster and my garden is the Welcome to Yorkshire garden.

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Describe myself in three words, I would say artistic and adventurous

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and is determined. I wanted to be a garden designer because I have

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always loved plants from childhood and after many years working in IT,

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I got an opportunity to retrain. So it is perfect. My first memories of

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gardening quitting my first home when I was three or four and I had a

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little bit of the garden to look after and it was the wildlife and

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loved the most. My top tip for a garden design is to think big and

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not be shy. Have bowled structures and planting. If that involves

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raising things up and making structures that are high, go for it,

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it makes your garden feel bigger and much more interesting.

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But one thing I think is fascinating about garden design, people come at

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it from all angles. Have you always wanted to be a garden designer? No,

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I did not always another, it is not always know there were such things

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as garden designers when I were younger and there were probably not

:36:52.:36:54.

that many. I always wanted to be something to do with plants and

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gardens and I studied plant biology at university. The two botanists!

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Exactly, I am interested in this series plant, it is -- side of

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things. I love the hard disc -- landscaping is elements, the rocks,

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the quarries, everything. You do have to become a master of

:37:19.:37:23.

everything. It is not just about plants, you have to understand how

:37:24.:37:26.

they grow, the colour and the texture and if you are budding a

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structure, the deep foundations, there is so much more to it than

:37:33.:37:37.

meets the eye. What is your biggest challenge creating a garden like

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this that nobody sees when they walk past? Probably getting it to look

:37:41.:37:45.

natural. Just try and arrange the elements in a way that looks as if

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they had been casually thrown together by nature. It can be quite

:37:50.:37:54.

tricky. How do you create a naturalistic landscape in 20 days?

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And what is fascinating, every time I walk past, there is a little

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ornithology. You had some docs, you had blackbirds, it did you expect

:38:05.:38:08.

that to happen? Wildlife seems to love it. They see it as a natural

:38:09.:38:16.

environment. But we did cheat, our stonemason Richard was keen to have

:38:17.:38:21.

crows and other birds on top of his stolen by late so he went up one

:38:22.:38:26.

morning with a huge bucket of muesli and water and smeared it across the

:38:27.:38:30.

top. It is totally cheating! Yes, but it is working. This comes from

:38:31.:38:36.

Yorkshire, at what happens when it finishes? It is going in different

:38:37.:38:39.

directions, we are trying to waste not think and use as much of it as

:38:40.:38:45.

possible. The pebbles will all go back to where they came from at

:38:46.:38:48.

Flamborough because they are unique and we did not want to disturb that

:38:49.:38:54.

balance. And plants and trees have been found new homes. So hopefully

:38:55.:38:57.

everything finds a home after the show. Eat a full, congratulations. I

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am loving it your trees and it is wonderful to see. -- wonderful.

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Earlier in the programme, we met Carol Vorderman,

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who was eager to discover the perfect Chelsea

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It's time to catch up with Carol to see how she got on.

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What I love about Chelsea is that you see lots of unusual trees and

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also that you see traditional treason in unusual situations. I

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recognise this as a whole fun. We would normally see these in

:39:34.:39:37.

hedgerows but they have containerised it. This is also

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unusual, this is a court oak grown in the Mediterranean, massive

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trunks, they peeled apart and they take a plug out and that is

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traditional. So I recognise belief kind of like a maple, I am not an

:39:59.:40:04.

expert. You are on the right track, it is they've the old maple, native

:40:05.:40:11.

to the UK. What colour does this go? Maple is bright red. This is a

:40:12.:40:17.

lovely yellow colour in the autumn which is beautiful. Just gorgeous.

:40:18.:40:28.

These, I have never seen before. I am told this is hornbeam, like a

:40:29.:40:36.

hedge, but the trunk has been raised. They keep cutting it into a

:40:37.:40:43.

cube shaped, fantastic! A gain, what you could do with what we

:40:44.:40:46.

traditionally think of as a hedge. I am searching for the bonsai. You

:40:47.:40:51.

probably cannot see them very easily! Looked! Look at these! This

:40:52.:41:06.

is a hawthorn, day of origin 1931. That is extraordinary. But that

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is... Is old! Nicki as me if I wanted more pine in my life, I do

:41:21.:41:25.

not. At Chelsea, I have seen different ways of shaping trees, of

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Bryn Genk forest trees into tiny gardens is to shape them and grow

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them in different ways -- bringing forest trees. If you live in an

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apartment, there is no excuse not to happen a tree in your life.

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We're almost out of time, but before we go, we've

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What plants benefit from the Chelsea Chop? The Chelsea Chop is a basic

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pruning technique where you hack some of the growth back and what

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that does is encourage stocky and healthier growth and the plants

:42:06.:42:10.

flower a bit later so it instead of having eight border with lots of

:42:11.:42:13.

floppy foliage with no flowers at the end of the summer, it encourages

:42:14.:42:18.

better garden performance. It is called the Chelsea Chop because it

:42:19.:42:22.

is done at this time of year. Very quickly, when is the correct time to

:42:23.:42:27.

prune roses and have you any tips? When the leaves have fallen off at

:42:28.:42:30.

the end of autumn, I hack back revenue growth by half. There are

:42:31.:42:36.

loads of Victorian pruning techniques with specific angles and

:42:37.:42:40.

bugs but recent scientific trials demonstrate you get better leaves

:42:41.:42:44.

and flowers by cutting the new growth back by half. Very good

:42:45.:42:47.

advice and well done against the aeroplane which was very loud

:42:48.:42:51.

indeed! We always like hearing from you. But tomorrow, we will have a

:42:52.:42:57.

foxglove frenzy and if you have questions, do get in touch.

:42:58.:42:59.

It's been a glorious day here at the show

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today, but don't forget, there is still plenty to come

:43:02.:43:04.

on our BBC2 programme this evening at 8 o'clock.

:43:05.:43:07.

Monty and Joe will be launching the BBC RHS

:43:08.:43:09.

People's Choice Award for 2017, where you get to have your say

:43:10.:43:12.

on which of the large Show Gardens you think should have come

:43:13.:43:15.

And if you have any questions for Monty and Joe this evening,

:43:16.:43:21.

Nicki and I will see you back here tomorrow at 3:45.

:43:22.:43:28.

It's cold. Tastes a bit like avocado.

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And soon we're all going to be eating them.

:44:16.:44:19.

Nicki Chapman and James Wong look at the highlights from the show. Celebrity florist Simon Lycett teaches James Wong how to get more life out of the perfect bouquet, and Carol Klein continues her global tour of the Great Pavilion.


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