Episode 8 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Episode 8

Monty Don, Joe Swift and Carol Klein reveal the winner of the highest accolade, the Diamond Jubilee Award. Joe interviews Kelly Brook and Monty meets Sarah Raven and Tricia Guild.

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Hello and welcome back to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, an event


Over the last 24 hours, we've witnessed much excitement


across the show ground, as the culmination of years


of planning and hard work came to fruition,


with the announcement of the Large Show Garden medals.


Well, tonight, that excitement is set to continue, as we focus


on the lifeblood of Chelsea, the plants that make the show


With over 60,000 perfect specimens and 500 exhibitors making up


the gardens and displays this year, we still have plenty more to


discover and explore at the greatest Flower Show on Earth.


We've got the medal results for the Great Pavilion.


And Carol Klein will be talking with first time gold


The ultimate plantsman and all-round horticultural hero


Roy Lancaster joins us, as we celebrate his lifelong


And I'll be meeting fashion icon Kelly Brook, as she reveals how


away from the cameras, her garden at home has


Yesterday, the Chelsea judges awarded medals to the main


Well, now is your chance to have your say, as we launch


this year's BBC RHS People's Choice award.


We will have more details on how to do that later on in the show.


The Great Pavilion is the heart of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show


and, this year, we have a bumper crop of over 100 exhibitors inside.


It's a pretty big tent, covering a massive three acres,


so Carol had her work cut out for her, as she donned her


medals were revealed. the reactions as the Pavilion


It is not all about the gardens. In the Great Pavilion, all the


exhibitors have arrived this morning biting their nails. They have had a


sleepless night waiting to see what the judges have given them. It is


fantastic! Yes, I got my credit three! That is


the star of the show! Have you told her? I told her this morning, very


happy. We are overjoyed! Gold! Three now. There we go. It is a gold. Well


done! Well done! Thank you, thank you very much! What have you got? We


have got a Silver! We have got a Silver! We are over the moon. Oh! I


am so excited, I am so happy. Have you got a Gold? So happy, beyond


happy! What a morning! A hell of a morning.


You did not do too badly. Not too shabby! I think it was a Gold, the


first Chelsea Gold. So you have been before? Yes, it is our third year,


the first year was over, not bad. Second years silver-gilt and this


year, Gold. The pinnacle. We all strive for it. That is the best


display I have ever seen! Thank you very much. Tell me, if it has been


Silver, silver-gilt, Gold, what has the standard got the others did not?


People are drawn to it and they walk past and they smile. A riot of


colour, the fun of the fire. The colours of a funfair and that is


what we wanted to echo. I love that idea of the helter-skelter and these


flowers Tomlin down. It was about that wave coming down. Tell us about


the plants, the colours are really great. Yes, and rich, so you get the


best of both worlds. And because they will flower now, they will


flower all the way until October and November so you get a lot for your


money. As far as keeping them, how many plants could we leave out in


our garden? In the national collection, we have about 30 which


we would class as Hardy for anywhere in the country and we have 80 which


are half hardy. And a couple you need to bring inside with a cup of


cocoa and a blanket over the winter so they range greatly within the


family. Which of these are really hardy. Or anything related to... A


lantern form, by coloured in nature. Anything larger with a very leave,


we need to have protection for them. Your display is one of the most


imaginative I have ever seen at Chelsea! Your plants are perfect and


your Gold medal is richly deserved, well done. Thank you so much.


Congratulations to Leila Jackson, from Wall End Nursery.


With 61 gold medals being awarded, there is a golden glow


But there's still one very important award yet to be revealed -


The Diamond Jubilee Award, given to the very best


This year, it went to Penberth Plants.


This is big, how does it feel? Over the moon, a lot of tears yesterday


and every time we talked about it, I went, I am going to cry again. But I


am not allowed to! Did you have any inkling? None whatsoever. You always


like to have a chance of winning a gold medal. You have to have a 12


point Gold Medal and you cannot drop points and you get put up on your


panel with you on the mantle is so we were the best of that. So this is


perfection in itself? Yes, I like to think we are the best in the world


now. It is tricky because you have a huge range of plants, the succulents


and you have gotten the restios and you have tree fern. Why have you got


such a diverse range? We represent the garden we work from and we grow


all of these there and we specialise in South African plants. Why? We


have similar conditions in Cornwall, at Lands End. Granite bedrock is


acidic, free draining. We have got the air quality and the reflection


from the sea so we can really go for it with South African style. And


plenty of rainfall, it is quite wet with draining. The exhibit is


stunning and you have got three different areas and the visitors


walk through and get up close to the plants, how does that work between


you? We do a mock-up before the show and this year we only did the main


section. Because it was too windy to even do it. It was too windy so you


could only really do it and play it by ear? We had to wing it, really. I


did not want to say that. And because we know the plants and we


propagate everything and we grow it, we know. -- what they will do and


how they react together. It is not easy, we just know what we're doing


with those plants. You certainly do, congratulations, it is absolutely


stunning, nice to meet both. Thank you.


This pavilion houses the best in horticulture


from across the globe, from South Africa to Barbados.


Earlier this year, Frances Tophill visited the tropical island to meet


the Barbados Horticultural Society, as they prepared


At just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, Barbados is a tiny island.


With the roaring Atlantic to the east and the serene


Caribbean Sea to the west, this tropical climate


is the perfect place for growing beautiful exotic plants.


Every year, a team of passionate growers from the Barbados


Horticultural Society travel thousands of miles to bring


a flavour of this beautiful island to the Chelsea Flower Show.


I'm here in Barbados to meet them, as they prepare


So here in Barbados, you have to source all of the plant material.


Anybody in Barbados that has a particular plant that we want,


go and ask and you get, because we're going to Chelsea.


The theme for this year's display is inspired by the different styles


So we're trying to depict three different types


A chattel house is probably an evolution from a slave hut.


When the slaves were freed, they could build a house


These houses can be taken down and moved to another spot.


The important thing is that the style of the planting


in the garden will be different in each one, which gives a lot


What an interesting sounding project!


And it seems like they have everything more


And now I'm off to meet a local grower who makes a really


important contribution to the Barbados Horticultural


Society's Chelsea display every year.


Professional grower Trevor Hunt grows a centrepiece for the display


And this year, he's hoping to wow the judges with a real eye-catcher


that's never been seen at Chelsea before.


And this is one that's never been because it gets so darn big.


And it's at right angles, so it's very difficult to pack.


But we're going to make a try this year and then


So you can kind of force them into flowering at the right time?


I hope you get what you're aiming for.


Whilst the Barbados Horticultural Society has been in existence


since 1927, they only made their debut at Chelsea in 1984.


I went along to meet Audrey Thomas, who helped organise their first-ever


All we had really was red ginger lilies, so we had to take


as many of them as we could actually get on the aeroplane.


And I imagine that's changed a lot now?


We take heliconias and anthuriums and bromeliads.


You know, all of the tropical flowers and plants.


Audrey's passion for plants at Chelsea is a real family affair


and has rubbed off on her niece Sally, who is now in charge


We start picking approximately a week before Chelsea opens.


Things that will last well, like this Aloe Arborescens.


And then everything has to be packed.


The boxes are all shipped on Wednesday, they arrive in London


And then they come over to Chelsea and they unpack them all,


And then that's it, they get laid out and prepared for the show.


Yes, buckets and buckets and buckets.


How important is it to win a Gold Medal?


I remember one year when we won a silver-gilt, a fella saying to me,


I'm sure you'll do absolutely brilliantly.


Jennifer, you made it! How did it go? Very well, thank you. We got it


all designed and put together and everything fitted. What did you get?


We got a silver-gilt. We wanted the Gold Medal but these things happen


and Blade Babe dust has 18 gold medals in the last 30 years so we


cannot be greedy -- Barbados has. Why did you think you did not get


the Gold Medal? The judges said a little think and we missed it by it


two points. So tantalising! What reasons debate give? If you look at


the paintings, they have paintings who is and they did not like the


hinges. The naming of the plants they wanted Latin names rather than


some Latin and some, names. And the big anthuriums? They did not make


it. We had a drought in Barbados, we had rain a week before we left. That


did not help. But maybe next year we will bring it. I notice there is a


beautiful one. De Niro, a new one. And in terms of the other plants,


many favourites? The judges and me like this behind you. This is the


first time we have brought it and they thought it was stunning. That


is a good point. We do have a lot of volunteers at


home that packs, things came quite well. It's just that the weather


here, or flowers do not like anything less than 30 degrees. We've


all been saying how lovely the weather has been this year.


Congratulations, I think it looks absolutely lovely. People say we


should have got a gold but I'm not going to argue with the judges, I'm


happy with what we've got. Chelsea attracts notable


figures in horticulture from around the world,


but very few are as highly regarded A complete hero of mine. Thank you


for coming. I know this is a very special Chelsea for you because the


RHS has given you a lifetime achievement award and you've won


just about everything else. So congratulations on that. Thank you.


Was it on the new expected? I did not I was totally in shock and had


not prepared anything. But yeah, I'm still trying to get my head around


it. Of course I feel honoured and I'm so grateful to all those


involved in making that decision. You genuinely have spent a lifetime


in horticulture, particularly as a Parkman, how did you begin? I


started at Bolton Parks Department. I was given the chance of working


with two foreman in that park, Moss bank Park in Bolton, who were


genuine plant men. They grabbed me and taught me about plants, told me


the Latin names, and they taught me about where plants come from, how


they came to be in our gardens. When I left school I knew little about


the three Rs but I learned the three Clippy, plants, people and places. A


much better education. Talking about places, you are famous for your


travels. You've been all over the world looking for plants. How did


that start? Because that is a far cry from Bolton Parks Department.


You're right. That's where I started. Like charity, planned


knowledge begins at home. The true value, I feel, of knowledge, it


adheres to plants, comes in the sharing of it. That is how it


starts, people share their knowledge with me, I've been able to pass that


on. To travel the world from my home, my doorstep, my home garden,


and see the gardens of China, Chile... And it still continues.


You're clutching a notebook. I know you've kept notebooks about all your


travels and what you do. Is that from the very beginning or is it


selective? This is the latest in... I must have maybe 200 notebooks


dating back to the 1950s. I can never keep a diary. I never get on


with diaries. But notebooks, in here you can see there are plants,


people, places. Lots of stories about all three. That's what my life


is about. Plans, people and places. You've written a book, did you have


to trawl back through the notebooks? Right at the beginning. It contains


what I feel are some of my best stories and most interesting people,


and plants. A garden makes many friends, as you're well aware of,


all over the world, who are kind and sharing and generous, it's the best


profession you could ever be in. In your professional life you were the


curator of Hillier 's arboretum. We haven't even touched upon that, a


considerable job. All I would say is, there are hundreds of thousands,


probably millions, of Ross, who are eternally grateful for the


inspiration you've given us, the advice, and it has been such a


pleasure working and knowing you. Thank you. Thank you, Monty.


Always a huge inspiration and a thoroughly top bloke.


Yesterday, we revealed the medals awarded to the Large Show Gardens


Tonight, we're launching the 2017 BBC RHS People's


Choice Award, giving you the opportunity to vote


for your favourite Large Show Garden.


Simply go to our website, bbc.co.uk/chelsea, and you will see


all of the eight gardens up for the award and the information


Voting opens at the end of tonight's show, at 9 o'clock.


To help you decide, Rachel de Thame and Toby Buckland will be guiding


you through each of the eight gardens.


Breaking ground, designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam, aims to


show how Wellington College are breaking down barriers to education.


That comes through in the messages from students etched onto the copper


wall, and these large architectural structures, transparent walls that


appear to disintegrate towards the ends. The main landscaping material


is sandstone and it is repeated throughout the garden for


continuity. In the walling at the back and the large Hugh Dennis labs.


It is also used to make these chunky pieces of furniture. The planting


towards the back of the garden represents the heathland that


surrounds Wellington College. There are some silver birch saplings.


Towards the front of the garden, still very much green is the main


colour, but highlights of purple from the delphinium, Salvia...


Tracy Foster's garden is a snapshot of the Yorkshire coastline in full


bloom of summertime. Wild flowers everywhere from foxgloves in the


hedgerows and under trees to white and pink Campion with bloom like


flowers on the banks. Of course, thrift, basking in the Sundown the


beach. It's a garden with authenticity, because every pebble,


every stone, even the rocks in the abbey behind me, have been brought


here by truck from Yorkshire. The water here isn't just a babbling


brook, it's the sea being sucked from the sand as the tide,


represented by the pool at the front of the garden, goes out. There are


even boys bobbing in the water out in the bay.


takes inspiration from green spaces for patients recovering from cancer.


It's an enclosed garden with a hornbeam hedge running round it. The


only way to view is either through the slatted garden gate or up on the


walkway. The core of the garden is a granite cuboid which has been broken


apart. All the other elements are made from the same material. From


the chippings at ground level, the furniture, and the water feature.


It's all softened by planting. So we've got that colour of the bar


salt picked out. -- of the basalt. We've got the bright purples of the


irises, pinks of the geraniums. One of the first things I look for


when I enter any garden is it's feeling or mood.


It's such an important element to a garden,


Each evening this week, multi-gold-winning Chelsea designer


Adam Frost has been exploring the gardens at this year's show


to reveal the innovative design tricks and ideas that can be


You might have me feel full of energy. And that can be manipulated,


you can use that to create the right mood in your garden. Each evening


this week our multi-gold winning Chelsea designer Adam Frost has been


exploring the gardens on show to reveal how design tricks and ideas


can be utilised in your own gardens to get the effect you want. Tonight


Adam is looking at how designers have gone about creating the right


atmosphere. When I'm designing a garden, I


really want them to have atmosphere. What I do to help that process is


use a word. I think of romantic, maybe bold, may be calm, may be hot.


By doing that it really helps me to sort of focus on what I'm trying to


get out of that space I'm designing. To me, this is party. I feel I've


off a plane and arrived in Mexico. I think that's one of the things about


gardens and atmospheres, you can really think about maybe some you


love, somewhere you want to be. And bring that home with you in a


suitcase. I love the way, actually, there is some colour on these walls.


Sometimes we are fearful of colour. Playing with a bit of colour, maybe


only in one space, and really, really bring it alive.


Do you know, for me what is an incredible element in any garden.


You really think about it you can change the mood so much and so


easily. You can have a calm reflective space, then you can add


some drama. You can have water roaring, drown out the outside


sound. Really think about how you want to use it. Is it the sound, is


it a reflective surface? What are you really trying to do when you


create that space? I absolutely love that, just makes


me smile. It might drive other people crackers, just that sounds...


CREAKING.. Reminds me of being a kid with a garden gate, it demonstrates


how much sound can create atmosphere in the garden. It actually sounds


more like my knees. I think that's a fantastic idea,


just a great way of creating a little bit of sort of tension and


mystery. You could do that at home just to divide a space, even a wide


gap, something to pull you through. I think it's a lovely way of adding


to that atmosphere. This is a fantastic little space I found


tucked away. I think it's a really thing to do in a garden, create


somewhere slightly hidden away. With plans, it's got a really mellow


palette to it, we've got firms... They told everything down. It makes


you realise planting really can affect the mood. If you choose one


of those words, whether it's romance, drama, and you use it to


drive your design, you can really end up with that place you really


want to spend some time with. Pick a word, what do you think? How about a


disaster? Your garden isn't that bad! We still have a lot to come


this evening from the Chelsea flower show supported by M Investments.


We immerse ourselves in colour and scent,


as we meet garden designer Sarah Raven in the Radio 2


We look behind the garden gate, as fashion icon Kelly Brook invites


us into her stunning English Country garden and reveals her


And if you have any questions for myself or Joe, send them


We'll be answering them at the end of the programme.


As well as being beautiful to look at, some of the gardens


here at Chelsea also have a story to tell.


When garden designers Jonathan Smith and Adam Woolcott joined forces


to create an Artisan garden for the World Horse Welfare charity,


that story took the form of a little horse named Clippy.


What we're really, really hoping for with this garden is that people


come and see the garden and they will


They will become passionate about the


I'm Adam Woolcott, I've done gardening all my


My grandmother was mad on gardening, my mum was mad on


We both love plants, and we love what we do, but we have


different approaches and I think that complements each other.


We actually said at the last show that we wouldn't


actually do another RHS show, because it is a lot of work, it is


very stressful, but you know what, we just couldn't resist.


When we first got the call from World Horse


Welfare, we went up to their main rescue centre.


It's quite humbling to see the horses there.


In different stages of rehabilitation.


There was a particular horse called Clippy


that really gave us the


inspiration to create the garden at Chelsea flower show.


Clippy was a horse that was found in the most


Actually standing up all the time because the space was so small.


Really, really terribly abandoned horse.


But Clippy was rescued, Clippy was looked after,


And now you just wouldn't believe the difference.


I mean, this horse now is having a wonderful life out


in the paddocks, out in the wild herbs, the wild flowers.


And this is the kind of garden that we are


So what we've done is, we've created a wild


flower garden that has almost like two areas.


There is one area of the garden that is a neglected, dreadful


stable area, planted with plants that are quite harmful to horses.


This year actually growing a lot of our plants, as we normally do,


Here we've got hemlock, which kind of speaks for itself.


It really is incredibly toxic to sort


This is ragwort, one of the most poisonous plants


to horses that most people have heard of.


Part of it is a bit of education, so we can show people,


these are the sorts of plants that are very


harmful for horses, so if


you've got them in your paddocks, get rid of them.


And then we wanted to open up the garden so that the


horse was then led into a more welcoming space.


That side of the garden represents hope.


Dandelions is one plant that's really, really


Some people say it's actually good for their


Look at that fantastic flower, you know, yellow, wonderful


We thought it was important this year to include a sculpture in the


garden, a horse sculpture, because we wanted to show


that the invisible horse that was in the stable has now


We discovered a chap called Tom, and this chap is


absolutely incredibly talented, and can create all sorts of animal


sculptures literally out of nothing but horseshoes, and we thought,


It's good, though, going off to see this sculpture.


I actually, I was kind of thinking we're not


It's going to get a lot of attention at Chelsea, this one,


It is something completely different.


Knockout, just what we were looking for.


Some of the supporters of the charity have donated their


Are there any well-known ones on the sculpture yet?


That's Milford Haven, one of the Queen's


This is actually from one of the Queen's horses.


There's plenty more as well to go on.


All in all, we're just hoping that our passion for this


There is that pressure, added pressure, that it is the best that


we can do, because we don't want to let anybody down,


and we certainly don't want to let the horses down.


The fabulous garden. It looks great. There are a lot of wild flowers and


weeds, at Chelsea, you serious? Yes, we are, wild flowers can be really


stunning and there eyes an irony as well because a lot of weeds you


think will be difficult to get rid of like underlines and docks and


when you try to get rid of them, they possessed and they will not


disappear and when you give them some love and get them to show


standard, they show off. Not as easy to grow as you would imagine. I


thought they would be the easiest in the world. No, they show off. The


horse looks good, it has rusted and it blends in. Yes, the horse has


only just been finished. We really chuffed and it has taken that night


rescue Bale and eventually it will get a dark rusty colour. How many


horseshoes? Between 300 and 400 and some have been donated by the Rhyl


family, Princess Anne and the Queen and the champion Olympic horses. So


it eyes really nice and we are really chuffed with it. It does look


great. But Clippy was down here on Monday. What did he think of this


garden? Clippy over liked it! He started launching around! And we did


say, can we bring the Clippy onto the garden? We said, no, that cannot


happen! Was torture because he has come a long way from Somerset and he


saw these lovely plants and he could not eat one of them. There are some


that horses should not eat? Brag what eyes the classic and we have


deadly nightshade. We have box globe. It eyes ironic because things


like horseradish with horse in the name and horse-chestnut, they are


bad for horses. It eyes great here and it looks stunning and you got a


Gold Medal, I am not surprised, it eyes the most fantastic garden I


have ever visited. Congratulations, great to see you.


Earlier this evening, we launched this year's BBC RHS


People's Choice award, giving you the opportunity to vote


for your favourite design in the Large Show Garden category.


You can vote at the end of the show, but to help you decide,


we're reminding you of each garden across tonight's programme.


Here are Rachel and Toby with the next three.


Walk on the wild side, that sums up the work of Charlotte Harris


perfectly because her garden eyes a representation of the boreal forests


of Northern Canada. This eyes a large wilderness, ravaged by fire in


summer and covered in snow in winter. The fires release nutrients


and caused lush growth and the flames reference in that the work,


the scorched on the bridge and the furniture of the Pavilion. And the


furniture of the Pavilion. Are strewn through the Borders giving


the garden a rugged feel. This eyes more than a forest garden, the patio


eyes big enough to use for a table. This eyes softened around the edges


by wild planting of water, the bees working the blames here. 500 Years


of Covent Garden by Lee Bestall eyes inspired by that famous part of


London and Lee has used the same materials you would find there, the


car. -- the cobbles and the paving stones and the brick wall. These


arches are how the structure looks at Covent Garden. You have got a


hornbeam hedge surrounding it and even each corner, you pick up on the


history of the market with these old Apple trees. And there is also


cornice at the back. The pale colours filtered through the garden.


Whether it is on the foxgloves, and there are also the yew creating


mounds throughout the border. But on the front of the garden, clouds of


grass punctuated by the warm pink of roses and lupins. Based on a Maltese


quarry, James Basson's design is like a labyrinth in the land that


Time forgot. Thanks to changes of level that dominate the scene. It is


a garden that has surprises around every corner from a table for


alfresco dining to this cool pool. There is the wiry yellow spires,


fluffy tops of bunny tail grass. And I have not seen the plant at Chelsea


before, it is called squirting cucumber and it has Kiwi sized fruit


that propel themselves across your garden 30 feet. With this regiment


of stones which are of cuts from the quarry matched with the planting, it


is not a garden that is a match between two people. One likes to


keep things neat and tidy and the other does not.


I'm in the 'BBC Radio 2 Feel Good, Colour Cutting Garden',


one of five gardens here at this year's Chelsea designed to celebrate


And this garden is a real feast for the eyes.


And it is a celebration. The colour is exploding out. But not in a


chaotic way, in the most extraordinary and controlled and


triumphant march of every colour so it is wonderful. Really beautiful. I


love it. Everybody else is loving it and it is a good job you do as well.


Everybody is saying not just looks nice, it is a garden they feel they


could have at home. Could you? It really is and one thing I have


noticed today is the Eucalyptus wood planted and days ago was literally


at the height of the Silver birch frame and all those who are bees and


sunflowers have crowded it well so things are really growing. They


planted on the ground or are they in pots? A lot in pots. It is an


artifice and carefully constructed. But could people do this at home and


is it possible or did you take the idea and a couple of colour


combinations or could you create something as rich as this that is


sustainable? You could, they are annuals, a lot of them are self


seeding and there is a structure of evergreen with eucalyptus and Roses


and perennials and there are bedding areas we change every year so you


can bed out. I have beds like this at home and they will give you a


succession because if you cut them, it is like deadheading, but alive.


You have colour outside and you replenish it by bringing it inside


and that is the difference to most perennials like it PNE. It is the


reverse. But you cannot really do much in the shade, you are limited.


You definitely are limited and there are some things like the Angelica,


we have a shady zone over here. But you are more restricted because


annuals make their food from the sunshine and it is like putting them


on a starvation diet, in the shade. A lot of annuals. One thing is


annuals and some of the most popular ones have flower heads that are


convoluted and very busy and not so good for pollinators. Is it possible


to balance having a lot of wildlife and in and this incredible amount?


Yes, it genuinely is and you need to look at the centre of the flower.


Because Moss is perfect and the poppies blow for the pollen and not


the nectar. And this beautiful single dahlia which is very


elaborate but if you watch, the bees are going and feasting on the centre


of the flower. So they are not contradictory. We are feasting on


the colour, it is lovely, it is a triumph and thank you for bringing


it to Chelsea. Well, it has been really good fun! But! -- good!


The Chelsea Flower Show attracts some of the world's most


International fashion icon and actress Kelly Brook


is a regular visitor to the show and when the cameras stop


rolling, there's only one place she wants to be -


This is the true version of meat and it is not what you see it on the


television. This is the real me really, I guess. You kind of putting


yourself out there and that is why I have kept my passion for gardening


and to one side because that is funny and I never wanted it to be


judged. When I got older, I realised it is important to share those


things because that really who you are. It is basically like a 10-year


labour of love. The gardens were completely overgrown and it was in


disrepair and falling down so for me it was about stripping it back to


its bare bones and getting the landscape right and now I am


starting a two but the plants backend that I love. -- I am


starting to put the plants back in it that I love. My grandfather was a


gardener and he had an amazing vegetable patch up and he was always


out in the garden, so maybe a bit of my passion comes from him. What I


love about Bond planting, I am getting stuck! Everything goes in so


easily! I have put Primula is over there and I hope that is not too


wet. It does not sit in the water, it wants to meet around the outside.


The thing with gardening for me is that I learn as I go along and the


things I do is from experience over the ten years of planting stuff and


it not working and seeing something self seeding and driving somewhere.


This is why you need to have experienced gardeners helping deep


because it can be an expensive hobby because if everything dies, you have


to start over, but that never happens, so you are all right! The


idea behind the garden was that I wanted to create rooms in the garden


and because I am from a theatrical background, I wanted it to have an


experienced. Every area to have a different atmosphere and a different


field. There is formal areas and then at wild areas as well because


that is me, that is who I am and that is what I love.


This is the lime walk. Sitting Reach Sissinghurst has a fabulous lime


walk. After ten years of growing it has reached its potential.


This, I have to say, is the reason that I bought the house, this is a


freshwater spring that comes up right outside my kitchen door. I


planted it with some iris, this daisy I put in last year has done


really well. It evolved a little bit over the years. This year we've been


really lucky and everything has come up really beautifully. So this is


the natural stream that kind of follows an from the freshwater


spring. As you can see it's quite established and starting to come up


now. I've just come back from France where I went to Mono's garden. I was


so overwhelmed and jealous of the colour that was in that garden. I


put in some water lilies and we have a gun that I planted.


I love the ease. They are nice around a pond because they give a


bitter fight. They are really, really pretty for a spring land


around a pond. So, this is my laburnum arch. This was kind of do


we keep it, do we get rid of it? Because it is such a lot of


maintenance. I went to stay at Barnsley house and saw Rosemary


Berry's laburnum arch with the alleys and I came back inspired and


said, we're keeping it. And we'll make the best of it because when it


comes out, in flower, it is yellow. -- we saw the aliums. As one thing


is finishing another thing is flourishing, which I think is really


important in a garden. It's beautiful. At the moment I've only


got one vegetable patch but the idea is if it works what I would do is


build four and have a crop rotation. One salad, one vegetable, maybe one


for cut flowers, maybe a herbal one, I don't know. I need to get some


ideas when I go to Chelsea and see what they recommend. You know how


you use to what your grandpa and your mum in the garden watering the


plants every night. You're like, what are they doing that for? Now


I'm doing that. It's bizarre to me. But it's just so relaxing and


therapeutic, watching something grow and nurturing something, I just


don't think there is anything more satisfying, really. I love it. You


really are our hands-on gardener, aren't you? You get stuck in, get


the wellies on, get in the pond. I thought I was until I came here


today and saw this, now I feel completely amateur, this is


incredible. This is like my dream vegetable patch can I just say? I'm


desperate to grow a vegetable patch for so long now. I realise now I


really do plant everything way too close together. What have you seen?


The Kayal. I have to say my Kayal does look like that at the moment.


Chelsea standard. So I was really happy when I saw that. It's probably


all I've got at Chelsea standard. -- Chelsea standard kale. You want to


grow some herbs, don't you? These flowering chives I love, I love


anything I can eat but also looks pretty. It's not my garden, but eat


away. Have a little chive breath, we both have to have one. Aren't they


nice? Full of flavour. You've had chives. Sprinkle a little salad. I


don't normally do flowers. Chive flowers are beautiful, really nice.


What is this? Nasturtium. 123, go. That's delicious. Little bit


peppery. That's really nice. Suite then the pepper comes through. That


strong. In a good way. They are so beautiful just dotted around a


salad. They look great. They flower all summer. I need to do that, then.


Plenty of sun, good drainage, they will grow away. I definitely need


some of those. Now have you got a Mulberry?


Handbag? Know, a mulberry bush! Or treat! I don't have a mulberry tree


but that is so cute. This won plant of the year. It is a black and white


mulberry crossed together and everyone's after one, frankly.


They've been breeding this for about 30 years. They come in these compact


varieties covered in fruit. This could be great in my vegetable


patch, wouldn't take up too much room. I love it. You know what, I do


like that, then it doesn't spread out too much. That's gorgeous,


that's beautiful, that's perfect. I think this is such a genius idea. I


saw a picture of it so I bought an old palate and a staple gun. The


herb palette was an absolute disaster, it looked awful. You are


trying out making something for nothing. I love the idea it was


something for nothing and it would have a big impact. I've heard you


are prolific on social media. Yeah, I love to tweet my aliums, people


seem to respond to it and love it. I hate to miss this opportunity. Shall


we do a selfie? Right, I'll put that on social media. You've got the


model pose, I just did a grin. We'll see how many likes you get. Had fun


at Chelsea? I'm in my element here, I'm going here completely inspired,


I'll be in the garden all weekend trying to recreate them in I've seen


here. That's one of the dangers. Lovely to meet you, Kelly. Thank


you. Now it's your chance to be


the judge, as we take a look at the last two of the eight


Large Show Gardens you can vote for in the BBC RHS


People's Choice award. The Morgan Stanley garden is


inspired by the geometry found within nature and, by extension, how


nature then inspires musicians. It's very much a garden of three parts.


In the centre, you've got this performance space, with oak and


limestone. And on this side it's a very informal feel, so you've got


trees. Underneath it, the planting of firms. Primulas and other shade


lovers. As you walk through into this part of the garden the


atmosphere becomes much more exuberant.


These clipped you shapes surrounded by the planting of perennials.


Inspiration from this design was taken from the Chinese city of


Chengdu in Szechuan. If you look up the origin of apparent online or in


a book, there is a good chance it comes from Szechuan. Their flora is


not only immense, it also mostly grows happily here in the UK. So


everything from peonies, irises, primulas, two rhododendrons...


They're all Chinese and they are all from Szechuan. Now in this garden


they are arranged in these almost smoky green contrails. I use that


word because all those these colourful triangles are supposed to


represent the mountain ranges of the region, they looked like the tail


fins of claims, cutting through cloud pruned plants.


That's all 8 of the large show gardens you can vote for.


Voting opens online at the end of the programme and closes


But it's not only the gardens out in the show ground


This year more exhibits in the Great Pavilion


are pushing the boundaries to create complete gardens.


Award winning designer Juliet Sargeant went to see them.


Traditionally, the Great Pavilion has been all about showing


individual plants to absolute perfection. But recently there has


been a bit of a move to show us what we can do in our own gardens by


displaying them in more of a garden setting, in absolutely fabulous


combinations. On the alias stand, Sarah Eberle has teamed up with


Caitlin McLaughlin to create a garden inside. When plants are shown


as single specimens it doesn't give you any idea how to plant them, what


to plant them with. And so I really wanted to bring that reality to the


marquee. You really have created this haven. It doesn't feel as if


there's anything else around this garden. I think part of that is


probably the trees you've used. Are there any people could use in a


small garden? The hornbeam we have at the front is a bigotry but for


smaller garden you can cut it, keep it under control. These are in


containers. And the peaches we have. Another way to create a tall hedge,


if you like. We call it a hedge on sticks. Caitlin, any favourite


combinations of plants you suggest people try at home? I'm a big fan of


totally tangerine, we've got it scattered through, got it in


sections, I think it's so cheerful looking, it makes me happy. There is


that wonderful pop of colour. Exactly. In all the years Rosie


Hardy has been exhibiting at Chelsea, she's always embraced the


idea of displaying her plants in the garden combinations. We're growing


things that grow in people's gardens and they want to see how they can


grow them in their gardens. There must be challenges because you are


having to create a design in three dimensions, people can see it from


all the different angles. Quite often I will use quite tall plants


right at the edge. Something like the grass has beautiful, long wavy


grass, but the actual greenery is quite low, so it does bend itself


being on an edge. That's really interesting, you are using what I


would call translucent plants. It is, it's that keeping of using maybe


something bold, then something translucent in front of it that


might be taller than the thing that is bowled behind. Anything new for


us this year? This year we were very lucky, we've got a new salvia called


Crystal blue, mixes well with a lot of grass planting or other perennial


planting, is a really fabulous new plant. Rosie is certainly at the top


of her game. Hashtag ask Monty and Joe, following on from yesterday's


results, Carol from Dorset asks, who are the judges and what are their


qualifications for judging? The judges are a team, they apply, they


don't get paid at any stage. They are trained for two years and in


that process they attend and watch and pass, then they do a year of


provincial shows. Ben Ando only then can they apply to come to Chelsea.


It could be more, could be five. There is a designer, landscape,


plantsman, and they are hugely respected in their field. Often


gold-medal winners. James Alexander Sinclair will join me on Friday and


we will talk and walk through a gold medal winning garden just explaining


how points were awarded. If you have any Chelsea related questions about


judging or otherwise and you would like Joe and I to answer, send them


to us through the hashtag. That's it I'm afraid we're out of time this


evening, but we'll be back here again tomorrow night at 8pm when the


nation's favourite culinary queen Mary Berry takes us on an exclusive


tour of her garden at home. If you can't wait until then James Wong and


Nicki Chapman will be back at 3:45pm tomorrow. Go online now and cast


your vote for one of the eight large show gardens of this year's BBC RHS


People's choice award. The details are on our website. That's it, see


you tomorrow. Goodbye. I have never slept with


a man that I just met.


It is day four of the BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Monty Don and Joe Swift are in the Great Pavilion with Carol Klein, celebrating the achievements of the exhibitors at 2017's show and revealing the winner of the highest accolade, the Diamond Jubilee Award.

Joe Swift interviews Kelly Brook and gets an exclusive look at her garden. Monty meets Sarah Raven and Tricia Guild.

On Wednesday evening, the online vote opens for viewers to decide which of this year's large show gardens should win the BBC RHS People's Choice Award.

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