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.