RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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  1. PetalsonthePavingSlabs

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    Is anyone going to Chelsea this week, or will you be watching it on the tele, or do you not bother with it? I'm currently working in the Falklands with limited internet and TV access, will be able to watch some of it but the four hour time difference doesn't help! Thankfully, my wife is recording it on Sky for when I get home!
     
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      I have been years ago, but just watch it on TV now.. Far too much of a crush for me now :SUNsmile:
       
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        I've never actually been myself, but don't think I would enjoy being rushed round in a crowd. Am quite happy with the tele coverage!
         
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          Tend not to bother watching it, I cant stand "stage managed" gardening they hold plants back, they bring others forward, totally misleading to the general public.

          Not a fan of the so called garden, arty farty, designers any way, most make me want to get up and walk away.

          I'd not mind looking around some of the nurseries that are exhibiting their plants, but the BBC barely spend much time on them, it's all about those set piece unreal fantasy gardens that would never work in real life.
           
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            I agree with some of that @pete ! Some of the designers are a bit too arty farty for me, and I caught a glimpse of a feature about one of the nurserys on the A to Z of Chelsea last week, its based in Lancashire near me so I'll be looking into visiting when I get back to England next month. Its the plants that should be the star of the show, not what James Wong thinks!
             
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              Never been, have to say I wouldn’t mind going just once to tick that box that I’ve been and to have a look around.

              I always try and get to the Gardeners world at the NEC in a few weeks time
               
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              • PetalsonthePavingSlabs

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                oops, I hadn't found that sorry when I started this one!
                 
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                  I can see what Pete is saying. Gardening has probably been mankinds greatest concern. If I may. Just try and visualize the Chelsea show, that only exhibited plants, trees/shrubs that are of interest during the month of May.
                  Pete I probably share similar thoughts to you but. The aim of the Chelsea show is to bring to the fore as many as possible features and achievements of developing plants sciences and skills etc. OK I often cringe at some garden designs. Imagine most of us, especially living in London. Your garden area amounts to say a plot 20 x 45 feet. No way can you afford to buy building blocks etc, 30 yr old trees in tubs etc etc.

                  The aim of the RHS according to the Lord Abagvenny whats his name, was to make available to everyone...................gardening.

                  I do feel soory for the humble gardener who note down all the plants that take his/her fancy. To buy plants at shows, is a no go for me. IMO most folk are buying a label. Bought at Chelsea.

                  I wonder how many come away with the idea. Yes I'll get one of those and one of them a nd I will have a wonderful border!!!!!!???????
                   
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                    Yep,
                    Chelsea is artificial. Got to be if we all want to see the best plants available all at the same time. As Mike said, if the plants that only bloomed in May were used there would be very little to see. So "artificial" is good ....technology has helped here too with cold storage, heat treatment etc.

                    However, I think the judges only allow plants that share the same environment, soil, conditions, etc. to be displayed in one garden so it gives an idea of what plants can be grown at different times of the year.:)

                    Our gardens are artificial anyway.....we grow plants from all over the world and create shady spots, wet spots, extra free draining spots, etc. to accommodate them and fully expect them to perform superbly :snorky:
                     
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