The Chelsea Flower Show 2010: Like being there-

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The Chelsea Flower Show 2010

By NEILMUIR1
May 31, 2010

Despite a few articles in the press before the show wondering what Chelsea will be like in the financial crisis, plus their normal doom & gloom; the horticulturalists and everybody else involved in the world's most famous flower show gave them all a quick lesson in how it can and should be done!

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Aguane
Jun 6, 2010 2:12 PM CST
Thanks so much, Neil. A walk around the garden show was exactly what I needed today. Just came in from gardening here in Phoenix Arizona in 105 degree heat. Just looking at your pictures cooled me off a little. Rolling my eyes.
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 6, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Dearest Susie, thank you for your comments. If you ever decide to come to Chelsea and all the other amazing gardens\shows we have just in London, it would be an honour to buy you a Gin and tonic with a slice & ice!
I am not a businessman, just a Gardener that loves plants! But someone who also believes in the correct English way of fine manners, good food and wine.
My most Kindest Regards.
Neil.
p.s. A Bottlebrush in my garden.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 2, 2011 8:30 AM CST
Another great article on the Chelsea Flower Show. I hope there will be one on this years show. : )
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NEILMUIR1
May 2, 2011 8:48 AM CST
Dear Lynn, I am afraid there will not be an Article for this year! Despite there being a recession and people asking the RHS to put the ticket prices down so people can afford to go, they have put the prices up! So in a discussion we all had we all have decided not to go in protest!
I won one Silver one Silver Gilt and a Gold medal at Chelsea so it is not as exciting as it used to be for me.
If I took my wife and friend to Chelsea for the day with the new prices and lunch, Dinner etc. it would cost about £500 or $834.708 for one day!
That is a lot of money at the moment!
Regards.
Neil.
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valleylynn
May 2, 2011 9:10 AM CST
Good heavens Neil. How could anyone afford to go?

Maybe you could do an article in place of the Show? Maybe showing us what plants you got the medals for? I would love to see them (the plants and the medals). What a wonderful thing to accomplish.
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NEILMUIR1
May 2, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Dear Lynn, Chelsea is the world most famous flower show and anything new is shown for the first time there! Very Expensive, and unfortunately most of the people who go in the Designer dresses and hats are not Gardeners at all. They go for the social events!
I may go to Hampton Court Flower Show which is after Chelsea, or stick to my roots and go to places like Leeds Castle etc.
There are a lot of Articles on my cubit from normal parks to Royal parks as that is where I worked amongst other places.
People like Castles and Palaces as they normally have wonderful gardens, and after being in charge of the National Maritime Museum, the Queens House, Royal Observatory and the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich gardens, I tend to love the gardens in such places.
Eltham Palace is close to me and has stunning gardens, there are two Articles on that and Dulwich Park.
War Disabled Pensioners of which I am one do not get much money, so to do and Article you have to aim for the slightly cheaper end. In London which is one of the greenest cities in the world, there are 1,471 parks alone, and they are all free! Even the Royal parks are totally free.
Hyde park of which there are two Articles on the front page of cubits is free, and indeed stunning. It has like many place amazing History as well.
This is what I like.
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 2, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Those are places I would like to spend time in. They are so beautiful and peaceful.

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