British Gardening forum: Chelsea Flower Show 2009!

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:36 PM CST

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I have been to the worlds most Famous Flower show quite a lot, to say the least!
Whilst in the last year of my Apprenticeship, six of us were picked from college to design and build a show garden for Chelsea.
To our utter amazement we won a Silver Medal!
I had finished my Apprenticeship and the parks department sacked everyone, taking on contractors as they were cheaper.
This was a move they deeply regret now. for they sacked people who had been in charge of the same Victorian parks for forty years. Who knew every square inch and every plant in it.
Right down to the nursery staff that grew all the plants as well. Then they bulldozed the nurseries for housing!
So I armed with my qualifications got a job for a famous London landscape nursery and garden center, my first job was to build a Chelsea garden for a designer, paid for by a top Newspaper!
In the end she stormed out in a rather drunken stupor. So we had to rebuild it, as her design was terrible. It took two days and nights of incredibly hard work, but we did it.
She won a Silver Gilt Medal for it, and did not even thank us!
So I decided to do my own next year, which I did, and at my first ever attempt on my own got a Gold Medal!
So here are some pictures from last year, I do hope you will not mind the intrusion of my wife in some of these as she gets a bit carried away with Delphiniums and Champagne!
Regards.
Neil.
p.s this was done with my old camera, I got a posh new one for Christmas, so I might be better now!


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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:42 PM CST

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The Kentucky Lady slippers orchid!
One for Sharon!

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:45 PM CST

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Foxgloves at Chelsea!


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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:47 PM CST

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Heuchera anyone!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:53 PM CST

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It took millions of plants to do this, and went all the way round, this is just one small bit of it!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:57 PM CST

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Sarah was supposed to be writing down where these stands came from around the world, whilst I took the photos.
It did not work like that, as she was a bit taken aback by it all!

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 6:59 PM CST

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Some Carnivorous plants you may recognize!
The Sarracenias are mostly North American!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:01 PM CST

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Rare tree ferns and normal ferns!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:04 PM CST

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Tells you what it is on this one!

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Feb 3, 2010 7:06 PM CST

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Streptocarpus specially bred for Chelsea!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:11 PM CST

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one of the hunderds of flower arranging sites!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:13 PM CST

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Notcutts Tranquil tea garden!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:16 PM CST

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Aqulegia for everyone!
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:18 PM CST

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Photo of them!
Sorry my fault!
Trying to do two things at once with one arm!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:21 PM CST

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One of the hundreds of ornaments!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:23 PM CST

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The scented garden!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:26 PM CST

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One of the Thousands of Bonsai trees there! This is a British native Acer campestre the field maple!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:27 PM CST

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Or more oriental!

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NEILMUIR1
Feb 3, 2010 7:30 PM CST

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Orchid stands were everywhere!
If you are an orchid fan see ORHIDS! Click here

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Name: Neil
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Feb 3, 2010 7:32 PM CST

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Sarah at one of her beloved Acer stands!

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