A sneak peek at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show


Diarmuid Gavin's garden Every year, without fail, the President of the Royal Horticultural Society announces at the annual Chelsea Flower Show luncheon that this year’s show is the best yet. This year, I think he could be right!

I was lucky enough to take a sneak preview on Saturday and, although there was still plenty of work to be done, I was staggered how good everything looked. Take a look at all my pictures

Constructing the B&Q garden The show gardens were spectacular. Normally, one or two stand out, but this year virtually all of them did! I was very taken with Diarmuid Gavin’s Irish Sky garden (above left), inspired by the islands in the sky in the film Avatar, and B&Q’s Grow your own garden (left), the tallest ever at Chelsea.

The beautiful clematis Abilene Inside the marquee, the plants were breathtaking and that’s especially impressive considering it has been such a warm spring with show plants having to be held back from flowering too early. I loved Claire Austin’s display of peonies, many of which have featured on QVC shows in the past and also Raymond Evison’s clematis stand featuring the launch of his stunning new pink easy-grow variety called Abilene (left). If you love it as much as I do, don’t miss Today’s Special Value on Wednesday!

That’s my sneak preview. I’m making another visit today and will report back with more news during our special gardening shows this Wednesday.

See my full gallery of pictures here

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