The day begins as always with an early start, up at 4:30am, with the aim of arriving at the gates to Chelsea Flower Show by 8am to join the queue with other eager gardeners and show visitors. This year traffic was worse than usual so arrival was not until 8:30am but redeemed by an easy, queue free entry.
As our tradition dictates it’s the show gardens first, then breakfast, followed by the artisan and the fresh gardens. The afternoon is dedicated to the main show in the pavilion, all interspersed with ice cream, Pims or a decadent glass of bubbly.
It always staggers me how much raw talent exists, and as usual display standards were second to none anywhere you looked, from main avenue display gardens to educational displays by the children on the Miracle Grow programme.