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Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

This was my first ever Chelsea Flower Show and I had pretty lofty expectations before I even stepped through the turnstiles. I was lucky enough to arrive just as Andy Sturgeon was receiving the award for Best in Show and you can even spot me in the audience of the BBC’s coverage (autographs are now available on request).

All of the gardens were undeniably spectacular and although it was amazing to see them in person –having dribbled over the designs for months – I was always expecting them to be brilliant. What I wasn’t expecting was the incredible displays put on by the trade stands.

It was dobbies garden centres which scooped up the award for Best Tradestand and its living wall illuminated by three filament bulbs hanging from a moss roof was certainly a sight to behold. Alitex’s display also caught my eye and its beautifully decorated greenhouses and conservatories left me envious – they were a Pinterest lover’s dream. I wanted to take a dive into Quist’s delicate water sculptor display and Plankbridge Ltd had me wanting to move to a field and live in one of their cabins.

There was so much to take in that I’m positive I missed half the show, so I’m very much looking forward to visiting again next year!  

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