So it’s early June, the weather has improved again thank goodness, and I’m sitting in my hotel room in Norfolk looking out over the most beautiful woodland. I’m on location for Escape to the Country and when the weather, county and houses all work in unison, it has to be one of the best jobs in television.
Spring into Summer is always a busy time for me in a good way, with the month of May being dominated by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. And what an event it was.
I always talk of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show being the highlight of my presenting calendar and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. 11 acres which have been transformed within just 3 weeks into horticultural excellence with a few glasses of bubbles and pimms consumed along the way. Glorious. For those who either haven’t visited the show, or missed the coverage on television, let me explain. Take the catwalk of the fashion world, and then replace it with 17 Show Gardens, 7 Fresh (contemporary/cutting edge) Garden Designs and 6 Artisan Gardens, a Great Pavilion packed full of floral displays from nurseries around the world as well as glorious floral art plus the Floral Design Studio. And that’s my office for the whole week. Lucky me.
This year my guests included Kate Adie, Meera Syal, Brendon Cole (still no invitation to appear on Strictly sadly), floral king Simon Lycett, Noah Huntley, Kelly Brook, Monica Galetti, Alex Polizzi and Sol Campbell. An eclectic mix all linked by their love of gardens and horticulture.
Just before the show, all the presenters were asked to arrange a floral container, or pot, which would be included on the RHS Feature Garden, designed by the super talented Anne-Marie Powell, as part of the Greening Grey Britain campaign. Imagine my delight when I spotted my floral container taking pride of place right at the front of her garden. ‘Oh Anne-Marie, I’m thrilled you love my pot enough to have it right at the front’ I trilled… ‘Yes’ she replied, ‘I needed something to stop people stepping into the water feature…’ I think that elusive gold medal is still some way off for me.
It’s a huge team effort with hours and indeed pages of coverage and by the Saturday, I’m always disappointed that the show is over for another year. Here are a few snaps taken behind the scenes with guests and presenters.
Until next May I’ll just have to make do with my own small garden escape ….
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