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Garden design becomes reality TV

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

May 26, 2014

Chelsea Flower Show organisers have announced a new competition – for an AMATEUR designer to design a main avenue show garden for 2015, as part of a new TV series.

The winner’s journey to Chelsea will be filmed by the BBC as ‘Designs on Chelsea’ or something like it, in a ‘reality TV’ style. What so called reality shows have to do with actual reality escapes me, so this will be interesting.

Sue Biggs, RHS Chelsea’s Director General says:

In this competition we’re hoping to demonstrate what fulfilling careers and amazing opportunities there are in horticulture. Finalists will face a series of horticultural challenges and need to demonstrate immense skill and passion to impress the judges and win the prize of a garden feature at the world’s most celebrated gardening event.

Maybe some of the challenges could be a month-long hose pipe ban, a plague of grasshoppers and a tree that falls across your garden in a storm. Or how about a truly Chelsea design challenge, to make a show garden without any plants that produce an upright flower spike?

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