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Chelsea Flower Show 2017 preview



May 22, 2017

A Maltese quarry. Design James Basson

I was all set to write up a preview of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show gardens. And then I read Dan Cooper’s analysis on his Frustrated Gardener blog and realised that I couldn’t do it any better.

For those of you not yet familiar with Dan’s excellent ‘The Frustrated Gardener‘, it’s one of the best gardening blogs around. It’s intelligent, witty, and full of interesting information and observations, luscious photography and an astonishingly broad plant knowledge. And he is also a very good planting designer so there really is something for everyone.

Dan has two gardens – one in London and one in Kent on England’s east coast which means that his plants range from cold climate bulbs to many warm-temperate and even subtropical specimens.

But back to that Chelsea preview:

It’s a very down-sized Chelsea Flower Show for 2017, with only 8 big gardens compared to last year’s 17, perhaps because eyes and money are being diverted to the brand new Chatsworth Flower Show debuting next month. In his CFS preview, Dan has included the eight main show gardens plus the Artisan Gardens and some of those spare show spaces that appear to have been given to a few BBC Radio 2 presenters to play with.

Read Dan’s sneak peek and assessment here:  Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Preview



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