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Chelsea Flower Show 2005
By: melanie 
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This year the Chelsea flower show was changing,there was to be an extra day open on the saturday.We choose to visit on tuesday a RHS day.I had already got the catalogue and seen bits on the TV so had my to see list ready. Paul took charge of my camera so we took lots of photos. Hope this will give you some idea of what it is all about. The medals were announced so I had time to pencil them into the programme.We travel to London by train, and Slone square was the nearest tube stop. Buses dropped people off at the gates and ricksaws were available too.
We entered by the Bull ring into Southern road, our first stop was the great pavilion. When you step into the pavilion you are hit by the colours and smells, wow I wanted to look at it all at once! It was so hard to choose where to start. It was quite easy to get round and not to busy. I was drawn to the tropical displays. Each display had a roped off area behind which there were people to answer your questions and provide seeds or catalogues to order from. We took photos of as many as we could. It was lovely to see all the seasons at once, daffodils and tulips again. It brightened up out side so we left to see the show gardens.
The prize for best in show went to the Pensioners Garden. It was well deserved, and very popular. The Pensioners could enjoy a beer from the thatched pub and a chat with the visitors. The shows gardens were quite busy but we were able to collect infomation about the design and planting. I liked the Peace garden by sir Terrance Conran which won a bronze medal. There were people standing in some of the gardens who were happy to chat too, although a bit annoying for the photos. The Cancer Research Garden was another one I liked in main Avenue, a riot of colour.
Rock garden bank. I was keen to see the garden sponsered by Lush having spend ages in their covent garden shop on the way to the show. This was the only part of the show where we had to queue. fast track or slow system was in operation. The faster tract was moving so we joined it! We went up some steps and saw 6 show gardens well worth it. The Wildlife Trust garden was great it won a silver medal, but we were told to keep moving which was a shame! The 4head garden won a bronze it looked good too. Coming back down the steps we came to the Roald Dahl chocolate garden we realised why the slow queue may have been better! It would be nicer to get a bit closer.
The trade stands were our next place to visit mainly along Eastern Avenue. I was after a pair of gloves which I found. We missed out the floristry marquee and went to find some drinks! You could eat at various places or sit on the grass with an icecream. A cup of Tetleys and we were ready to see some more. A large park area was dotted with stands the sound of a brass band was becoming louder. The courtyard gardens were hidden this way. The Cumbrian Fellside garden designed by Kim Wilde was lovely, it got a gold.

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