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Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Ian Berrido

Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Yes, it's Chelsea Flower Show time again when British horticulture puts on its floral best and struts its stuff.

This year's show sees local companies well represented among Chelsea's finest.

Leading champagne house Laurent-Perrier, whose UK base is in Marlow, is perhaps the most prominent with its Show Garden (main avenue 18) entitled 'Nature and Human Invention'.

This garden, designed by Luciano Giubbilie, was awarded a gold at this year’s show.

In the newly-created Artisan Gardens section, Bucks-based designer Kati Chrome also gained a gold award this year.

Kati has linked up with Maggie Hughes to create 'A Postcard From Wales', which features the atmosphere of  the countryside around Dylan Thomas' Laugharne (pictured).

In the Floristry section of the Great Pavilion, Lucy Goodwin of Berkshire College of Agriculture participated in the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year competition.

In addition to the local interest, this year's Chelsea has a lot to offer the enthusiastic gardener.

Among the Show Gardens, 'A Monaco Garden' (main avenue 16), with its exotic Mediterranean planting and enticing plunge pool, is worth a visit, along with a trip 'down under' via the Australian Garden (main avenue 17), creating a journey across this great continent with its textures and colours, and its own boomerang-shaped pool.

But among the Show Gardens, Dairmuid Gavin's Irish Sky Garden (rock garden bank 10) with its 'pod' suspended from a crane, has to be seen to be believed.

Make sure you don't miss the 'Land's End Across the Pond Garden' inspired by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the Urban Gardens Section, and while you're there take a look at 'The Magistrates Garden' and the 'Doncaster Deaf Trust Garden', both very innovative.

In Ranelagh Gardens, among the Artisan Gardens, the Basildon Bond Centenary Garden, celebrating 100 years of that much-loved writing paper, is very inventive and a lot of fun.

And you should make sure you have 'A Literary Garden' and the Korean garden, 'Hae-woo-so', on your list, they're both well worth investigation – not least because the latter is built around a Korean traditional outside toilet!

Chelsea Flower Show runs until May 28. www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

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