Neither George or I could make it to the Chelsea Flower Show this year so we asked our client Nicola, who despite having recently broken her foot and being confined to a wheelchair, braved the crowds to give us her very own report. As a lady who knows what she likes, this is what she said.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Chelsea (Trevor not so much as he had to wheel me around in my wheelchair all day, so he was rather exhausted)! To be quite honest I had hoped to see more inspirational gardens. Perhaps we’ve just been a bit spoilt with what you’ve done as there were a considerable amount of plants and flowers that we could tick off, as you’d already put them in our garden! So, no garden envy for me”.

“It was also rather funny at one point as, because of difficulties of navigating my wheelchair through the crowds to enable me to see properly, some arbitrary lady took it upon herself to yell (literally yell) ‘make way, make way, there’s a lady in a wheelchair!’ Trevor and I could have disappeared into the ground with embarrassment as EVERYONE turned to stare and smile sympathetically, but it did part the masses like the Red Sea!!”

“There were some lovely and interesting displays. I was impressed that the ‘carnivorous plants’ stand had won 20 consecutive gold medals and the South African biodiversity stand with all the beautiful proteas (I love these as much as agapanthus!) was a favourite. The York stand was another I really liked. Overall, I was most impressed with the BBC Feel Good Garden of Sound. Really original. Disappointing for me (personal preference) was the Crocus winner – as it looked like Armageddon with weeds (and I like wild flowers)!”

“Here is a selection of pics of some of what I liked best”.

Thanks Nicola – Monty Don, watch out!

To see the garden we created for Nicola and Trevor, click here




The Silk Road garden by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins


Tracy Foster’s dreamy ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ show garden looks like it’s been plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. And possibly the biggest bear we’ve seen for a long time!