The prize winning entries on Chelsea 2013

Telegraph Garden Chelsea 2013 copyright Charles Hawes

Best in Show, AW award, © Charles Hawes

Prize giving time, everyone

I will keep our esteemed judge anonymous so she doesn’t get kicked should you meet her, but she is not a member of this household and she was scrupulous in her assessment. She knows none of the entrants. There were no entries for the Chelsea Fringe, so both prizes were awarded for pieces on Chelsea – a first prize and a runner up.

Our judge pronounced as follows:

“The palm goes to Lucy Masters. In under 500 words she made a good point about show gardens and their impossibility, linked to fashion and impossible models.

Second choice I think on balance goes to Bill Rose.  He is let down by his grammar and sentence construction but some of his phrases are great – ‘the flimsy but fatal attraction’ – for example.  He gets the addiction sense very well.

I hesitated however over Alison Levey’s.  It is longer which is both a strength and a weakness.  She (why do I think it is she?) has a good conclusion about the spectacle in a safe zone, but takes too long to get there.”

So Lucy Masters gets first choice of book – RHS Chelsea Flower Show: a centenary celebration by Brent Elliott or Take Chelsea Home by Chris Young and Bill Rose gets the other one. Alison Levey just gets our congratulations and commiserations. All our entrants get my grateful thanks.



What Kind of Dream? by Lucy Masters

June 5, 2013
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This is the entry which won first prize in the 2013 Thinkingardens Competition for an article about Chelsea Flower Show in its centenary year. Congratulations, Lucy! Anne Wareham, editor Chelsea: What kind of dream? by Lucy Masters The Show Gardens are the centre piece of RHS Chelsea and hundreds crush and queue to see them. They […]

Too Many Things by Catharine Howard

June 5, 2013
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Catharine Howard asks what the RHS is up to and why in her piece for the thinkingardens Chelsea 2013 competition. Anne Wareham, editor Too Many Things by Catharine Howard. Chelsea, with its breathless television coverage, reminds me of those glossy magazines that show pictures of parties you should have been at.  But had you been […]



Garden Hero at Chelsea by Simon Webster

June 5, 2013
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Garden Hero’s entry for the thinkingardens Chelsea 2013 competition… Anne Wareham, editor Garden Hero’s reflections… I received a book last Christmas – 1001 gardens to see before you die – which in reality would mean that I would have to see one a week for the next 20 years, which is highly unlikely given the location of […]

The Love of the Familiar by Alison Levey

June 5, 2013
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A nearly – winner  in the Chelsea 2013 competition. Nearly! Anne Wareham, editor Chelsea – a little bit familiar? by Alison Levey When I tell people I am going to The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show I generally get one of two reactions: either “ooh, I’ve always wanted to go there, I am intending […]



Spraying Gold Medals like Confetti by Janey Auchincloss

June 5, 2013
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Janey Auchincloss contemplated the issue of sponsorship for the Chelsea 2013 thinkingardens competition. Anne Wareham, editor ‘They are spraying gold medals around like confetti, ‘ by Jane Auchincloss. Less than a year ago, such a comment would have aroused joy in the entire population of the United Kingdom. Our Olympians were triumphing over the rest of the […]

Chelsea is nothing to do with Garden Design by Rupert Butcher.

June 5, 2013
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Rupert Butcher takes issue with the relevance of Chelsea (and maybe even the RHS?) to garden design or gardening in his piece for the Chelsea 2013 thinkingardens competition. Anne Wareham, editor   Chelsea is nothing to do with gardening or garden design, by Rupert Butcher. Chelsea is a piece of fantasy, it can be a lovely […]



A Floral Fantasy by Bill Rose

June 5, 2013
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Bill Rose was the runner up in the thinkingardens Chelsea 2013 competition, winning a copy of Chris Young’s book. Well done, Bill. Anne Wareham, editor A Floral Fantasy by Bill Rose. Chelsea Flower show is without doubt a floral fantasy. Which I adore. I  cannot help myself, I am both in awe of the displays of flowers, […]