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 […]
The prize winning entries on Chelsea 2013
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.