Chelsea – what do you think?

May 10, 2013

in Editorial

There’s a prize in this – but time’s up now!!!

(I have sent the entries off to our impartial judge – I thought that knowing some of the entrants was not a good thing. Result will be declared on the 8th June! Watch this space….)

I get very bored with relentless Chelsea at this time of year – and this year it is 100 years old, so there will no doubt be more than usual.

So I’m looking to you all to help us out and write something original and interesting about Chelsea.  Possibly about your visit this year, as an old hand or perhaps a first timer. Or, maybe even better, your reflections on what Chelsea offers the garden world – or doesn’t. Feel free – as long as you are interesting.

And now – there’s the Chelsea Fringe. (No, not cringe.) What do you think of it? Is it good, exciting, better than Chelsea – or a brilliant complement?

So – I’m looking for pieces on Chelsea Show and on the Fringe. I have two prizes, besides publication on thinkingardens. So a prize for one on Chelsea and a prize for one on the Fringe.

There’s a copy of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a centenary celebration by Brent Elliot

Chelsea Flower Show book

And – a signed copy, of the centenary edition, of “Take Chelsea Home.”  – by virtue of the personal generosity and kindness of the writer, Chris Young.

Take Chelsea Home by Chris Young

Overall winner gets first choice! Pictures would be good, if relevant. 500 words. You don’t have to have been to Chelsea to have thoughts and ideas about it, either. Deadline 28th May.

I’m counting on you! Interesting.

Anne Wareham, editor

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Helen May 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

I dislike Chelsea more and more and I am already fed up of it with all the press releases that clutter my inbox. I have a beef about the number of showgardens compared with other horticulture. Not sure if I have the energy to write something but will ponder this further

annewareham May 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hope you will find the energy – we need a wider variety of responses to counter the mindless enthusiasm.

Helen May 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

Trouble is my thoughts aren’t very well formed – too much angst. Plus I have given away the Chelsea book so I cant quote from it about the original horticultural intent of the show

annewareham May 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Given the anniversary, I can’t believe you won’t soon find a press release soon with just that information in. Would be an interesting start for an analysis. I wonder how far the RHS itself carries out its original brief?

catharinehoward May 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Anne, Chelsea makes me tear my hair out so I will be joining in.

annewareham May 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Brilliant!!! Look forward to hearing more…. Xxx

Tim Lock May 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

How about this discussion?

annewareham May 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

Interesting! – already published, so can’t actually be an entry, but thank you.

william martin May 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

As you know the Fosters Lager Mob (ask Richardson and Kingsbury) are the only ones that batter at Chelsea..coming from a long colonial tradition of gold at any price they will mount a B.B.Q. (probably literally) unashamedly at the drop of a hat (corked or not) in whatever style it takes for goldgoldgold. The F.L.B. fought alongside you U.K. rotters to save your hide in many a Empire skirmish and are now firmly back on ‘the block’ for their cut of what’s left of the Empire fruit cake..hell’s bells even the former colonies have gone all native or is it naturalistic?

Bill May 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

A.. Ah! A challenge!

So I shall meet this challenge. Hey Ho off we go.

william martin May 10, 2013 at 3:40 am

Wot no gold medal?

annewareham May 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

Just – ‘best in show’..

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