Chelsea 2013 competition



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, […]