Tag Archives: Chelsea

Placed, not plonked

Towering Eucalyptus trees are better than a SatNav in finding the way to Meon Orchard, home of Doug and Linda Smith and their three National Plant Collections of Antipodean rarities; Araliaceae and Podocarpus as well as the aforementioned giants. Sparsholt College is featuring … Continue reading

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On the level

We have steps. In the past the floor in the cloakroom at Chelsea has gently sloped down the the road, requiring chocks for the trolleys used to store the bags. This year the floor is level and we have steps … Continue reading

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The band played on

‘Singing in the rain’ was the number being played as I walked across the bandstand area on my way to get a cup of tea to warm me up. A month away from the longest day and it was bitterly … Continue reading

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Putting faces to names

Although my shift working in the cloakroom didn’t start until 1.30 it really was worth getting up at 5 and getting the first fast train to London so that I could be into Chelsea before 7.  I had a quick … Continue reading

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The Colour Purple

(With apologies to Alice Walker) “I like the colour of the carpet” said Joanna as we arrived to set up the Chelsea cloakroom. Taking the shelves out of the stack to make up the Danish trolleys, Joanna checks with Helen … Continue reading

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Species to cultivar

One summer, when gardens were for lounging in, I remember lying listening to a strange cracking noise which I eventually tracked down to the explosive seed capsules of some lupins.  Over the years I have carried on growning lupins but never been so … Continue reading

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“Best in show…..

…after the plants”  comment from visitor collecting a bag at the cloakroom. For the last 5 years, through all the vagaries of the British climate, Plant Heritage volunteers and staff have manned the Chelsea cloakroom.  This isn’t the loos as … Continue reading

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