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  • Captains Log Star Date 2010...

    Posted by Tony Smith on 26 Jul 2010 at 09:32 PM

    Well, who would have thought it, a gold medal from the RHS for a crater made entirely of lettuces and an alien from who knows where and made of who knows what. It was great fun telling everyone, including the judges, that as our garden was all about perspective, and as humans simply don't possess a sense of perspective, the whole exercise was completely pointless!!

    Despite this, we still got a gold medal and this in itself leads me to question whether the judges... oh no, I don't want to go there!!

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  • Finished - that's both the garden and me!

    Posted by Tony Smith on 18 Jul 2010 at 09:23 PM

    Having planted 12,000 lettuces over 3 days I have had enough. Knees, legs and back are all complaining. However, standing back and admiring our luminous green crater with its otherworldly inhabitant, I think it's been worth it. If nothing else, it's got to be the brightest exhibit at the show!

    Now all we can do is to wait for the verdict of the judges and the reaction of the public. It should be fun if it ever stops raining.
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  • It's Gardening Jim, But Not As We Know It

    Posted by Tony Smith on 13 Jul 2010 at 04:27 PM

    We arrived, or should I say landed, at Tatton yesterday morning at 8am Earth time! When I say we, that's me and Rob with his digger. Having marked out the site we spent the day creating the most realistic impact crater I have seen in ages!

    Now I am back in Sussex preparing my garden for a film shoot that will hopefully form part of a new Alan Titchmarsh series to be broadcast on BBC2 in the autumn

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  • Tatton Park Day 2

    Posted by Pip Probert on 12 Jul 2010 at 09:58 PM

    The start of the build always feels like you can't really do much, or that you are not really going as fast as you would like - but in fact you are getting all the really important and necessary things done.  The things that you won't even see, but they have to be there.

    We have been building our walls, which are quite complicated as we have Ivy panels being set into them.  I have been to Congleton today to collect the ivy and the walls have been built around the panels

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  • Tatton Park 2010 - Day 1

    Posted by Pip Probert on 11 Jul 2010 at 07:08 PM

    Today was the first time we actually stood on our plot.  Looking around the site, there is already lots of activity and I got the feeling it is going to be a fantastic show.  There are lots of familiar faces looking very fresh and raring to go.  We have scraped the surface layer off our plot and marked out ready for tomorrow.  Today has mostly been putting the finishing touches together on certain parts of the scheme ready for loading the vehicles for tomorrow.  I have just finished putting the wood into the van and packed the pick up with tools ready for a very early start tomorrow.  I am constantly keeping an eye on the plants and Cathrine (my supplier) is doing her normal, fantastic job of sending me photos of all the plants so I really can keep tabs on everything whilst at the show.

    Well I think an early night is in order ready for the week ahead!

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  • A View From The Other Side

    Posted by Tony Smith on 10 Jul 2010 at 09:32 PM

    I visited Hampton Court Show on Tuesday as a visitor rather than an exhibitor for the first time in 5 years. I have to say it felt strange not to be exhibiting, but at the same time enjoyable not to have the pressure and stress that comes with creating a show garden.

    The conceptual gardens were a revelation; by far the most impressive element of the show this year. The quality of both the finishing and the thinking behind the gardens was great to see. Well done to all the conceptual designers for putting on such a quality show. Truly inspiring!
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  • Delivering one of the Girlguiding UK Containers to Hampton Court, did it survive the journey?!

    Posted by Lydia Powell on 09 Jul 2010 at 09:09 PM

    The 32nd All Saints Kettering Rainbows delivered their flower display to Hampton Court - it survived the rough ride very well in the van!

    All the Rainbows were really delighted to be having a day off school to go and visit the flower show

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  • 6th Teddington Guides' Sunflower Success

    Posted by Lydia Powell on 09 Jul 2010 at 09:04 PM

    Anna from 6th Teddington Guides' sunflower growing story:

    Volunteers were needed to grow sunflowers which might be good enough to go to the Hampton Court Flower Show.  Mum said we could volunteer as we plant lots of seeds anyway.
     
    We took the seeds away with us during the Easter Holidays and planted them in the little pots.  We put them on the window sill to sunbathe and gave them lots to drink.  After the school holidays we brought them home and put them in Mum's mini greenhouse.  Only two of the six seeds germinated.  I kept them in the mini greenhouse to protect them from frosts and slugs!
     
    When they had grown quite abit Mum gave me some bigger pots.  It was tricky changing them into the bigger pots trying not to spoil them. We put them outside and watered them every day. Mum's friend came to water them when we went away at half term!
     
    It looks like they will have lots of flowers on them.  They aren't really tall like the ones we usually grow.  Mum explained that's because they are dwarf sunflowers. I really hope they will be in the Show

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  • Visitors love the Girlguiding UK garden at Hampton Show!

    Posted by Philippa Pearson on 09 Jul 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Opening week at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and visitors are loving the garden! It's great to hear the positive response and see the garden come alive with people walking through it. Guiding volunteers are on hand to give more information to visitors and to answer questions - and we've had quite a range asked

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  • We're Nearly There!

    Posted by Pip Probert on 04 Jul 2010 at 08:00 PM

    Part of me is envious of the Show Gardens starting to build this weekend, as I am normally there, first in the queue to get in!  Yet the other part is quite happy that we have another week to just finalise any last minute details and get prepared to take the garden to Tatton.

    This week has been confirmation time - all orders have been checked and product details confirmed.  I have had lots of meetings with various people, where we have pieced together parts of the garden to ensure that everything is going to plan

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