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Behind the scenes diary for The Victorian Aviary Garden at Chelsea Flower Show and The Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010

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The Victorian Aviary Garden in show week at Chelsea

Posted by Philippa Pearson on 28 May 2010 at 09:19 PM

  

One more day of the Chelsea Flower Show left and plants in The Victorian Aviary Garden are holding up well for the crowds. Extreme heat last weekend meant we had to put up some shade netting and gazebos over the two front borders otherwise paeonies, irises and tulips would have been scorched to cinders before judging.

We got a silver medal! Really chuffed at this, being Chelsea first timers. Despite following the brief and having barely any changes to this, the judges felt the garden was in two halves and the front lower terrace didn't match with the rest of the area where the aviary sits. 'You should have been bolder in your planting area,' said chief assessor Andrew Wilson. 'I don't like your wild, colourful planting,' said chief judge Michael Balston. There was even a hint we paid too much attention to our Victorian design details. Oh well, feedback is useful if only so you don't make the same mistakes again!

But the public love it, and that's what counts. 'At last, some colour at Chelsea,' they gleefully sigh as they cast their eyes over the eclectic mix of perennials in the front borders. 'You should have got a gold and Best in Show'. Next time, maybe.

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sue1002 said:

I saw this garden yesterday and when my son asked me what I thought of the peacock, I asked him where it was (from the way he was talking, I was expecting to see a real one, only to be told "It's right in front of you", I was too busy looking at the planting to notice the path doh!  Very well done, this was a very good garden.

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