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With a Little Help From My Friends

Posted by Tony Smith on 16 Jun 2010 at 08:29 PM

I know it's asking for trouble to say that everything is under control, but in respect of my visionary garden at Tatton Park it seems to be true. We have dug a test crater at the nursery, 12,000 lettuce seeds have been sown by my collaborator, Derek Smith, at his nursery in Lymm, and the Alien is residing in my spare room having been created by my other collaborator, sculptor, John Humphreys.

From this you may, if paying close attention, surmised that this is a joint project bringing together several disciplines. Not sure how to describe my part, but Derek runs a first class bedding plant nursery and John is a well respected sculptor who trained and exhibits at the Royal Academy. Oh, and I had the idea.

As all this seems to be under control and I am not involved at Hampton Court this year, I felt it would be healthy to take it easy for a few weeks between Chelsea and Tatton. But oh no, that's not how the world works.

I am now working on a lovely real garden in Haywards Heath, which in itself would be fine, but on top of that I have had a sudden influx of school projects that need designing. However, most pressing of all is a TV project that I am not sure I should tell you about, but for now I think it's safe to say that it involves me creating a bedding display using 4.3 million lettuces and 8 cubic meters of compost ready to be filmed in 14 days time!!!

They don't ask for much these TV people.

I will give you more details once I have cleared it with the TV company but for now I must thank Burston Nurseries, Suttons Seeds and Scotts Composts for their immediate and positive response to my request for help.


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