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August 16, 2012

rhs chelsea flower show 2012.

This is a repack of previously published individual articles.

Complete 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 7 days+preview.

Preview.
Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein and James Wong take an exclusive peek at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2012 in this preview of the event. With show opening only hours away, they are joined by Nicki Chapman and Toby Buckland to see what gardening’s greenest fingers are exhibiting this year in the Great Pavilion and show gardens. Joe Swift reveals the inspiration behind his first ever Chelsea garden, and Diarmuid Gavin unveils his high-rise pyramid garden.

Day 1 - Monday
Part 1.
Presenters Nicki Chapman and Toby Buckland host the first lunchtime visit to the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is the day when Her Majesty the Queen visits the show, so there is a look at all the exhibits created in honour of the jubilee. There is a chance to see the new plants named after members of the royal family, and florist Simon Lycett joins Nicki to capture the spirit of the coronation with an arrangement dedicated to Constance Spry, the woman responsible for some of the coronation’s floral displays.
Part 2.
Alan Titchmarsh invites viewers to get away from it all with a look at the holiday destinations reflected in some of the Chelsea exhibits this year. Sir Cliff Richard joins Alan to talk about his own tropical garden in Barbados, and there is a chance to see the stunning landscape of South Africa captured in a display by the country’s Botanical Garden of Kirstenbosch.
Part 3.
Alan Titchmarsh launches a week of Chelsea celebrations with a look at some of 2012?s most memorable show garden designs. There is coverage of this year’s celebrity visitors and a chance to see some of the new flowers being launched in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Great Pavilion. Garden writer and presenter James Alexander Sinclair joins the royal party as they visit the show in this special jubilee year.

Day 2 - Tuesday.
Part 1
It is medals day at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Nicki Chapman is up with the lark to discover who has won what as the medals are handed out. Chris Beardshaw is joined by Carol Klein and James Alexander Sinclair to take a closer look at the gold medal winning gardens and exhibits, and Rachel De Thame reveals who has won Young Florist of the Year.
Part 2.
Alan Titchmarsh and Carol Klein talk to the gold medal-winning designers and exhibitors in the Great Pavilion and reveal who has won the Chelsea 2012 prestigious ‘best in show’ award. Plus, Rachel de Thame finds out what it takes to win the equally coveted President’s Award in the Great Pavilion.
Part 3 – Red Button.
Toby Buckland hosts tours of the larger show gardens, with commentary from the designers on their inspiration. Tom Hart Dyke and Christine Walkden share tales at the Great Pavilion.

Day 3 - Wednesday.
Part 1.
Nicki Chapman and Toby Buckland turn their attention to the plants of Chelsea, in a programme packed with advice on how to choose the right plants for your particular garden. There is a master class on how to identify the type of soil in your garden, and a look at the plants that can withstand the most hostile of conditions. Toby also finds out which flower has been voted RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year.
Part 2.
The magic of the Mediterranean is the subject of this edition of Chelsea Flower Show coverage. Designer Tom Hoblyn shows Alan Titchmarsh around his Italian renaissance garden, and there’s a trip into the Great Pavilion for a spot of flower gazing with the accent on the plants that thrive in Southern Italy and the surrounding islands.
Part 3.
Alan Titchmarsh looks back at the day’s events at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The emphasis is on the exhibits promoting Britain’s wild flowers and wildlife. There is a master class in creating wild flower meadows in the city and designer Diarmuid Gavin talks to Alan about how he hopes to promote urban greening with his towering 80-foot pyramid garden. Cookery legend Mary Berry also joins Alan to talk about her life-long passion for gardening.
Part 4 – Red Button.
Toby Buckland hosts tours of the larger show gardens, with commentary from the designers on their inspiration. Tom Hart Dyke and Christine Walkden share tales at the Great Pavilion.

Day 4 - Thursday.
Part 1.
Nicki Chapman and Chris Beardshaw take a closer look at the themes and trends dominating this year’s show. Plus, a look at the latest innovative ideas tackling the effects of drought. And Alys Fowler finds out what is new when it comes to edibles, and the team seek out the latest in gardening gadgets.
Part 2.
Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel de Thame discover how the themes of water, boundaries and the British countryside are dominating the exhibits at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Chris Beardshaw is in the show gardens unearthing radical ideas for sustainable horticulture. Plus 2011?s ‘Best in Show’ winner Cleve West explains why topiary is a hot topic. And designer Jo Thompson reveals why her journey to build her show garden began with a caravan.
Part 3 – Red Button.
Toby Buckland hosts tours of the larger show gardens, with commentary from the designers on their inspiration. Tom Hart Dyke and Christine Walkden share tales at the Great Pavilion.

Day 5 - Friday.
Part 1
The designers taking inspiration from the arts take centre stage in this programme from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Presenters Nicki Chapman and Chris Beardshaw host a show packed with references to great literary legends. There is also a chance for Nicki to create her own artistic flower arrangement as Jonathan Moseley, from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, demonstrates how to build a display inspired by the painter Claude Monet.
Part 2.
Alan Titchmarsh celebrates the great craftsmanship behind the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. There is a profile of designer Arne Maynard, who explains how his gardens are crafted with the local landscape in mind. And RHS show manager Alex Denman delves into the history of the Edwardian nurseryman often dubbed the founding father of Chelsea.
Part 3 – Red Button.
Toby Buckland hosts tours of the larger show gardens, with commentary from the designers on their inspiration. Tom Hart Dyke and Christine Walkden share tales at the Great Pavilion.

Day 6 - Saturday.
Part 1.
Alan Titchmarsh, Nicki Chapman and Chris Beardshaw round up their glorious week at the Chelsea Flower Show by enjoying the famous plant sell-off. They find out which show garden has been voted the winner in the RHS Peoples’ Award and the team share their favourite take home tips from this year’s show.
Part 2 – Red Button.
Toby Buckland hosts tours of the larger show gardens, with commentary from the designers on their inspiration. Tom Hart Dyke and Christine Walkden share tales at the Great Pavilion.

Day 7 - Sunday.
As the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws to a close, Alan Titchmarsh and Chris Beardshaw look back at the highlights of the event. From a floral scaffold pyramid to a topiary corgi, Alan and Chris celebrate the horticultural magic that has entertained the nation throughout the week. There is a look back at the big medal-winning gardens and nurseries, and a last chance to revel in the amazing plants on display.

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