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Chelsea Flower Show

I’ve suddenly lost interest in the Chelsea Flower Show after all these years which is really sad but the constant focusing on rewilding has left me cold! 
I have a three quarter acre garden of which a third is flower borders, another third vegetable garden and the rest is lawn. My flower borders are overflowing with pollinating plants which feed my neighbours beehives so why do I feel I’m not doing enough for the environment if I don’t invite weeds into my garden and let my lawn go wild?
I realise gardens have to change over time but somehow it’s taking all the pleasure out if it for me. Does anyone else feel the same?


  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,832
    It's a trend. A preachy, sanctimonious one. Only the greatest eco-warriors dismantle beavers' dwellings and reconstruct them twig by pious twig for that authentic "hovel in an abandoned field" look.

    Like you, I do plant for bees and butterflies, I do enjoy lovely colourful beds, and I do have a fatal clematis/rose/fuchsia habit. I bet we both have nicer gardens to sit in with a book and a glass of wine, beaver-free zones though they may be. 😉
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    I thought one of the nicest ones only received a silver medal so I must be totally off trend.
  • zugeniezugenie Posts: 833
    edited May 2022
    @WhereAreMySecateurs I don’t think that’s a fair description
    “A pool dammed by beavers – with wood-sticks, woodchip and tree debris scattered around their lodge. These are constructed from debris removed from beaver sites as part of the beaver management process.”

    I don’t get the issue with people doing something different at chelsea, surely that’s the point!! I’m also not sure why people feel so personally attacked by a garden about rewilding
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300
    so glad I don't watch all this stuff :) 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    I switched off this afternoon's programme when they started talking about dying fabric with nettles and rhubarb roots.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,040
    Started viewing part wat through one of the programmes , was blown away by the planting. Then realised it was Chris Beardshaw's garden. I personally think his planting schemes are the best seen in Chelsea history.
    Building a garden is very personal. It's not quite the same as installing a boiler.
    James Alexander Sinclair 
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    I love the rewilded garden, much as I’ve loved the Welcome to Yorkshire gardens the last few years, many of the more formal or modern garden designs leave me cold, but that’s the whole point surely, a range of designs and ideas to appeal to all sorts of gardeners.

    Monty was questioning whether it was actually a garden the other day but I wholly disagree, if I had the money, space, knowledge and time my garden would look something along the lines of a mini landscape by Mark Gregory 
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