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Musings from ‘Up North’

Musings from ‘Up North’

North of the Arctic Circle! Not a snowdrop in sight!

I have just returned from a four day trip to Northern Sweden and it made me think about the challenges…

We do it in the winter too!

We do it in the winter too!

We do it in the winter too! Garden visiting, that is. A group of members visited Knowle Hill Farm last week and managed to choose a rare day without rain.

Over the Garden Gate – Rehinged!

Over the Garden Gate – Rehinged!

Now we know just what it takes to put on a display at the Chelsea Flower Show. We had all the details from the Chelsea Team at our meeting yesterday. And the hall was packed with cheerful members keen to hear the story.

Reflections on Chelsea 2015

Reflections on Chelsea 2015

did promise one more blog after the Breakdown day post so at long last here it is! As you may know the Chelsea team are doing a presentation at Lower Hardres, near Canterbury, next Sunday, 24th January.

Chelsea 2015 – Breakdown Day

Chelsea 2015 – Breakdown Day

We made it through to Saturday relatively unscathed, partly being buoyed along by adrenalin. A 6.15am train for me

Postcard at the end of the show

Postcard at the end of the show

Gate of The Royal Hospital,
Saturday 23 May, 9.30pm

It took us six days to build the display – but only three hours to demolish it!

Chelsea 2015: Friday at the show

Chelsea 2015: Friday at the show

Just a short blog today. I will do a blog of reflections on Chelsea after we have broken down tomorrow. Breaking down? the stand and / or us!

“By the end of Thursday I seemed to have become the resident expert on pruning wisteria.”

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Postcard from Kent Group stand

Stand , Great Pavilion
Chelsea Flower Show
Friday 22 May

Gosh, it is exhausting talking to visitors to the Show! It was wonderful that so many wanted to ask questions . . .

A day on the Chelsea stand

A day on the Chelsea stand

I went up to Chelsea yesterday to join the team in person rather than via the internet and it was a real pleasure. I got to see the stand in all its glory rather than through screen images - although I did spend rather a lot of time with my camera to my eye and you...

Chelsea 2015 – The Award

Chelsea 2015 – The Award

Well, if you have got to the blog, you probably know we were awarded a Silver-Gilt, which is super. It is a credit to all the hard work which the Chelsea team and HPS Kent members have put in. Lots of people growing plants and helping. We have had many lovely comments...

And now we just have to hope the judges agree with her!

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Postcard from Chelsea

Chelsea Showground
Monday 18 May

One of the reasons for doing Chelsea is the publicity it brings the HPS. Happily, the media have been taking an interest in what we are doing. Their visits interrupted our work, but were very welcome. Andy Garland from Radio Kent

Chelsea 2015 – Judgement Day

Chelsea 2015 – Judgement Day

Colin and I caught an early train and arrived at Victoria at 7.23am. We got a taxi to the Bullring, not in Birmingham, but on the Chelsea Embankment.

Listen to Colin being interviewed by Andy Garland on Radio Kent’s Sunday Gardening talking about The Hardy Plant Society and Kent Group’s exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Take a listen – it’s really good!

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