Red Button coverage - Chelsea Flower Show 2011
Expert gardeners and garden designers Toby Buckland, Christine Walkden and James Alexander-Sinclair bring you coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 on the Red button. Find out what's planned and how to watch it.
Toby Buckland will be presenting the five programmes that include tours of this year's show gardens and tours of the Great Pavilion. The show gardens are the highlight of Chelsea and in-depth tours will be available on the Red Button, with detailed commentary from the designers themselves. The films will also be available on this website.
James Alexander-Sinclair and Christine Walkden will be exploring the vast treasure trove that is the Great Pavilion. They will be speaking to the passionate exhibitors who have been growing and nurturing for weeks, months and sometimes years in preparation for the week-long show.
After the films have appeared on your TVs at home, we're adding many of them to the Show Garden pages.
Red button coverage begins on Monday 23 May 2011.
Freeview. Due to Red Button coverage of the French Open tennis, Freeview viewers will be able to watch coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show at varying times throughout the week. Chelsea Flower Show coverage should usually begin shortly after 7pm each day. See the detailed schedule for Freeview viewers below.
Satellite and Cable. Satellite and Cable viewers can press their red buttons at almost any time during Chelsea Flower Show week for Red Button programming - their coverage of the show is not affected by the French Open tennis. See the schedule below for more information.
Monday 23 May: First timers / Welcome back is the theme of the day. Featured gardens are: The HESCO Garden - designed by Martin Walker, The M&G Garden - designed by Bunny Guinness and The Times Kew Garden - designed by Marcus Barnett.
Due to French Open tennis coverage, Red button Chelsea programming won't start any earlier than 19.10. Once the coverage of the French Open finishes, Chelsea should remain on Red Button throughout the night until 09:50 Tuesday morning.
Tuesday 24 May: Sunken / Raised is the theme of the day. Featured gardens are: The Irish Sky Garden - designed by Diarmuid Gavin, The B&Q Garden - designed by Laurie Chetwood & Patrick Collins and the best in show - The Daily Telegraph Garden, designed by Cleve West. Also: Christine journeys through the Great Pavilion.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of the plants she looked at.
Red button coverage from 19:10 (approximate timing - depending on tennis) until 09:50 on the morning of Wednesday 25th.
Wednesday 25 May: Romance is the theme of the day. Featured gardens are: The Monaco Garden - designed by Sarah Eberle, The British Heart Foundation Garden - designed by Ann-Marie Powell and The Laurent-Perrier Garden - Nature & Human Intervention Garden - designed by Luciano Giubbilei.
Red button coverage from 19:10 (approximate timing - depending on tennis) until 23:35. Then from 04.10 - 08:45 Thursday morning.
Thursday 26 May: Natural Native is the theme of the day. Featured gardens are: The Cancer Research UK Garden - designed by Robert Myers, The Homebase Cornish Memories Garden - designed by Thomas Hoblyn, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) New Wild Garden - designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Skyshades Garden - designed by Marney Hall.
Red button coverage from 19:10 (approximate timing - depending on tennis) until 21:45. Then from 04:10 until 09:50 Friday morning.
Friday 27 May: Exotic / International is the theme of the day. Featured gardens are: The Australian Garden - designed by Jim Fogarty, The Trailfinder's Australian Garden - designed by Ian Barker, The Green Poem Garden designed by Kazuyki Ishiharand the Tourism Malaysia Garden - designed by David Cubero & James Wong.
Red button coverage from 19:10 (approximate timing - depending on tennis) until 09:45 on Saturday morning.
Saturday 28 May: Red button coverage from 19:10 (approximate timing - depending on tennis) until 21:50. Then from 00:10 until 08:50 on Sunday morning.
Monday 23 - Friday 27 May: Red button coverage from 12:00 (noon) until 11:30am the following morning, as a continuous loop of programmes.
Saturday 28 May: Red button coverage from 12:00 (noon) until 11:45 on Sunday morning.
This service is available to all digital viewers. (Digital viewers include anyone with Freeview, satellite or cable TV). To access the service you need to tune to BBC One, Two, Three or Four, and press the red button on your digital remote. A menu appears with Chelsea on it – you need to scroll down and select it. BBC Red Button coverage is free to watch.
On Tuesday 24 May, Christine Walkden took a tour through the Great Pavilion. She looked at plants from the heights of alpine areas right down into the soil, encompassing everything from root vegetables beneath the ground to air plants growing high in tree canopies.
Some of the plants Christine came across on her journey:
Celmisia 'Eggleston Silver'
Saxifraga callosa - limestone saxifrage
Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group
To find out more about these plants:
On Wednesday 25 May James Alexander-Sinclair took a tour of the Great Pavilion. Still with the Royal wedding fresh in our minds James Alexander-Sinclair continued the romantic theme by visiting exhibitors renowned for growing plants with scent and colour. He visited the David Austin stand and found a brand new royal bloom Rosa 'William and Catherine'. James also met floral designer and Royal Warrant holder, Shane Connolly to talk about the trees he used in Westminster Abbey for the Royal wedding and to explore the language of flowers. At the Hillier stand James found Andy McIndoe to look at some more lovely roses like Rosa 'Ballerina'.
Rosa 'William and Catherine'
Actaea simplex 'Brunette'
Rosa Harlow Carr
To find out more:
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