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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Share your thoughts and views about the BBCs programming on the Chelsea Flower Show 2013 here!

    Here's a link to the programme page, where you can find more information about the programmes, clips, photos and other information.

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...


    You can see a list of all of the episodes and the time that they are on here:

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...


    You can follow the BBC Chelsea Flower Show twitter feed, here

    https://twitter.com/BBCFlowerShows





    Here are the Red Button details for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013


    RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Red Button.

    Toby Buckland hosts the BBCís Red Button giving tours of some of this year's larger show gardens,including detailed commentary from the designers on the inspiration and motivation behind their spectacular designs.

    In addition, horticultural haymakers Tom Hart Dyke and Christine Walkden will be sharing tales from the vast treasure trove that is the Great Pavilion, speaking to the passionate exhibitors who have been working for weeks, months and sometimes years in preparation for the week-long floral extravaganza.

    Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview

    Mon 20 May, 12.00pm-6.00am

    Tue 21 May, 6.00am-2.15pm, 5.50pm-6.00am

    Wed 22 May, 6.00am-6.00am

    Thu 23 May, 6.00am-10:.5pm

    Fri 24 May, 4.00am-6.00am, 6.00am-11.00am, 12.00pm-8.00pm

    Sat 25 May, 2.15am-6:00am

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    You can also add your own photos to The Chelsea Flower Show Flickr group and they may appear on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website, or on the BBC website or on BBC TV!



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    About RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    This is the place to post photos that you have taken at the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

    As this group contains images from a number of years shows, please indicate which year's show the pictures were taken at either in the title, description or tags of the photo.

    Any images that are not of the show will be removed.

    NOTES ABOUT USE OF PHOTOS POSTED IN THIS GROUP

    RHS

    This year the RHS are looking to expand their coverage of Chelsea and to that end will be including a feed of images from this group on the home page of their website - www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea. The feed will display the latest images along with title, caption, date and credits of course, and will update when the page is refreshed.

    BBC

    We have linked up with the BBC and they are likely to use some of your photos on the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show on TV and and on the website. Please make sure you own the copyright on the image before adding it to his group. By adding it to this group you agree that the BBC can use your photo on television or the web where you will be credited as the photographer.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    And finally have a look at these clips online, taken from the BBC archive.

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...

    There are 86 clips available to view, and they cover all aspects of The Chelsea Flower Show over the years.

    Enjoy!

    And enjoy this year's Chelsea Flower Show too!

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Glad to see that the Australian Garden won Best in Show, well deserved.

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    Posted by old codger (U14116003) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Share your thoughts and views about the BBCs programming on the Chelsea Flower Show 2013 here!

    Here's a link to the programme page, where you can find more information about the programmes, clips, photos and other information.

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...


    You can see a list of all of the episodes and the time that they are on here:

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...


    You can follow the BBC Chelsea Flower Show twitter feed, here

    https://twitter.com/BBCFlowerShows 
    but we want to see more of plants not presenters talking toeach other

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    Posted by GaryB007 (U3895241) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    ^ +1 for that.

    More from the plants and less from the presenters please.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Perhaps have a look at some of the clips then, while you're waiting for today's programming to start? smiley - cheerup



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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Exactly, old codger. And personally I could care less what "celebrity" fetches up. Also, I cannot imagine that the flower arrangers who asked for more coverage this year would be happy with the mocking tones of Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh regarding the Ikebana arrangement. Am no flower arranger myself but I thought it beautiful.

    Favourite items .... orchids and cactus - both presenters were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaging. Imho smiley - smiley. And the beautiful colourful garden in the Pavillion shown by Carol Klein although I didn't catch which country it represented.

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    Posted by germinator (U13411914) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Scene: Living room of Propagation House, 8:20pm Monday night.
    Ms germ is perusing the television schedule of a newspaper (other television schedule information sources are available)
    Ms germ: Oh! The Chelsea Flower Show is on.
    Germ: Aye.
    Ms germ: Itís still on.
    Germ: Aye, itís on BBC1, then BBC2.
    Ms germ: Alan Titchmarsh is on it.
    Germ: Aye.
    Ms germ: Why is he always on it?
    Germ: I donít know, heís worse than couch grass.
    Ms germ: How can they not find somebody else?
    Germ: Are you not putting it on then?
    Ms germ: No. Why do you not complain to the BBC?
    Germ: OK, Iíll even offer to pay Jim McCollís train fare from Aberdeen and hotel for the week.?

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    the mocking tones of Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh regarding the Ikebana arrangement. Am no flower arranger myself but I thought it beautiful. 
    I am assuming you are not talking about Nicky Chapman's effort - my cat could have done better and often does with her catnip.
    smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Ken Smart (U1158196) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    I keep wondering every year, why it is that I have no interest whatsoever in this lengthy horticultural marathon. I'm an enthusiastic gardener, I never miss GW or the Beechgrove, I spend half my life in gardens or garden centres - and yet 'Chelsea' is for me, a must to avoid. I do loathe the show gardens, with their silly names and hyphenated designers, and wondered why (just occasionally) some presenter didn't have the courage to say 'this is just woeful', or 'I've seen it a hundred times', or 'who in their right mind would be bothered with this', or even 'how many people would this be relevant to' or 'how much would this cost'. But no - like a discussion on modern art, the trick is to find something wonderful in it that mere mortals just can't see. I honestly don't know of any normal person who has reaped any benefit from these costly and boring efforts. In yesteryear, we had presenters (including some so-called celebrities) who would waffle on about very little for a long long time, and it would seem that very little has changed. Is it the case that people attend for the occasion, and that it just makes for a nice day out, or does so many people really relish a collection of silly little show gardens?

    When I learn that the emphasis has returned to the plants once again, and that the 'One Show' style of presentation is binned, I may once again tune in, but in the meantime, it remains just a bit a cheap TV, and does a disservice to ordinary gardeners around the country.

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    Posted by Eamonn_Shute (U14223612) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013



    Me too!

    The only thing that spoiled the programmes, as usual, was the aggressive drumming, cymbals and trumpet music. Why on Earth does anyone think that loud drumming is appropriate for a programme about flowers? 

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    Hi saffiewalks smiley - smiley. I'm still wondering why NC is part of the Chelsea team. But her ..... mmmm ...... "arrangment" set the tone for that section which wasn't warranted. I had a friend who arranged flowers for all sorts of occasions and worked jolly hard for weeks before each one, designing and researching where she could get the flowers and greenery and remain on budget (often specifically requested regardless of the season).

    Anyway. That was just one item.

    Moving on. I just remembered the leather garden with the perspex river. Quite intriguing but totally impractical Mr Fox and I thought. But like designers of clothes - those seen on the catwalk are watered down to fit the budgets of the high street. I should imagine a small piece of applied leather might work in some gardens.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    I keep wondering every year, why it is that I have no interest whatsoever in this lengthy horticultural marathon. I'm an enthusiastic gardener, I never miss GW or the Beechgrove, I spend half my life in gardens or garden centres - and yet 'Chelsea' is for me, a must to avoid. I do loathe the show gardens, with their silly names and hyphenated designers, and wondered why (just occasionally) some presenter didn't have the courage to say 'this is just woeful', or 'I've seen it a hundred times', or 'who in their right mind would be bothered with this', or even 'how many people would this be relevant to' or 'how much would this cost'. But no - like a discussion on modern art, the trick is to find something wonderful in it that mere mortals just can't see. I honestly don't know of any normal person who has reaped any benefit from these costly and boring efforts. In yesteryear, we had presenters (including some so-called celebrities) who would waffle on about very little for a long long time, and it would seem that very little has changed. Is it the case that people attend for the occasion, and that it just makes for a nice day out, or does so many people really relish a collection of silly little show gardens?

    When I learn that the emphasis has returned to the plants once again, and that the 'One Show' style of presentation is binned, I may once again tune in, but in the meantime, it remains just a bit a cheap TV, and does a disservice to ordinary gardeners around the country. 
    Have you ever been to the Chelsea Flower Show Ken?

    I like your modern art anology, I think it's very fitting. Chelsea Shows a lot of designs that one will undoubtedly have seen before, but also some new ideas that might not be used in an everyday garden, but are certainly thought provoking.

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    Posted by Genny (U15730710) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    the mocking tones of Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh regarding the Ikebana arrangement. Am no flower arranger myself but I thought it beautiful. 
    I am assuming you are not talking about Nicky Chapman's effort - my cat could have done better and often does with her catnip.
    smiley - biggrin 
    I agree with you, I was disapointed by Nicky Chapman's flower arragment, although she can't be blamed for the plant falling to the side although depending on how it is planted in the pot and supported, she could be somewhat responsible.

    What disapointed me was the actual presentation about flower arranging, they said people had written to them requesting to see this and they gave us a minute long section showing one professional arrangement and the other not. I was hoping to see more then that, hopefully they will later on as they didn't even talk about the flower arranging, just showed the finished product and that was it!

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    Posted by Stokey Sue (U14258170) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    the mocking tones of Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh regarding the Ikebana arrangement. Am no flower arranger myself but I thought it beautiful. 
    I am assuming you are not talking about Nicky Chapman's effort - my cat could have done better and often does with her catnip.
    smiley - biggrin 
    I agree with you, I was disapointed by Nicky Chapman's flower arragment, although she can't be blamed for the plant falling to the side although depending on how it is planted in the pot and supported, she could be somewhat responsible.

    What disapointed me was the actual presentation about flower arranging, they said people had written to them requesting to see this and they gave us a minute long section showing one professional arrangement and the other not. I was hoping to see more then that, hopefully they will later on as they didn't even talk about the flower arranging, just showed the finished product and that was it! 


    I agree - the whole tone was horribly misjudged, why mention it at all only to be rude about it?
    It wasnít even redeemed by being funny; it was about as funny as a dentistís waiting room Ė school boy stuff

    There would have been some point in Nicky's effort if it had been used as part of a feature to show how hard it is to make anything of the quality of the Ikebana arrangement they had Ė I thought that was beautiful and Iím not a big fan of over-organised floristry as a rule

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    What happened Sue? I haven't seen it yet? What was the problem with this section?

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    Posted by Stokey Sue (U14258170) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    What happened Sue? I haven't seen it yet? What was the problem with this section?  Pretty much what has been said already

    They had a lovely Ikebana on display, and drew attention to it, saying that viewers had asked for more coverage of the flower arranging

    Then Alan made Joe talk about the word Ikebana, which apparently he'd never heard (seems unlikely)

    Then they produced Nicky's bedraggled attempt and laughed at it, without any proper reason given for her doing it or for them showing it

    The whole tone suggested frankly that they were anti-flower arranging and not prepared to take it seriously even when asked to do so, and we all seem to have found that attitude entirely inappropriate in the context of a programme covering supposedly as many aspects as possible of the Chelsea centenary

    It was a very short section, in the BBC 1 half hour

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    Posted by mysteryletterboxs (U1950653) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    .............I keep wondering every year, why it is that I have no interest whatsoever in this lengthy horticultural marathon. I'm an enthusiastic gardener................

    How much I agree with you Ken. I tried yesterday evening to watch both programmes but soon switched-off for the very reasons that you have expressed. At lunchtime today I tried again and the coverage was dreadful. They showed the medal winners without any shots of the winning gardens. When they did 'show' some gardens later in the programme we had close-ups of leaves and individual blooms, out of focus grass, branches against the sky, reflections in water and at one point a selection of peoples legs and knees! So, I give up. Back to my 'real' garden, I won't be bothering to watch Chelsea anymore.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 21st May 2013

    What happened Sue? I haven't seen it yet? What was the problem with this section?  Pretty much what has been said already

    They had a lovely Ikebana on display, and drew attention to it, saying that viewers had asked for more coverage of the flower arranging

    Then Alan made Joe talk about the word Ikebana, which apparently he'd never heard (seems unlikely)

    Then they produced Nicky's bedraggled attempt and laughed at it, without any proper reason given for her doing it or for them showing it

    The whole tone suggested frankly that they were anti-flower arranging and not prepared to take it seriously even when asked to do so, and we all seem to have found that attitude entirely inappropriate in the context of a programme covering supposedly as many aspects as possible of the Chelsea centenary

    It was a very short section, in the BBC 1 half hour 
    Thanks Stokey Sue. smiley - ok

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