This week’s episode of Better Homes And Gardens features the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show and catches up with some A-list celebs.
Multiple MIFGS award winner and Better Homes And Gardens presenter Jason Hodges has been in London for the past few weeks working on his debut Chelsea show garden. His “Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s” was awarded a prestigious Silver Gilt medal overnight – the second highest medal honour at Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Graham Ross has been checking out all the latest and greatest at the event and caught up with all the celebrities at the exclusive preview day on Monday including Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, Sir Cliff Richard, Ringo Starr, Ricky Gervais, Roger Daltrey, Nigel Havers, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine and Antonio Carluccio.
Graham says most of these celebrities are genuine green thumbs who keep coming back to Chelsea to find inspiration and ideas for their own gardens.
Tune in this week to hear what they had to tell Graham – like Sir Cliff talking about his home in Barbados, listing off all the plants that he grows there and that he likes pruning – but gets somebody else to do the weeding. Or that Ringo plants daffodils in the hundreds at his home. And how Roger Daltrey doesn’t consider himself a gardener (he likes it wild) – but admires the displays.
Graham’s other highlights so far include the tallest garden ever built at Chelsea from Irish designer, Diarmuid Gavin, who is well known for pushing the envelope when it comes to garden design. It rises 80 feet into the air with seven stories featuring an Australian garden, fern garden, Japanese garden, an internal elevator and a tube slide which wraps around the exterior. Unbelievable!
He also got a preview of the two topiary corgis the Royal Horticultural Society presented to the Queen in honour of her Diamond Jubilee.
7:30pm Thursday in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and Friday in Sydney and Brisbane on Seven.