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Display Gardens: Chelsea 2008, The finished AGS Exhibit, Alpine for all Aspects

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Images and thoughts on the finished AGS Exhibit at Chelsea 2008

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Contribution from John Humphries 19 May 2008, 00:29top / bottom of page
Please add your comments and images.

No doubt, over the next 6 days, many of you will visit The Chelsea Flower Show.

The AGS team has had immense pleasure in preparing our exhibit which is in the Grand Pavilion C7.

If entering from the Bull Ring gate on the Embankment, that is in the top left quarter of the Grand Pavilion.

If entering from Ranleigh Gardens we are in the far side of the Pavilion, the North West Corner.

We also have a publications and membership stand in Eastern Avenue.

Two thirds of the way down Eastern Avenue on the left as you head down towards the river.

Here are four quick images of the finished exhibit at 9.30 this evenin

As it was dark outside the light in the Pavilion was really unsuitable for plant photography, so here are four quick images of the site, from each corner.

Starting from the North East, as if approached from Ranleigh Gate.

Sorry, bad start, that was from the South East.

Sorry, bad start, that was from the South East.

This is from the North East.
This is from the North East.

I've decided I'm dis-oriented after a busy week, I could say here is the third attempt at getting North east correct, let's just say here is the third aspect

Finally correct above if approaching from Ranleigh Gate.

Here below is the first view you'll have if approaching from the Bullring gate. You'll have to pass the tall palms of the Cayman Islands first.

Please add your comments and details of your favourite plant.

Contribution from Frank Tindall 20 May 2008, 10:05top / bottom of page


Contribution from Martin Rogerson 20 May 2008, 18:43top / bottom of page

Congratulations to all involvled on another magnificent display. Hope you get the TV coverage to go with it.

Contribution from Margaret Young 22 May 2008, 10:11top / bottom of page
Congratulations on a great success

Great to see this terrific success by the AGS display team for their efforts at Chelsea, and to enjoy the photos of the preparation and completed stand here. While it was super to enjoy the quite generous coverage of the planting of the display on the BBC Interactive Service, it was a disappointment that the AGS effort was not rewarded by a prime-time TV feature.... it is sad that the availability of the Carol Klein "Walkabout" of the AGS stand was restricted to this niche broadcast.... when will the TV companies realise the immense interest from the general public in these little plants which so fascinate us and give the publicity they deserve? Thanks to all the Display Team for their hard work and yes, even to the BBC for the coverage they have seen fit to provide , to enable us all to enjoy this Chelsea Display!

Contribution from Shelagh Smethurst 22 May 2008, 16:12top / bottom of page
A well deserved reward for hard work.

Congratulations to all the members of the team who worked on the Chelsea garden. We know just what hard work it is and the delight of a glass of something sparkling sipped whilst soaking away the aches and pains in a Radox bath. Well done.

Contribution from Diane Clement 22 May 2008, 20:53top / bottom of page

Excellent news about the Gold Medal and President's award. Congratulations and well done to all involved!

Contribution from Giles Reed 23 May 2008, 01:33top / bottom of page

I particularly liked the 'Primula Corner'


and here's a photo of the 'dry' bit

-and who is going to own up to putting in the solitary, adorable, Spiranthes sinensis in one of the corners?

Contribution from John Humphries 23 May 2008, 07:18top / bottom of page

Giles, That is Ray Drew's plant, he planted it himself, it has been much photographed, although is difficult to get a good image in this environment. It was in the bog last year. Beautiful isn't it.

Contribution from John Humphries 24 May 2008, 00:10top / bottom of page

Thank you Giles for posting a couple of extra pictures, I will be posting more when the week is over. I've been catching up with the day job in the meantime.

Contribution from Elizabeth Maddock 24 May 2008, 23:56top / bottom of page

Many congratulations to all those who worked so hard to put on the display. I only got back from holiday today and was amazed and thrilled to see we got the President's award and to see Christine and Rod get interviewed.

Contribution from John Humphries 26 May 2008, 12:23top / bottom of page
Additional Photographs from Chelsea

Sorry that it has taken until now to get some pictures sorted out. Truth is that while the show is on, we are so busy that you really don't get much time to think, let alone edit a couple of hundred photographs to find a few good ones.

I'll start with a general walk around the exhibit, then mabey close in on a few plants.

The general approach as seen from the NE approach is possibly the best long distance view, over the bog garden, expertly planted by Kit and onto the rocky scree area.

This set of pictures was taken on the Monday lunchtime, just before the judging.

Moving along the front of the stand we find the scree with the waterfall. The position of the waterfall was to give the impression that would feed the boggy area.

Seen in the shot below, Tim Lever from Aberconwy who not only selected a lot of the plants from the nursery but also gave up 5 days of his time to join the team right through the planting and labelling. Together with John Amand whose stand was only 50 yards away.

A general view from the broad walkway.

Also a general view from the NW corner

Moving round to the side that was adjacent to Kistenboch(west).

We decided we should make them feel at home by having a scree full of Rhodohypoxis

This was much appreciated, especially on the first day when they were waiting for their plants to be cleared through customs.

This also provided the transition into the woodland area at the south west corner of the stand.

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