Chelsea : What a shed says about the gardener

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Picture Credit: Courtesy of Helen Fickling
Picture Credit: Courtesy of Helen Fickling

They say that behind every successful man there is a woman.

And behind every successful Chelsea Show Garden there is a shed. Some contain exotic items like rose-water and lime leaves, others are cluttered with boxes of disposable plastic shoe covers. (Chelsea judges don’t take kindly to messy footprints).

While the public sees only cool, calm, sophistication on Main Avenue, behind the scenes there is a makeshift world of shanty living. At the Chelsea Flower Show, the shed becomes a home-from-home for the garden designer – a womb-like structure to retreat to, where copious cups of tea are made.

By Andrew Wilcox

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