I only managed to stay 4 hours, just couldn't face the heat any longer; but here are a (large) selection of the 300 photos I took...
It was hot...but there were hundreds of butterflies flying around..
the butterfly dome is quite large though as you can see
This was Not for Sale, a garden to highlight the work of the charity Tusk; trying to stop elephant tusk poaching.
the garden itself is on top of a large glass tank of water (the tree on top is a pomegranate)
The leaflet explains "Element of Life attempts to make the unseen, visible, in order to encourage a better understanding of the significance of well-maintained soil and root osmosis"
This is Streetscapes, Holding Back the Flood, promoting a greener flood defense than concrete ones.
a garden by a charity for trade horticulturalists
a spiralling garden of blues and reds yellows and oranges.. I loved this one
inspired when the designer visited a former car plant site, which was regenerating with plantlife.
Joe Swift when he was talking about this one on TV said he thought the colour of the seats were too bright.. I disagree, I think they are great.
I'd love this garden, it is just my style, lots of dense planting, real cottage garden style; wispy flowers and gorgeous colours
the RHS website says (I missed picking up a leaflet for this one)
that this is a garden without sponsor, done on a smaller budget than some of the bigger show gardens.
I think more of them should be like this!
I stopped to watch a bit of the filming...
a couple of hours later I found myself back at the garden, all the tv equipment and the chefs had gone and it all looked very different
this so reminded me of a powertex sculpture.
my friend Sam did say that there was meant to be a Paverpol display, so perhaps this was it, though I didn't notice.. the rest of the stand was bronze sculptures.
the Blind Veteran's garden. Gorgeous all round...
I saw him talking about this on the TV
It really looks great!
winner of best Show Garden
more bronze sculptures
It seemed better laid out than I remember, in a long straight line, (in years gone by the Marquee went off to the side and it was hard not to miss areas)
make a stunning display
inspired by Particle Theory.
"the symmetrical layout of Kinetica represents the molecular structure of a solid object"
No, me neither!
Are you still with me? do your feet ache?
Thanks for looking, let me know if you liked the plants and gardens!!