Exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show

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In the late 1980’s I applied to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Committee to take a Garden Installation Stand at their show in the grounds of The Royal Hospital in central London. Produced on a shoestring it relied on originality rather than high-priced production expertise.

The form / questionnaire was sent and duly filled in and returned. Besides explaining who I was, why I wanted to exhibit and what my stand would be about I had to submit a plan and sketch. The design hadn’t actually been formulated so I chose a Victorian Terrace House garden. It was safe and unchallenging. It would sail through the inquisition…

A few years earlier I had exhibited various drawings, photographs and ground plans in the Garden Design Tent, sadly an area that has long since been dropped. I had also been writing a bi-monthly  gardening  series in the Sunday Times so I wasn’t a complete unknown. My application was approved and I was awarded an exhibition area of approximately 10m x 6m.

Meanwhile, there had been a battle raging in the national press between Qualcast cylinder lawnmowers and Flymo hover mowers. Each goading the other by running cash-win competitions as to who could cut grass the quickest, the neatest and the cheapest.

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About the Author:

Along side his Garden Design & Landscaping business Alex Dingwall-Main has maintained a complimentary writing & broadcasting career. This has included a one year, bi-monthly series for The Sunday Times, a run of articles for House & Garden magazine (including producing three of their gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show) articles for The Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail and Times. His work has appeared in Gardens Illustrated, Vogue, Harpers, Homes and Gardens, Architectural Digest and various books on the subject. In 2003 Alex made 26 films for BBC on inspirational gardens. He has also judged for the R.H.S. at The Hampton Garden Flower Show and taught at the Inchbald School of Garden Design.

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