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Remembering victims of war a century on at the Chelsea Flower Show

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

  • The centenary of the First World War is one of the major thematic influences at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show PICTURE: Rebecca Naden/PA

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The effects of old and modern conflicts are being remembered in horticulture as this year's Chelsea Flower Show marks the centenary of the First World War.

Designers have drawn on family experiences of war from the Somme to Afghanistan to create displays for this week's show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The world-famous flower show also contains gardens addressing themes from fashion to sustainability and drawing on inspiration from around the world.

UK growers – including some who battled floods for weeks in Somerset at the beginning of the year – will be showcasing their produce, while one herb grower is even recreating the vegetable garden where Peter Rabbit liked to eat.

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And veteran Chelsea BBC presenter Alan Titchmarsh has returned to his gardening roots with a garden that celebrates 50 years of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition – and his 50 years in horticulture.

The green-fingered guru is designing a Chelsea Flower Show garden for the first time in almost 30 years after leaving the BBC's coverage of the show when he was offered a much reduced role following three decades as host.

Although he has admitted he was "hurt" by the situation with the BBC, standing in his garden as it took shape at Chelsea he said he did not find it strange to be wielding a spade instead of a microphone.

"I don't feel remotely strange. I garden every day, I don't film every day," he said.

From The Moors To The Sea, which celebrates the diversity of British landscapes and what can be grown here, follows Titchmarsh's journey in horticulture from his birthplace in Yorkshire to the coast of the Isle of Wight where he has a home and garden.

Personal inspiration has been behind other gardens in the show, particularly for those commemorating war.

No Man's Land: ABF The Soldiers' Charity Garden to mark the centenary of the First World War represents a landscape marked by the fighting in northern France, including trenches, a mine crater pond and yew trees.

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