Garden writer and Love the Plot You've Got exhibitor Peter Seabrook said: "We have to apply for a place at the end of June and we choreograph 80 commercial companies, a number of whom will have new plants, and really we need to know if we've got (stand) space before November so if you're a nurseryman who wants to grow perennials or biennials it's too late to do it."
Chelsea show manager Tom Harfleet said he wanted to expand application times "so the level of horticulture at Chelsea will improve because I think it has, 'stagnated' is the wrong word, but it's reached its optimum level using the criteria parameters were currently have".
He added: "Maybe we have garden applications open further in front, so I think you are completely right. We are looking at expanding to a higher level of horticulture and that's something I think we're passionate about." Harfleet said that would mean a "better show" both with the show gardens and in the floral marquee.