The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has drawn scorn from a lawn champion who awarded spoof medals as a “poke in the ribs” to organisers who allowed dog-eared turf around show gardens.
Mike Seaton, who launched the Lawn Society recently, was annoyed at the quality of the 1m-wide grass edging around the show gardens.
“Many looked appalling and were not a good advert for such a prestigious event,” he said. “I was surprised that there was no provision to turn them around.
“I appreciate the problems the organisers face. But if they insist on a grass vista on three sides of the garden it needs to be changed around a couple of times a week.”
Seaton, who said he may try to enter a wild-grasses garden next year, awarded an alternative gold to Brian Alabaster and silver-gilt to Fortnum & Mason.
Illusionesques scooped a silver, and bronze went to Notcutts for its good-quality grass in the
“We are judging the turf because the show seems to ignore it, yet the market is worth £400m a year. The awards are meant to be a good-humoured little poke in the ribs.”
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