Spoof awards for Chelsea turf

Lawns need boost at Chelsea, group claims.

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 grand pavilion. “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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