|Treebeard says, "Hrooom, don't be hasty... especially in the queue for coffee."|
First of all, it's CROWDED. Really, really crowded - you pretty much have to punch some pensioner cold to get a seat when you want to eat your insanely overpriced sandwich - and everyone's trying to see the show gardens featured on the TV coverage. Some of those are really nice and you want to take them home and have a barbeque in them...
|The SeeAbility Garden|
Some are awesomely modernist ....
|The RBC Blue Water Roof Garden|
Some are beautifully traditional....
|An Alcove (Tokonoma) Garden|
And some are really cool but don't look a whole lot like gardens...
|The Sound of Silence Garden|
There's a WALL of people around each of the gold-medal winning gardens, and you have to shuffle in slowly, take a pic and run. To be honest, you are better off watching the telly. You will certainly see more.
I prefer the plant displays inside the giant marquee, actually. Easier to see, and just as impressive:
|This temple display from the Thai government, I believe|
|I think this is part of the Jamaican tourist board display|
But the most photogenic stuff is the mad-ass garden sculptures on sale. From the sublime to the ridiculous, via all points in between:
|Slate art. Love it.|
|Okay, the neighbours might start to look at you a bit askance...|
|£20,000 for something that'll be compost in a couple of years?|
|Nicely understated, I feel!|
|Because what every garden needs is a Dementor.|
|This is about 10ft across and comes on a 20ft plinth. Your neighbours will hate you forever.|
Here it is:
|But I really wanted a Fat Naked Woman on a Dinosaur|