A heavily pregnant Kate Middleton along with her doting husband Prince William are among the first garden gnomes to be displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show in its 100 year history. The CFS event is the most important on the British gardening calendar. It opens Tuesday through Sunday.
The kitsch statues were commissioned by David Domoney a popular TV gardener. Domoney says; “My first venture into the fascinating world of plants & gardens was selling plants at the local church fair; I couldn’t wait for the next fair to come around & started producing my own plants to sell. This kindled my interest in gardens and as a cheeky yet enthusiastic teenager I was soon spending all my spare time helping the pensioners in my community by cutting their lawns and doing some of the grafting and donkey work on their plant beds for pocket money. Talking to these garden lovers, asking questions and gaining information developed my passion for gardening that’s stayed with me”.
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. It is the flower show most associated with the royal family, who attend the opening day every year.
The magnificent displays in the Great Pavilion will show off exciting new plants alongside favourites from 1913 and, on an historical theme, look out for our display of 100 years in pictures, a spell-binding look at how Chelsea style has evolved through the decades.
The Royal Gnomes will be auctioned on eBay, from this evening for seven days, to raise money for children to learn about gardening at school.