Diarmuid Gavin leaves the judges in a spin at the Royal Horticultural Society Opening Day of The Chelsea Flower Show.

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The Harrods British Eccentrics Garden is a garden performance a show stopper that gets the crowds approval, with playful jeers and laughter and occasional somewhat utter dismay.

The colour, however, is a stunning chaotic combination of riotous reds and  pandemonium purples that mash to create a joyous delight of eccentric British colour with humorous twist and turns.

The Six large Bay trees spin every 30 mins as does the border surrounding the Turret styled cottage! Along with bobbing box balls, it’s all quite bizarre I must say.

The layout the design and the finish are all impeccable as only we have learnt to expect from the infamous Irish Garden Designer, Diarmuid Gavin who always aims to delight the crowds of onlookers during the RHS Chelsea Show.

Not quite so delighted I’m afraid was the judges who were in a spin over the playful eccentricities of our beloved garden designer awarding him a Silver-Gilt one step away from the coveted Gold which continues to elude Diarmuid for the last five years.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant




“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, when you find it in a Garden it’s like finding Paradise“

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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