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Foliage, flowers and famous faces at RHS Chelsea

PUBLISHED: 16:47 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:26 20 February 2013

In preparation for the Queen's visit, the sniffer dogs go through the Show Gardens...

In preparation for the Queen's visit, the sniffer dogs go through the Show Gardens...

Whether the style is formal or flamboyant, we love our gardens, and there's nowhere better than the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to find inspiration. Kate Fleming visited and found herself in very distinguished company. Photos by Amy Rowlinson

Whether the style is formal or flamboyant, we love our gardens, and theres nowhere better than the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to find inspiration. Kate Fleming visited and found herself in very distinguished company. Photos by Amy Rowlinson


The Plankbridge Shepherds Hut (Artisan Garden)


Award: Silver


Designers: Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Swift


This tranquil wildflower garden takes its inspiration from the Dorset countryside immortalised by Thomas Hardy inFar from the Madding Crowd. Central to the garden was a scaled-down version of an authentic Dorset shepherds hut, similar to that used by Gabriel Oak in Hardys novel.


Designed as a writers retreat, author Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring), visited Plankbridge, the makers of the hut in Piddlehinton, during its preparation for Chelsea.


Tracy said: I love the shepherds hut. Having a portable room of my own like that would be very inspiring, and helpful to get me away from the rest of my life. Sadly my garden in Dorset is too small for one, but you can always dream.

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