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Highlights from the 100th Chelsea Flower Show- 05.21.13

garden.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw from the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

One of the most incredible aspects of flowers shows like RHS Chelsea is amazing range and breadth of both wild type and cultivated plants. Leaves and flowers come in such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures and even closely related cultivars can look strikingly different. Yet, cultivated varieties are bred to consistency and this simultaneous diversity and uniformity are highlighted at shows like Chelsea where large stands are filled with nearly identical blooms of each variety. More photos from Chelsea on the next page.

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A stunning display of dahlias in all colors, shapes and sizes.

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Beautiful displays of carnivorous plants.

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The incredible display of strawberries grew the plants along the very frame of the display, including from the overhead “gutters”.

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Pineberries were also on show!

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Nottingham University’s display looked at crops of the future, with food-producing green walls filled with lettuces, tomates and strawberries.

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The display also included trellis-grown sweet potatoes and strawberries.

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Gorgeous display of bromeliads.

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A robin claims a display of tulips as its territory.

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…. and a peek behind the scenes… rhs-chelsea-2013-4402a.jpg

Adding the finishing touches before the judges arrive.

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The Arthritis Research UK Garden.

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The evolution of wheelbarrows (surprisingly little has changed!).

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An army of wheelbarrows.

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Showgarden featuring a wall made from recycled shopping carts.

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