The Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show turns 100 this year, but not without controversy. Turns out designer Christopher Bradley-Hole, who didn't win a top medal at Chelsea this year, is protesting the judging, saying that the solar panels in the winning Australian garden are ugly and that the planting is unsubtle. He feels the judging was 'unfair". Check out the article here in the The Telegraph,
While this might just be sour grapes, I agree with Bradley-Hole's assertion that "the prize is subjective and should be scrapped or replaced by a 'Judges' Choice' award that is more honest about the fact it is a matter of opinion rather than the “best” garden."
I always have trouble with the judging at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, even though I've participated in handing out one of the awards for the past dozen years or so. There are so many innovative, wonderful, and beautiful parts of so many of the gardens, and people have worked so lovingly to create them, you just want to award everyone a medal for creativity, guts and hard work. Maybe we could get past judging gardens and appreciate them for the creator's intention and innovation? Their vision?
And the New York Times has a story about garden touring "From Brooklyn to Seattle", that includes a Historic Seattle's Open To View on August 25th....but mostly it's just fun to read about the variety and richness (two meanings of that word!) of gardens and houses open around the country.