Alan Titchmarsh is 'besieged' by fans while a Bond girl soaks up the atmosphere at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016
From Dame Judi Dench to Monty Don, the Chelsea Flower Show 2016 is off to a belter of a start with a host of famous faces turning out for VIP and press day.
The annual gardening event attracts green-fingered fans from all over the world to see the incredible gardens competing for the much-lauded ‘Best in Show’ prize.
This year’s hopefuls include TV landscape gardener, Diarmuid Gavin who has created the British Eccentrics Garden for Harrods – complete with an orchestra playing ‘An English Country Garden’ and kinetic sculpture in the form of rotating trees and bouncing topiary balls.
The show is notorious for its creative and wacky exhibits, with designers always trying to create a buzz around their gardens.
Bond Girl and Miss Moneypenny actress, Naomie Harris made an appearance at the Burncoose Nursery exhibit to admire the beautiful blooms and pose for the cameras.
British fashion icon Sir Paul Smith was also spotted taking it all in. The designer has an avid interest in both flowers (check out his floral designs for a taster) and landscape gardening.
Great British Bake Off judge and cookery writer Mary Berry visited the show with her husband of over 50 years Paul Hunnings – with both of them being corralled into posing with the 80s TV aerobics personality Mr Motivator.
Newlywed power couple Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch also got the VIP treatment – with former model Jerry wearing an appropriately floral dress for the occasion.
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Garden designer Joe Swift (pictured above) will present the BBC’s coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Gardener’s World Live, giving behind the scenes reports on the people and gardens that make the show so special.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public on the 24th May and closes on Friday 28th May.
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