Chelsea Flower Show: pick of the products

A selection of some of the garden essentials on offer, from the world’s most exclusive twine to a shepherd’s hut

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As Chelsea Flower Show gets under way, FT’s Jane Owen explores one of the unspoken tensions in the garden world. Can a compromise be reached?
Girls paddling in the Serpentine in 1911
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London’s lost river at Chelsea Flower Show

Designer Jo Thompson’s garden at this year’s event pays homage to the Westbourne, a river that runs under the showground itself

The M&G Garden by CleveWest at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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Is Chelsea Flower Show too . . .  showy?

This year’s headline-grabbing gardens feature anti-slavery messages, oak ‘metaphors’ and motorised hedges

Some hives that Nick Buttle kept with his late father
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Carpenter whose beehives sell worldwide

Inspired by his father’s concern for nature, Nick Buttle decided to use his joinery skills to create hives made from red cedar

A display at the Philadelphia Flower Show
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Philadelphia’s ‘Badlands’ turned green

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has used profits from its flower show to carry out extensive planting in neglected urban areas

Aliums growing on a traffic island on Westminster Bridge Road, London

How to ape the guerrilla gardeners

Chelsea Fringe Festival celebrates community gardening and horticultural stunts across the world, the quirkier the better

Invasion of the insects

Biosecurity ‘weaponry’ is helping to halt the global spread of non-native species, from rampaging caterpillars to giant hornets

Chelsea Flower Show: what to see in 2016

A selection of the best specimens to look out for at this year’s event

Illustration for ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Hablot Knight Browne
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Great gardens in literature

Plants have long been entwined with the literary canon, from symbols of romance and sexuality to political metaphor

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Matthew Wilson’s bowlike cedar-wood deck floats over a pool of shallow water
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A garden designer’s debut at Chelsea

Matthew Wilson defied geometry, linearity and exhaustion with his RBC water-conserving garden

Must-have plants and products

From giant apple sculptures and lightweight secateurs to birdbaths, compost and watering cans

Chelsea Flower Show’s youngest exhibitor

Nursery apprentice Robert Parson, 20, talks about his enthusiasm for tree ferns

Tribute to Russell Page

The undisputed world master of garden design from the 1950s until his death in 1985

From a grower’s perspective

The road to flower show can be rocky, characterised by weather worries and timing issues

Older designers break new ground

Cleve West on why we should celebrate mature career changers who have switched to garden design

Call to weed out the macho

More female designers are needed to focus on the show’s human element, says Sarah Eberle

The flowers and the glory

Jinny Blom picks out her all-time top 10 flowering plants, from wisteria to magnolia

New look for London museum

Redesign of grounds at the Natural History Museum will show how urban green spaces can aid wellbeing

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