Matthew Wilson’s bowlike cedar-wood deck floats over a pool of shallow water
©Victoria Birkinshaw

A garden designer’s debut at Chelsea

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

Robin Lane Fox

‘Thinking of Peace’ garden by Tatyana Shynkarenko ©Tatyana Shynkarenko
What to look out for at this year’s flower show, from pineapple guava hedges to a ‘kaleidoscope’ of dahlias

Must-have plants and products

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

Robert Parsons at Askham Bryan College in York
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Chelsea Flower Show’s youngest exhibitor

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

Russell Page (left) and the Duke of Windsor at the Duke’s summer home in Paris
©Frank Scherschel

Tribute to Russell Page

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

Seedlings ready to be planted
©David Page Photography/Alamy

From a grower’s perspective

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

Illustration by Chris Wormell of a garden being constructed
©Chris Wormell

Older designers break new ground

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

Kamelia Bin Zaal (right) and Jo Thompson

Call to weed out the macho

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

Wisteria floribunda Macrobotrys
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The flowers and the glory

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

Artist’s image of Kim Wilkie’s garden at the Natural History Museum in London

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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