Ringo at the Chelsea Flower Show (May 20th 2013)
This afternoon Prince Harry showed his grandparents The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh around the B&Q Sentable Forget-Me-Not showgarden, designed by Jinny Blom, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea show ground.
Her garden represents the mountainous landscape, with a tribal house and roundhouse, but although the planting around the edge was absolutely beautiful the overall impression was quite bleak – which could have been deliberate. After all, children living in poverty as victims of HIV or AIDS is pretty bleak.
So it was all the more uplifting to visit the Artisan Gardens section where Garden For WaterAid was a blaze of colour and interest while still managing to tell the story of the need for rain water harvesting and communal taps in India.
And as uplifting as ever was veteran RHS Chelsea visitor Ringo Star, who officially launched the garden with the comment: “I’d like to congratulate the RHS on its 100 years. I was here the first year! (Not really).”
Surrounded by marigolds, roses and jasmine – the three most important flowers in Indian culture because they are used for making garlands and extracting natural oils – he happily admitted he was “more of a great pointer than a great gardener” because he just points to things and tells his gardener what he wants.
“My gnomes are very busy tidying up right now,” he joked, with a refernce to the RHS allowing garden gnomes into Chelsea for the first time ever.
Ringo, the Beatles’ drummer, has been visiting RHS Chelsea for around 15 years, and said: “I was introduced to Chelsea by my friend George Harrison, a crazy gardener. I picked it up from him.
“Where I grew up, we didn’t have a garden, so I’ve only been interested in the years since I first bought a house in 1965.”
His biggest thrill, he said, was “when we dug up the first potatoes. It was one of the best memories. Potatoes are my favourite vegetable – for George it would have been something exotic”.
Dressed in black with a garland of tagetes around his neck, he was also keen to talk about his passion for WaterAid: “I truly believe that everybody should have drinkable water. Thousands of children die every year because they don’t have clean water. Children don’t deserve that. They can’t protect themselves. Their parents are doing their best and now WaterAid is trying to help.”
READ MORE читать далее…