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Alan Titchmarsh: 'Chelsea is better than ever – it sets the trends'

21 May 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Alan Titchmarsh's love of the flower show is still blooming after 30 years covering it for the BBC

Alan Titchmarsh calls a spade a spade – a puzzling phrase, what else would you call it? Having said that, they probably do have other names for spades at the Chelsea Flower Show – known for its pretentious flourishes as much as its high horticultural standards. Might Chelsea nowadays clash with Titchmarsh's hardy, down-to-earth Yorkshire approach? Apparently not: Britain's best-known television gardener has been covering Chelsea for the BBC for almost 30 years (he winces when reminded of this). And his enthusiasm, although professional, is unfeigned. I find myself, slightly to my surprise, warming to his sunny-side-up personality. He argues that the standard of gardening at Chelsea, always good, is better than ever and he reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada, where "Anne Hathaway laughs about the colour of a belt and Meryl Streep »

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