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RHS Chelsea: Hillier’s Spring Garden

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Hillier's Spring Garden
Hillier's Spring Garden 3D design at RHS Chelsea 2017 by Sarah Eberle. Picture;

Leave a gardening memory in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust

Pocket Handkerchief tree
The Pocket Handkerchief tree, which serves as Hillier’s Memory Tree

Visitors at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show are invited to play their part in Chelsea history by leaving a lasting memory in the Hillier show garden.

Hillier is aiming for its 72nd consecutive Gold medal with Hillier’s Spring, designed by Sarah Eberle, which features a 4.3m high metallic spring.

At the heart of the huge exhibit in the Great Pavilion stands a Pocket Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), fluttering with something even more unusual than its flowers.

Hillier is opening part of its show garden to the public and visitors can attach their favourite garden memory to its ‘Memory Tree’.

Chris Francis, wholesale and retail director of Hillier, said: “At Hillier, we have decades worth of great memories connected to Chelsea. The Memory Tree in our exhibit is a way of celebrating this and also inviting others to share their garden-related memories.

Hang a copper memory

“Visitors to our exhibit are welcome to add their memory to the book that we will keep below the Davidia involucrata and to also sign and hang special copper tags on the tree.

“By the end of the show week, we hope to have a book packed full of gardening memories and a tree covered with tags.”

Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh, the first person to place his gardening memory on the tree

The tree is also known as a ‘Dove Tree’ or ‘Ghost Tree’ because of its amazing white flowers hanging from the underside of the branches.

The Memory Tree is being supported by Hillier’s charity partner, the Wessex Cancer Trust. Its long-term supporter, Alan Titchmarsh, will be the first person to place their garden memory on the tree.

Other celebrities and garden designers will also leave a memory on the tree on wooden tags, which will be auctioned after the show to raise funds for the Trust.

For more information on the show garden, visit www.hillier.co.uk. To join the conversation, search on Twitter using #HillierChelsea17 and follow @HillierGarden.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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