Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

That's Show Business ; Diary

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

That's Show Business ; Diary

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ONCE again it's show time. By the time you read this, the Hampton Court Flower Show will have celebrated its 25th anniversary and the 500th birthday of Hampton Court Palace itself.

I can't claim to have been around for the opening of the palace (although it was my 70th birthday recently) but I did exhibit at the first Hampton Court Flower Show. Initially it was quite unlike any other flower show - it wasn't run by the RHS for its first three years and it was just finding its feet.

We had just one day to prepare our exhibits and because it was a Royal Park, we had to vacate the premises early that evening. What a rush. I had a nasty fall trying to save my beautiful double-white Campanula persicifolia aptly named 'Boule de Neige'.

I saved them but not my knee and after trying to sleep that night in the van, it was double its usual size by the morning. …

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