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Digging for victory- Hillier hopes for 73rd Gold medal at gardening Oscars

The RHS Chelsea flower show starts next week- the highlight of the gardening year.

The world's greatest flower show attracts 165,000 visitors, including royalty and celebrities.

A Chelsea pensioner at last year's show Credit: PA

It's a mammoth effort to be ready in time, for all the exhibitors, especially with such unpredictable weather this year.

The Hampshire-based Hillier team, the most successful exhibitor in the show's history, is going for its 73rd consecutive gold medal.

But it doesn't just happen, as Rachel Hepworth reports:

Rachel spoke to garden designer Sarah Eberle, Hillier's technical manager Neil Robins and Commercial Nursery manager Charles Carr, and young artist Kieron Williamson

165,000 visitors are expected at the show next week Credit: PA
The Queen is expected to attend on Monday Credit: PA