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Queen to visit RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show lin 2014. Credit: PA

The Queen will be one of the first people to visit the Chelsea Flower Show today, as the finest horticulturalists from all over the world exhibit their immaculately designed gardens.

Home-grown talent will vie with designers from as far afield as Australia and Dubai to win the coveted title of best show garden at the world-renowned exhibition.

And for the first time in its century-long history, an amateur will compete with professionals for the award.

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'Old and modern war' theme for Chelsea Flower Show

Organisers of this year's Chelsea Flower Show are hoping this year's theme will come up roses with contestants, who are being asked to cast their eye over history for inspiration.

Veteran Chelsea BBC presenter Alan Titchmarsh will return as an entrant to Chelsea flower show for the first time for 30 years. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

The Chelsea Flower Show will mark the centenary of the First World War by asking entrants to arrange flowers around the theme of old and new conflicts.

Designers have drawn on family experiences of war from the Somme to Afghanistan to create displays for this week's show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

No Man's Land: ABF The Soldiers' Charity Garden to mark the centenary of the First World War represents a landscape marked by the fighting in northern France, including trenches, a mine crater pond and the yew trees found in war cemeteries.

Titchmarsh 'hurt' by BBC over Chelsea Flower Show snub

Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh has admitted he was "hurt" by the BBC's decision to sideline him in this year's Chelsea Flower Show programming - saying he was made "an offer I had to refuse", he told the Radio Times.

Titchmarsh, 65, who has been replaced by Monty Don admitted:

"Yes, I suppose I was hurt, because I know people enjoy you doing it as much as I loved doing it.

Titchmarsh returns with a feature garden at this years show. Credit: Matt Faber/PA Wire

"But they probably felt it was time for a change and may well be right. Was I dumped for Monty Don? You might say that. I couldn't possibly comment. I don't feel dumped."

It was announced last year that Titchmarsh was leaving the show, with the BBC saying in a statement: "The way the Chelsea coverage will be presented across the BBC has changed for 2014, and Alan decided to step away from next year's show."

Titchmarsh told Radio Times: "I'm not bitter. I was disappointed but I'm not a grudge-bearer. You have to move on."

This year, Titchmarsh has created a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden for Chelsea and the BBC has booked him for an interview to talk about his creation for the Britain In Bloom scheme.

Alan Titchmarsh returns to the Chelsea flower show

After almost 30 years, top gardener and TV presenter has said that the Chelsea Flower Show "doesn't get more demanding," after marking 50 years in horticulture.

Titchmarsh returns with a feature garden at this years show. Credit: Matt Faber/PA Wire

Titchmarsh will this year be designing a feature garden at the world famous flower show for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom scheme, which is also celebrating its half century.

"I've got a great team. When you build a garden at Chelsea you're working with the big boys, it doesn't get more demanding, more testing than this. I want to give it the best shot," he said.

The garden follows a journey in horticulture from his birthplace in Yorkshire to the coast of the Isle of Wight where he has a home and garden.

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