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Alan Titchmarsh leaves BBC's Chelsea Flower Show

Presenter Alan Titchmarsh is stepping down from the BBC's Chelsea Flower Show coverage after 30 years as its host.

Alan Titchmarsh Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The gardening guru decided to leave the show after a revamp of broadcasts from the event.

"I really enjoyed my 30 years of presenting Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the BBC and wish the new team every success," Mr Titchmarsh, 64, said.

He has increasingly turned his attentions away from the BBC, with an afternoon ITV chat show and a series on Classic FM following his departure from BBC Radio 2.

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Chelsea Flower Show preview attracts celebrities

Celebrities have been given a sneak preview of this year's Chelsea Flower Show, ahead of its public opening. The Queen will also make a special visit later today.

Joanna Lumley poses in front of the M&S stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: PA
Dame Helen Mirren attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: PA
Ringo Starr at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: PA
Emilia Fox at The B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden. Credit: PA

Celebrities attend Chelsea Flower Show

Celebrities have flocked to the world's most famous flower show for a sneak preview ahead of the Queen's official visit. The Chelsea Flower Show marks its centenary this year.

I love gardening but I don't have as much time to do it as I'd like - but I'm massive on veg. When you're a chef, the closer you get to nature the better.

– Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

It's heart-breakingly beautiful in every way - it has simplicity but it also has symbolic patterns. It's so delicate.

– Actress Emilia Fox

I'm taking gnome art in a new direction. The establishment aren't happy, but I didn't play by the rules. I'm the Damien Hirst of the gnome art world.

– Comic Rob Brydon

Chelsea Flower Show gnomes to be sold on eBay

Gnomes, appearing at the Chelsea Flower Show for the first, will be sold on auction site eBay to raise money for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

The decorated figures will all be auctioned off on eBay from today to raise money for the £1 million RHS Centenary Appeal, marking 100 years since the first Chelsea Flower Show.

The gnomes have been designed by celebrities including Elton John and Dame Helen Mirren. Credit: eBay
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Pictures: Midlands entries at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

A Birmingham entry at The Chelsea Flower Show Credit: ITV News Central
The RHS Great Spring Show was first held in the now vanished RHS garden in Kensington in 1862. Credit: ITV News Central
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913 Credit: ITV News Central
Of the firms that exhibited at the first Show in 1913, only two are still showing: McBean’s Orchids, and Blackmore and Langdon. Credit: ITV News Central
It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family. Credit: ITV News Central
Garden gnomes have returned to the show for the first time in 100 years, with some designed by celebrities Credit: ITV News Central

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Beatle visits RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Ringo Starr speaks to exhibitors at RHS Chelsea Flower Show Credit: ITV News/ Amanda Piper

Flower growers from the South of England are putting their best blooms on display at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Exhibitors were very pleased to have a special visit from the former Beatle Ringo Starr.

This crocodile hides in foliage in the Hillier's exhibit Credit: ITV News/ Amanda Piper

Chelsea Flower Show facts

  • The RHS Great Spring Show was first held in the now vanished RHS garden in Kensington in 1862.
  • Between 1888 and 1911 it was held in the Temple Gardens. It moved to its current site at Chelsea Hospital in 1913.
  • The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.
  • Of the firms that exhibited at the first Show in 1913, only two are still showing: McBean’s Orchids, and Blackmore and Langdon.
  • It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family.
  • The Chelsea rules forbid the use of coloured sculptures. So garden gnomes have been forbidden throughout its history.

Queen to visit Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen, as Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, will today attend a sneak preview of the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Queen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1971. Credit: @BritishMonarchy

The Chelsea Flower Show has become a regular fixture in the Royal calendar since it was first held in 1913. Since then it has been an annual event and takes place in late May.

The aim of the exhibitions is to encourage amateur gardeners of all standards to try to achieve similar displays in their own gardens.

One of the most outstanding displays in the shows history was the Coronation Empire Exhibition in 1937.

Created to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI, exhibits included plants representing different parts of the Commonwealth.

Gnomes steal the limelight at Chelsea Flower Show

More than 100 gnomes have been decorated by artists and celebrities including Sir Elton John and Dame Helen Mirren to mark the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show.

The gnomes will be displayed at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: PA
The Queen will be given a sneak preview of the flower show today. Credit: PA
It is the first time in 100 years that gnomes have been allowed at the event. Credit: PA
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