Andrew Bowman-Shaw reports from Chelsea

A great day at Chelsea yesterday. A fabulous tree display from Hilliers Nurseries with huge 20 year old Quercus robur on display ready for transportation. The Laurent-Perrier garden captivated particularly with interesting specimens of multistemmed Parrotia ( Persian ironwood) taking centre stage amongst a sea of subtle yet stunning planting. Apparently there are only 11 of the 35 year old Parrotias in the world. So it was a treat to see them at Chelsea. 

A general hum of chat about the challenges this very dry spring has posed to newly planted trees all over the country. Although everyone was enjoying the day in perfect summer sunshine, we all want RAIN!

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