From Kinghorn to Chelsea for flower show

One of Kinghorn's boat gardens going to Chelsea Flower show
One of Kinghorn's boat gardens going to Chelsea Flower show

A little bit of Fife lands in London this summer when Kinghorn in Bloom features in an exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Fife gardeners, from St Monans and Falkland as well as Kinghorn, will join forces with a team from the south-west of England to create a garden celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign.

Kinghorn in Bloom chairman Suzanne Gilfeather is excited about the opportunity to take part in the world-famous show.

Despite planning more than a year ahead, the Fife team will have just five days to build the garden at Chelsea.

“I think it will be back-breaking,” she anticipated, “with 12-hour days building the stand and then staffing it for the duration of the show.

“Our thing in Kinghorn is floral boats,” Suzanne said, “and we’ll be taking one to Chelsea.”

Suzanne wants to promote Fife to visitors: “Chelsea is an excellent place to encourage people to visit and go beyond the usual Fife tourist spots and bring money into the local economy.

“It will also be a real learning experience to bring back to the gardening communities across the county.”

Falkland garden designer Keith Jackson, who runs the Beautiful Fife campaign for Fife Council, is heading to Chelsea as a volunteer gardener.

He shares Suzanne’s view that it will be an educational experience.

He believes that community gardening is a way of uniting not just individual communities but a way of bringing those communities together and he is delighted that the Chelsea venture has united three different villages.

He said: “Community horticulture is not just about improving your own environment but engaging and encouraging other communities.”

Keith added: “Chelsea will be good experience for the Gardening Scotland Show where we will be recreating the garden.”

And that new expertise will come into play just a week after Chelsea.

As soon as it ends on a Saturday they will be packing up the stand to bring it to Edinburgh to start building for Gardening Scotland scheduled to open less than a week later.

The Chelsea Flower Show runs from May 20-24 and Gardening Scotland is at Ingliston from May 30-June 1.