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Chelsea Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 16:12 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:00 20 February 2013

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley

CELEBRITIES were out in force at the Chelsea Flower Show on press day, ahead of the public opening on May 19.

CELEBRITIES were out in force at the Chelsea Flower Show on press day, ahead of the public opening on May 19.

Actors, chefs, singers and newsreaders were among the many faces being snapped as they toured the show gardens and gave their backing to the exhibitors.

Rod Stewart and model wife Penny Lancaster were at the event to support Norfolk-based Peter Beales Roses which launched its Highgrove rose, chosen by the Prince of Wales. Over at Hertfordshire's Harkness Roses Professor Robert Winston launched his new rose, while actors Stephen Fry, Alison Steadman and Susan Hampshire launched a new Equity rose.

Gary Rhodes gave his support to the Essex-based Grenada display which was later visited by Rolf Harris and his wife, while Lesley Joseph enjoyed the bonsai display from Bushukan Bonsai.

Cast members from the West End production of Calendar Girls - Patricia Hodge, Elaine C Smith and Julia Hills - were joined by six of the original Calendar Girls at their stand.

Helena Bonham-Carter and Bill Nighy enjoyed the sumptuous offerings from Buckinghamshire-based Laurent-Perrier Champagne while in the next door garden Sophie Ellis-Bextor learned about the Cancer Research UK garden.

Newsreaders and presenters included Sir Trevor McDonald, Moira Stuart, Jennie Bond, Floella Benjamin and James May while actors included Joanna Lumley, Hannah Gordon, Andrew Lincoln, Nigel Havers and Juliet Stevenson.

Singer Will Young tried out a garden swing seat for good measure, David Bellamy extolled the virtues of bees, while Barry Norman and Jo Brand enjoyed the sights of the show.


Photography by Chris Gladstone


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