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Friday 24 May 2019

Diarmuid has a dig at 'incredibly dull' Chelsea Flower Show

Prince Harry underneath the Waratah flower studio. Fleming's Nurseries/PA Wire
Prince Harry underneath the Waratah flower studio. Fleming's Nurseries/PA Wire

OUTSPOKEN gardener Diarmuid Gavin has branded the Chelsea Flower Show "dull" and described Prince Harry's garden at the centenary exhibition as "bad".

The Dubliner is not exhibiting in the annual show this year, but he is acting as commentator for television stations.

Diarmuid (right) said he was bitterly disappointed after the exhibition opened yesterday.

"It's dull. It is unbelievable," he said.

"I've been coming to Chelsea since 1995. Chelsea is always exciting, it's always quite brilliant.

"(This year) it's incredibly dull, there's empty spaces. The gardens – they are just not great. None of them are that great. In its 100th year, it's a really great shame."

And Diarmuid didn't hold back when it came to criticising Prince Harry's charity garden. The Forget-me-not garden was designed by Jinny Blom to raise awareness of Harry's charity, which supports vulnerable children in Lesotho.

But Diarmuid was not impressed.

"The big garden everyone was waiting to see was Prince Harry's involvement in the garden," he said on RTE's Morning Ireland.

"To see such a senior member of the royal family take such an interest in a garden, especially a boy, was really quite something. All of that has huge influence over the population here. But the garden was bad," he said.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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