BBC Two, Great Chelsea Garden Challenge

James Alexander-Sinclair, Joe Swift, Ann-Marie Powell

BBC Two is to air a new gardening competition show in which participants can win the chance to have their work featured at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge will see Joe Swift mentor six amateur designers as they create show gardens to different briefs, on a limited budget and within a four day period. The competitors will be aiming to win over RHS Judge James Alexander Sinclair and a Gold medal winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell with their designs.

They will be judged on how well they have met the brief, their horticultural knowledge, design skill and the sense of theatre that the garden brings. The winner will get to build and design a garden feature on Main Avenue at the world-famous gardening show.

Filming is to take place at a number of locations across the country including RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Sudeley Castle, Painswick Gardens and RHS Garden Wisley. The beeb have worked with the Royal Horticultural Society on the project which they note is the first of its kind.

The series will be presented by Gardeners’ World personality Swift and broadcast on BBC Two in May. Viewers will be able to follow the progress of the winner as part of the BBC’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 coverage.

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