Grand designs at Chelsea

There were many 'grand concepts' at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, but Diarmuid Gavin's seven-storey pyramid with a tubular chute stole the show, writes Ros Drinkwater.

26th May, 2012
A car is put to green-fingered use. Photo: Ros Drinkwater

It was the coup de theatre at Chelsea 2012, a photo op at Diarmuid Gavin's Westland Magical Garden: 65 Chelsea Pensioners resplendent in scarlet coats, chests bristling with medals, all happy to oblige Gavin by populating his pyramid.

It was a sight to behold. Octogenarians and nonagenarians (unfazed by having nothing separating them from the ground four floors below but scaffolding and a few planks of wood) gamely pushed their way through the jungle of foliage to...

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