Chelsea ready to bloom as poll finds many are poor gardeners
As the world famous Chelsea Flower Show prepares to open its gates, new research suggests many people who grow plants do not think of themselves as gardeners.
A survey for the Royal Horticultural Society found that almost four-fifths of people grow plants outside or inside, but a quarter of those (26%) do not describe themselves as a gardener.
The poll also revealed a lack of knowledge about gardening, with less than half (43%) knowing daffodil bulbs are planted in the autumn, 28% not knowing how a pumpkin grows and half not able to name a single garden shrub. But many want to know more about plants and gardening, the Ipsos Mori poll of 2,004 people found.
It comes as celebrities and members of the royal family are set to get the first glimpse of this year's sell-out Chelsea Flower Show before the event opens to the public tomorrow.