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Chelsea Flower Show: Queen gets first look at displays

By Kate Ferguson

Published 18/05/2015

Final preparations are made to Prince Harry's Sentebale Garden
Final preparations are made to Prince Harry's Sentebale Garden

The Queen and celebrities will enjoy their first glimpse of the Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow, as the finest horticulturalists from all over the world exhibit their immaculately designed gardens.

Home-grown talent will vie with designers from as far afield as Australia and Dubai to win the coveted title of best show garden at the world-renowned exhibition.

And for the first time in its century-long history, an amateur will compete with professionals for the award.

Sean Murray, a nurse from Ashington in Northumberland, claimed his spot on the main bloom-lined boulevard after winning the BBC's Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.

Also hoping to get the royal seal of approval is designer Matt Keightley (30), who has created a Southern-African-themed garden for Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Prince Harry which helps poor children in the small kingdom of Lesotho. Around 165,000 people are expected to visit the Chelsea show this year which runs until Saturday.

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