Belfast Telegraph

Mary Berry gets her gardening gloves on for the Chelsea Flower Show

The TV cook will join Chris Evans to celebrate the best of healthy British produce.

TV chef Mary Berry is turning her attention from the kitchen to the garden this spring as she takes part in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

She will join BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans to create a garden that celebrates the nation’s favourites in fresh, home-grown produce.

It will come as part of a collection of special exhibits organised by the channel to mark its 50th anniversary.

Speaking of her work on The Chris Evans Taste Garden, designed by Jon Wheatley, the former Great British Bake Off judge said: “The garden is bursting with delicious and tasty plants to whet the appetite and help you feel good by enhancing your lifestyle and health and well-being.

“It’s great to be working with Chris Evans to celebrate the tastiest plants growing in the UK today.

“I love RHS Chelsea Flower Show and grow my own vegetables at home, so I’m extremely excited about Jon Wheatley’s allotment garden design.”

Chris added: “I’m beyond thrilled to be taking the Radio 2 Breakfast Show to Chelsea in May and to work with Mary Berry on one of the Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens.”

“We’re going al fresco and gardening bonkers for a very special show at the world’s most prestigious horticultural happening. We cannot wait.”

Each garden will be named after one of the station’s most famous presenters and will specialise in bringing visitors a special sensory experience.

They will be featured as part of a special Radio 2 programme broadcasting the event on May 22.

Other gardens in the group include…

::The Jo Whiley Scent Garden, designed by Tamara Bridge and Kate Savill with contributions from fragrance expert Jo Malone.

::The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden designed by Sarah Raven with help from interior designer Tricia Guild OBE.

::The Jeremy Vine Texture Garden designed by Matt Keightley.

::The Zoe Ball Listening Garden designed by James Alexander-Sinclair.

Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said: “Growing plants and gardens help us to feel better both physically and mentally.

“We spend too long at our computers or on our phones; these gardens are a reminder that we need to give our senses a treat, get out into the garden and get close to nature.”


From Belfast Telegraph