Friday 6 December 2019

A rock garden with a difference as stars dig in

Guests at the Chelsea Flower Show Ringo Starr with wife Barbara Bach
Guests at the Chelsea Flower Show Ringo Starr with wife Barbara Bach
Chelsea pensioners stand on the multi-tiered garden by Diarmuid Gavin

ROCK and roll royalty turned up yesterday to support charity gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, with wife Barbara Bach at his side, formally opened the event's WaterAid garden while The Who frontman Roger Daltrey was at the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden as a patron of the charity.

Mr Daltrey admitted he was not much of a gardener.

He said: "My wife's a gardener, I don't do the garden. My garden's nothing like this. I like it wild."

Mr Starr demonstrated the clean water pumps that WaterAid provides for poor communities in developing countries as he opened its Herbert Smith garden in the show's artisan section.


"This is the simple apparatus you need," he said as water gushed from the pump into a bucket.

Mr Starr, who has supported WaterAid since 2003, was also presented with a traditional Malawian drum.

Other famous faces to visit yesterday included Ricky Gervais, Michael Caine and Cliff Richard.

The show, which has been held in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital since 1913, will be open to the public from today but special guests were able to get a sneak preview yesterday.

Running until Saturday, the flower show is expected to welcome some 157,000 visitors and touts are said to be selling tickets for a staggering £300 (€370) each.

Irish Independent

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