We are in Philippa’s London “office”, which is the South Bank Centre in the Festival Hall, for a meeting with Mark Richardson who has taken on the role of contractor for our Chelsea garden- in other words Mark will build the garden for us. This may seem an unlikely venue for a business meeting but in fact it fits the bill very well- it’s spacious, airy and comfortable- people come here to read, to sleep, to chat and because there’s so much space the noise levels are low so that it’s a congenial place even for an intense two hours of discussion. Mark has built gardens at Chelsea before, so he knows that the time which we put in now in planning every detail can save a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth later on. And so we meticulously went through Philippa’s 24 point agenda, at the end of which I felt we’d done a good morning’s work. We have arranged to get together again next week- this time at Waddesdon manor, when we will all get to see their famed Aviary for the first time.