It’s a real pleasure to be back in Huis Ten Bosch, 4 months after the Gardening World Cup, on a clear crisp day to see how our gardens are getting on. The original idea was to take the gardens down straight after the event, as happens in all other shows. But the display proved to be so popular that the decision was made to leave them for a few more weeks which, in the event, has turned into four months.
I was in some trepidation as to what my garden would look like, as all the white flowers which we had sourced so carefully will have gone over and I had no idea what, if anything, had been done to replace them. In the event there was no need to be worried at all. All the flowers had been replaced and although the replacements weren’t white, as the original design had dictated, they looked splendid. Remarkably, the white marble paths were shining just as brightly as they had done on the opening day.
The other gardens, too, have been well looked after. I was very impressed with Nico’s and Ben’s which looked just as good as on the day of judging. But, regrettably, they can’t stay there for ever and all the gardens will be removed and replaced by grass by the end of this month, in preparation for the Tulip Festival, which is a major annual event at Huis Ten Bosch.