Designer reaches for the sky with Chelsea garden

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The world’s most famous flower show will reach new heights this year with a garden in the sky.

But the unseasonably warm weather has presented some creators – like many gardeners across the country – with a challenge as they make their designs a reality.

An Avatar-inspired garden that lifts people 25 metres into the air by crane will be among the highlights as exhibitors unveil their creations at the Chelsea Flower Show today.

They spent the weekend putting the finishing touches to the 17 show gardens, 15 small gardens and hundreds of exhibits.

Designer Diarmuid Gavin said he hoped his Irish sky garden would “grab some attention” and show that his country had “a little bit of imagination”.

The Dubliner added: “It’s a hanging garden or a flying garden – the first garden truly in the sky at Chelsea.”

After fears 12 months ago that unseasonal frosts would lead to a less colourful show, this year’s warm weather is concerning gardeners hoping to win a coveted gold medal.

Patrick Collins, co-designer of the B&Q garden, said: “We’ve had to make a few changes to the original planting design because of the weather. We’ve had less choice of roses and lost some of our bulbs which came too early.”

And Olivia Kirk, designer of Worcester Bosch Group’s garden, said she had been forced to replace irises that flowered too early with salvias.