I was lucky enough to be given a ticket to press day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It was amazing, if a little chilly, so it was a a huge stroke of luck that there was a deliciously warm AGA cooker to snuggle up to.
In fact, on show for the very first time was the all new AGA iTotal Control, set in an amazing orangery built by The English Glasshouse.
The stand – which won a Certificate of Merit for Presentation – was a hub of activity.
Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston cooked the most amazing treats, including mini breakfasts and truffled scrambled eggs – the latter being, quite honestly, the very best thing I’ve ever tasted.
The orangery and garden were constantly crowded with press and guests and I got to meet some amazing people, including the legendary John Hurt, Ringo Star and his wife, the beautiful actress Geraldine Somerville. We even had a visit from a god – Mercury the Interflora mascot popped in for a bite to eat, as did award-winning florist David Ragg who designed Interflora’s medal-winning installation.
We also caught up with newsreaders Mary Nightingale and Sophie Raworth and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen popped in with his heavenly wife and had everyone in stitches for at least 20 minutes.
No one could quite believe this enormous orangery had been built – with the Bryan Turner kitchen fitted, the floors laid, the walls decorated, an AGA cooker, fridge and wine cooler installed and the interior beautifully designed – all within 10 days.
If you are going to the Chelsea Flower Show this week, do pop along to The English Glasshouse stand, which is number WA7. If you can’t make it, then I hope you enjoy the pictures.