Jamie at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Jamie joined hordes of gardening and design fans at the 2013 Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

One of the gardens – for Gaze Burvill garden furniture designers – included Jamie’s Wood Fired Oven and he took time out to cook some flatbreads for the press and to chat all about it.

Even the Queen strolled past the stand while chef Dennis cooked up a rosemary flat.

The garden was situated in the main avenue near the show marquee, and famous visitors popping in and enjoying the food and beautiful furniture included Sir Paul Smith, Alan Titchmarsh and Kirsty Allsopp.

Jamie’s Wood Fired Ovens make an amazing addition to any serious cook’s garden, and the range includes the new Italian Designed Dome 60, so they look good as well.

Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food episode 7 2018

Jamie cooks up some spicy lamb kofta flatbreads, a Spanish broad bean salad with manchego,Gnarly peanut chicken, and peach and almond Alaska.

Jamie Oliver returns with more simple but mouth-watering recipes. These crazy-delicious recipes are so quick and easy, it’s outrageous.

Gnarly peanut chicken

Gnarly peanut chicken


Turn the grill on to medium-high. Score the chicken breasts in a criss-cross fashion, rub with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and the finely grated zest of 1 lime. Place criss-cross side down in a cold 26cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan and put it on a medium-high heat, while you peel and finely grate the garlic into a bowl. Squeeze in the juice from 1½ limes, stir in the peanut butter and loosen with enough water to give you a spoonable consistency. Finely slice the chilli, then mix (as much as you dare!) through the sauce, taste and season to perfection.

Flip the chicken over, spoon over the sauce, then transfer to the grill, roughly 10cm from the heat, for 5 minutes, or until gnarly and cooked through. Finely grate over the remaining lime zest, then drizzle with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with lime wedges, for squeezing over.

Peach & almond Alaska

Peach & almond Alaska


Preheat the grill to high. Toast the almonds on a tray as it heats up, keeping a close eye on them and removing as soon as lightly golden. Slice up the peaches and divide between four ovenproof bowls, along with their juice. Sit a nice round scoop of ice cream on top of each, and place in the freezer.

Separate the eggs. Put the whites into the bowl of a free-standing mixer (save the yolks for another recipe), add a pinch of sea salt and whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks (you could use an electric hand whisk). With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar until combined. Spoon into a piping bag (I like a star-shaped nozzle) or a large sandwich bag that you can snip the corner off.

Remove the bowls from the freezer and scatter over the toasted almonds. Pipe the meringue over the ice cream as delicately or roughly as you like. Now – I work two at a time to retain maximum control – pop the bowls under the grill for just 2 minutes, or until golden. Remove carefully and serve right away.

Lamb kofta flatbreads

Lamb kofta flatbreads


Put a griddle pan on a high heat. Scrunch the minced lamb and harissa in your clean hands until well mixed. Divide into 6 pieces, then shape into koftas with your fingertips, leaving dents in the surface to increase the gnarly bits as they cook. Griddle for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until sizzling and golden.

Meanwhile, shred the red cabbage as finely as you can. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, then scrunch together to quickly pickle it.

Warm your tortillas or flatbreads, sprinkle over the cabbage, spoon over the cottage cheese, add the koftas, drizzle with a little extra harissa, and tuck in.

Broad bean salad

Broad bean salad


Boil the beans in a pan of boiling salted water for 3 minutes, then drain and pinch the skins off any larger beans. Toast the almonds in a dry griddle pan on a medium heat until lightly golden, tossing regularly, then remove and finely slice.

Drain the peppers and open out flat, then char on the hot griddle until bar-marked on one side only. Remove and slice 1cm thick. Finely slice the parsley stalks, pick the leaves, then toss with the broad beans, peppers, 1½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon each of red wine vinegar and brine from the pepper jar. Taste, season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper, and divide between your plates.

Finely shave over the cheese with a speed-peeler, drizzle with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, scatter over the almonds, and serve.

15 fascinating facts about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious show in the world. As the highlight of the horticultural calendar, RHS Chelsea is the place to see cutting-edge garden design, breathtaking floral displays and new, genius garden gadgetry, with some 168,000 visitors attending the show each year.

Hortus Loci's show plant manager, Jamie Butterworth, once described Chelsea as 'the World Cup of gardening', explaining: 'I love the pressure, the adrenaline. You work for as long as you can, as hard as you can, then you go to the pub afterwards. It's the World Cup of gardening.'

The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. But what else is there to know?

It was first called the RHS Great Spring Show in 1862 after launching in a large tent at the now-vanished RHS garden in Kensington. Between 1888 and 1911 it was held in the Temple Gardens on the banks of the Thames before moving to its current site at Chelsea Hospital in 1913.

A rock garden was the first type of Show Garden to appear at Chelsea in the 1920s. Between the two world wars, rock gardens were probably the most popular feature of the show, drawing large crowds. In 1980, there were only eight Show Gardens at Chelsea. This had more than doubled by 1985.

(Pictured: Rock garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Date: 1938).

In 1919, the Government demanded that the RHS pay an Entertainment Tax for the show &ndash but with resources already strained, it threatened Chelsea. However, this was wavered once the RHS convinced the Government that the show had educational benefit.

The Great Marquee, which was first put up in 1951, was named in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest tent (3½ acres). In 2000 it was replaced by the current modular structure but the remains of the old tent were put to good use &ndash it was cut up and used to make 7,000 bags, aprons, and jackets!

It may be the most prestigious but it isn't the largest &ndash that accolade actually goes to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, previously named the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Television presenter James May made a garden entirely from plasticine for RHS Chelsea in 2009, consisting of two and a half tonnes of plasticine, in 24 colours, moulded into an English cottage-style garden with a twist. It failed to win any awards, but protest was averted when James was presented with an &lsquoRHS Gold Medal&rsquo made of plasticine.

(Pictured: James May's Paradise in Plasticine Garden)

The Great Pavilion is 12,000m2, almost 3 acres, and the average size of 3,230 British gardens.

The Chelsea Flower Show celebrated its 100th birthday in May 2013, and to mark the occasion, the Chelsea Plant of the Year became the Chelsea Plant of the Centenary &ndash with Geranium &lsquoRozanne&rsquo (introduced by Blooms of Bressingham) winning the crown.

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Garden gnomes have been forbidden throughout RHS Chelsea's history, but in 2013 the ban was temporarily lifted on the show's centenary year. Well-known faces &ndash including Elton John, Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Mary Berry and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen &ndash painted gnomes to sell for charity.

In 1932 the rain at the show was so severe that a summer house display fell to pieces. One year when it was very wet, an exhibitor named it 'The Chelsea Shower Flow'.

Show Gardens are built from scratch in 19 days and dismantled in 5 days. Over 2,000 tonnes of earth is moved in preparation for the show. Among the Show Gardens this year, the deepest excavation is the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at 1.7m, and the tallest structure is a tree in the Resilience Garden by Sarah Eberle which stands at 11m.

Apparently, garden designers face getting the Chelsea flu every year. Garden designer Nina Baxter once told The Guardian: 'It is difficult to concentrate with lorries continually going past, and when people are stone-cutting, you get covered in dust. But the worst thing is when the plane trees on Main Avenue dump their pollen. It's horrible: you get it in the back of your throat and in your eyes &ndash they call it Chelsea flu. Everyone hopes for a big strong wind overnight so it takes it off the trees all in one go.'

There are over 500 exhibitors from all around the world including Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and Space to Grow Gardens. There's also almost 100 exhibits in the Great Pavilion, predominantly from nurseries and florists, and over 250 shopping stands.

Gardens: It takes 14 judges and 2 moderators, 25 hours to judge and assess all gardens at the show.

Great Pavilion: It takes 50 judges and 4 moderators, 3 hours to judge all the exhibits in the Great Pavilion.

Staff serve up 32,145 pints of Pimms for the show week catering, as well as: 9,051 glasses of Fortnum & Mason champagne, 11,192 portions of fish and chips, a combined total of 42,328 hot drinks and 600+ seafood platters.

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Little black book: Jamie Butterworth, plantsman

At the age of 16, Jamie Butterworth , now 23, was a finalist in the BBC’s Young Gardener of the Year contest. He has since become a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ambassador and the horticultural consultant for bespoke paving and patio company London Stone . From 2015 to 2017, he was show plant manager at Hortus Loci nursery in Hampshire, southern England, which supplied six gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens. He is a founding member of YoungHort , a scheme to develop talented young gardeners.

What initially drew you to gardening and horticulture?

I’ve had a passion for plants since I was nine, after watching [BBC show] Gardeners’ World . [Presenter] Monty Don was sowing seeds at the time. I still remember the excitement of watching a seed germinate and flower. It was only a cornflower, but to a nine-year-old it was real-life magic.

How would you characterise your style?

Relaxed, informal, fun. For me, gardening is all about enjoying it. As an industry, horticulture has quite a stigma. We’re seen as an industry of outdoor cleaners, in part thanks to comments by [then UK prime minister] David Cameron in 2011 when he grouped gardeners alongside litter-pickers. It couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding and it’s so much more than weeding or cutting the grass.

Name your top three influences

Chef Jamie Oliver , because of the way he has brought cooking and baking to the masses, showing that it doesn’t have to be scary or daunting, and by relaxing the rules, playing with ingredients — exactly the sort of thing we need in horticulture. James Alexander-Sinclair , the garden designer and broadcaster, is someone I idolise. He is such a talented and inspiring plantsman. And third, Sue Biggs, director-general of the RHS, is a huge inspiration.

Hortus Loci nursery

What has been your favourite project?

Cleve West’s 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for headline sponsor M&G Investments. It was a masterclass in garden design and planting plans.

If you weren’t allowed, who would design your garden for you?

Harris Bugg Studio , which is run by two RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning designers, Hugo Bugg and Charlotte Harris. I am a huge fan of the gardens they create, and I have had the privilege of working with them both on their last few Chelsea gardens. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness of their designs is simply phenomenal.

Is there anyone in your field that you particularly admire?

Garden designer Matt Keightley . I’ve worked with Matt on several of his projects. He first let me work on his planting team at Chelsea in 2014 on his Help for Heroes garden. He’s one of my favourite garden designers as he is constantly finding new and exciting ways to use materials.

Matt Keightley’s 2015 Chelsea Flower Show garden

What is the one object you would never allow in a garden?

Plastic plants. I appreciate that there is a place for them, but plants have adapted over millions of years to grow in the toughest of environments and do all sorts of things, from reducing pollution to alleviating stress.

Strangest project/object/request you have ever had?

Jo Thompson ’s Saga cruise ship. The brief was to create a vegetable garden to go on the top deck of a Saga cruise ship heading to the Canary Islands for 14 days. We had to choose, grow, and install a range of plants that would look good in Britain in October but also withstand the salt and arduous conditions at sea, and then the heat of the Canary Islands.

Jo Thompson’s 2016 Chelsea Flower Show garden

What do you look for in a client?

Someone who will consider all options, and comes in with a flexible approach to using different materials and plants.

Could you name a favourite garden?

RHS Garden Wisley . I have a personal connection, having trained there, but also because Wisley is going through a transformation and I can’t wait to see the result. The garden’s incredible woodland on Battleston Hill is my favourite part. At this time of year, there is nowhere I’d rather be.

RHS Garden Wisley

What is the best way you’ve found to incorporate hard and soft landscaping together?

Better education for hard landscapers in plants, and vice versa. The better educated we all are, and the greater respect we have for what everyone else does, the more beautiful gardens we can all create.

What are young gardeners doing differently to their older counterparts?

Relaxing the rules. Yes, there is always a “right way” to grow plants, but for me, it’s much more about just giving it a go.

Which plant do you turn to most often?

Sanguisorba, a versatile perennial, which is ideal for most gardens. “Sangui” means red “sorba” means to soak. It was initially used as a medicinal plant the roots were applied to wounds to stop bleeding. They are commonly called “Bobble Heads” as they tend to bobble around in the wind. Drifted through other herbaceous plants, they are truly stunning. My favourite is S. “Cangshan Cranberry”.


Given that more people live in cities and are pressed for space, if you had a small city roof garden, what would you do?

I live in a small one-bed, north-facing apartment in Hook [in southern England] — not ideal for an avid plantsman! However, what it has taught me is that no matter how little space you have, you can always grow something. Even if all you have is a balcony, patio or windowsill, be clever and use plants that work for you and look good for months on end. You don’t need to have a garden to garden.

What do you see as the overriding trend in your field at the moment (even if you don’t subscribe to it)?

Gardening and growing in small spaces. Nearly 40 per cent of the British population live in rented accommodation, so we need to look at ways to appeal to Generation Rent. At the RHS Malvern Spring Festival I will be curating a new show garden category all about gardening in small spaces called Green Living Spaces , which I am really excited about.

The Salad Deck by Andy Benning for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018

Jamie Durie offends Prince Philip at Chelsea Flower Show

CELEBRITY gardener Jamie Durie may have won at London's Chelsea Flower Show, but he didn't score many points with Prince Philip after daring to correct him.

CELEBRITY gardener Jamie Durie may have won at London's Chelsea Flower Show, but he didn't score many points with Prince Philip after daring to correct him.

Gorgeous gardener Jamie Durie
Aussies at Chelsea Flower Show
Prince Philip was admiring Durie&aposs gold medal winning display at the Chelsea Flower Show when he pointed out what a fine specimen of a tree fern the former Manpower member had produced.

However, Durie, who was being as courteous and polite as possible, brought it to the Prince&aposs attention that the subject in question was a cycad and not a fern.

The Prince, however, did not appreciate the advice, or so it seemed, and promptly walked off.

Only a few minutes earlier Durie had spent a pleasant few minutes showing the Queen around his garden.

"It was my first experience of Prince Philip," he said.

"He said to me, &aposI do like your tree fern&apos. I said, &aposActually, it&aposs not a tree fern, it&aposs a member of the cycad family. It&aposs a Macrozamia moorei&apos," Durie told The Daily Mail.

"And with that, he walked off. As he was walking away he said, &aposI didn&apost come here to get a lesson&apos under his breath. I didn&apost hear him say it, one of the boys heard him.

"I thought, &aposWell, you did ask.&apos I was trying to be as courteous as I could and give him the right information. I was a bit shocked, I didn&apost mean to offend him. Maybe he was a bit tired, I don&apost know."

But the garden design team, who learned yesterday that they had won a gold medal, took it in good spirits, coming up with a new word for being snubbed: "Philiped".

Durie won gold with his design of a celebration of Western Australia.

His team of 22 workers built the $800,000, 200m2 celebration of the Kimberley landscape in 16 days.

The garden, the first at Chelsea with all Australian native plants, features a dry stone wall of Kimberley sandstone, a fireplace and a large pond with an "infinity edge" that gives the illusion that the water disappears at the edge.

All the materials were shipped from Melbourne.

Up to 100 teams each year bid to build one of the 24 hand-picked gardens that feature at the show.

Born in London to a Bornean father and a British mother, Wong was brought up in Singapore and Malaysia. Upon being awarded an academic scholarship, he returned to the UK in 1999 to study at the University of Bath, where he took a BSc in Business Administration. [2] He then trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the University of Kent, [3] gaining a Master of Science degree in ethnobotany, graduating with distinction.

At the age of 27, Wong became the presenter of his own television series Grow Your Own Drugs. The award-winning BBC Two series demonstrates a number of natural remedies sourced from plants, [4] and soon became the highest-rated gardening series on UK television. The show ran for two series, as well as a one-off Christmas special, Grow Your Own Christmas. Wong's first two books that tied-in with each series of the television show became international best-sellers, with his third title Homegrown Revolution becoming the fastest selling gardening book in UK history. [5]

Wong is also a regular reporter on the hit BBC One rural affairs series Countryfile since its reformatting in April 2009, as well as being a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, and presenter of the Channel NewsAsia series Expensive Eats.

In his capacity as a garden designer, he has become a four-time Royal Horticultural Society RHS medal winner [6] for gardens he co-designed through the design studio he co-founded, Amphibian Designs, at the Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. In his first garden at the 2004 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, he became the youngest-ever medal-winning designer at the event, and is currently the youngest five-time RHS medal winner. [7]

Wong has designed an Ethnobotanical Garden for the University of Kent, where he is a guest lecturer. [8]

His research has taken him to highland Ecuador, as well as to China and Java.

In 2013 and 2014, he presented several episodes of Great British Garden Revival, winning 'Best Television Programme of the Year' at the 2014 Garden Media Awards.

Wong lives in central London. [9] His mother is from Newport, Wales, and Wong retains a slight southern Welsh accent. [10]

The veteran

Ricky Dorlay, master plantsman: ‘It’s a stress at times, but it is a challenge I enjoy.’ Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Guardian

This is my 51st Chelsea for Hillier Nurseries. We take 3,500-4,000 plants to Chelsea, and my job is to get them to the show in prime condition. The company’s going for its 71st gold medal, as I am for my 51st.

It’s a big team effort. There’s a great friendship, a lot of laughs. I’ve got to know the other teams, and there’s a lot of camaraderie. People will joke, “Oh, no, not you again – haven’t you retired yet?”

Our exhibit features a lot of structural plants – some of the cornus and Japanese maples have been going to Chelsea for 20 or 30 years. It can be quite a stress on plants, and it takes them a year or two to get over it, as it does us. One year, I had flowering cherries in prime condition, put them on the lorry, but there was an accident and we were held up for three hours. By the time we got to London, they were in full flower, so they all had to go home again.

I’m 76 this year. I can’t deny that, inwardly, I’ll know when the time comes to stop going. It’s a stress at times, but it is a challenge I enjoy. It’s all about getting another gold..

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