The results are in for the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, they are as follows:

Gold Tourism Malaysia MA/22 Show Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora The Royal Bank of Canada MA/13 Show Garden
Best artisan garden Hae-woo-so (Emptying one’s mind) by Jihae Hwang
Silver Flora Welcome to Yorkshire SEW/7 Artisan Garden
Gold The Daily Telegraph MA/19 Show Garden
Silver Flora The Magistrates’ Association RHW/32 Urban Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship RHW/34 Urban Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Cancer Research UK MA/20 Show Garden
Ysgol Bryn Castell & Heronsbridge School
Silver Flora The Times MA/21 Show Garden
Gold Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne MA/17 Show Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Fleming’s Nurseries RHW/26 Show Garden
Gold Laurent-Perrier MA/18 Show Garden
Gold Worcester, Bosch Group RHW/31 Urban Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Martin Cook & Bonnie Davies SEW/3 Artisan Garden
Gold Stockton Drilling Ltd RHW/29 Urban Garden
Gold Leeds City Council MA/3 Show Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora M&G Investments MA/15 Show Garden
Gold Principality of Monaco MA/16 Show Garden
Silver Flora SKYshades UK Ltd MA/9 Show Garden
Silver Flora Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells RHW/30 Urban Garden
Gold Jihae Hwang SEW/5 Artisan Garden
Silver Flora Fever-Tree SEW/8 Artisan Garden
Gold Lands’ End RHW/28 Urban Garden
Silver Flora British Heart Foundation MA/7 Show Garden
Best urban garden – Winds of Change by Stockton Drilling
Gold B&Q TR/3 Show Garden
Horticulture Students with Anthea Guthrie SEW/1 Artisan Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Doncaster Deaf Trust RHW/33 Urban Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Royal National Institute of Blind People RHW/35 Urban Garden
Silver Flora Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory TR/1 Show Garden
Silver-Gilt Flora Homebase RHW/24 Show Garden
Bronze Flora Basildon Bond
Gold Fáilte Ireland RGB/10 Show Garden
Gold Kati Crome & Maggie Hughes SEW/6 Artisan Garden

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I was reading a forum thread recently regarding where to find the best deal for international flower delivery from the UK to the USA, where one of the posters made a very enlightened point which I had not and you may not have even considered.

Traditionally (before the ordering flowers on the net became popular) if you wanted to have flowers delivered in the USA the only feasible option for most of us would be to phone or visit a major florist such as Interflora and let them sort it out. So it follows that most of us when arranging flowers delivered abroad today use an established UK florist online. Of course they will cost more than any equivalent local flower delivery because you are having them delivered “internationally”.

But as the internet delivers an entirely global market there is of course nothing stopping you from ordering your flowers directly from a florist based in the country of the intended recipient. The only downside is that you may not be familiar with the florists and unsure if they are reputable – this is obviously less of an issue when dealing with florists in the USA compared with Azerbaijan for example. The upside is of course that you may get more for you money as you are in effect missing out the middle man.

I will be comparing the two methods side by side over the next few days to see how much (if anything) you can save. I will probably use international flower delivery to the USA as the comparison and have the results up in a week or so.

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What is a typical price for flower delivery?

November 14, 2010

Jamie asked I need to send flowers to my mum for her birthday but I have never done it before. So I have no idea what I should be paying for delivery. What is the normal cost for flower delivery in the UK? What are the cheapest, best value website for this? Are there any [...]

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Reliable online florist

November 11, 2010

Anna asked: Is there a reliable online florist that ships internationally? I don’t want any double chargesand they have to be quick. If you have used any, or if you have a regular florist you use that you can recommend, and you were satisfied with, with the recipient receiving the flowers on time etc. Could [...]

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