May 19 • 56M

James Alexander-Sinclair

Garden designer, Chelsea Flower Show judge, writer and much more

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Garden Designer - Landscape Designer - Oxfordshire, UK | James Alexander- Sinclair

With Chelsea Flower Show almost upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to chat with James Alexander-Sinclair. Among many things, he is a long serving judge at the show: I thought it might be interesting to understand how the judges go about their work and how a garden might get a Gold medal - apparently a paper bag of used oncers is not the most effective route.

So if you are heading to the show or intending on more of a sofa spectacle, I hope this will give you a different view in.

If you’ve ever watched a sport and wished they’d do a start-of-season programme where they go through the rules and subtleties so that the game might be more accessible to the uninitiated, think of this as the Chelsea Flower Show version of that.

There is also talk of fudge, being a wedding celebrant, outstanding hugs and much more.