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TOM TO HOST CHELSEA STARS

PUBLISHED: 13:52 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:36 25 August 2010

AN INTREPID plant hunter is getting ready for an onslaught by some of the country s finest growers. Tom Hart Dyke, star of BBC2 s popular series

AN INTREPID plant hunter is getting ready for an onslaught by some of the country's finest growers.

Tom Hart Dyke, star of BBC2's popular series Return to Lullingstone Castle, revealed his May 11 plant fair will host even more Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners than last year's inaugural show.

More than 1,700 visitors flocked to the event in 2007 making the day a record-breaker for the Hart Dyke family as the highest number of visitors in a single day.

Mr Hart Dyke was pleased to announce that McBean's Orchids will also be on site.

He said: "McBeans' remain my horticultural heroes, their orchids are wonderful and their knowledge of this fascinating plant family is second to none. I'll definitely be spending part of my plant budget at

their stand."

Chelsea gold medal winning nurseries at the fair are set to include Dysons from Sevenoaks who specialise in Salvias and The Old Walled Garden from Sevenoaks.

Gold medal winners Hadlow College from Tonbridge, Iris of Sissinghurst and Cookoo Box Nurseries from Maidstone will also exhibit.

World famous plantsman and Chelsea gold medal holders Derek Lloyd Dean and Rotherview Nursery have also snapped up a stall.

Gates to the fair, World Garden and grounds open from 11am. Visitors can also marvel at over 1,000 cacti and succulents in the new Hot and Spikey house.

Tickets are priced £6 for adults, senior citizens £5.50 and children £3. The castle opens for viewing

from 2pm.

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