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Irish gardener wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Irish gardener Billy Alexander has won a gold medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Picture by RTE
Marie Louise McConville

An Irish gardener who won a gold medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show has described his victory as a "unique experience".

Billy Alexander, who's display features ferns from Kells Bay House and Gardens, near Cahersiveen in Co Kerry, said winning gold at the London show had meant "everything" to him.

The show, which normally takes place in May, was postponed until September this year by the UK's Royal Horticultural Society due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Alexander said winning the gold medal was the pinnacle of his exhibiting challenges.

"I am absolutely delighted, I came here for the gold and really wanted the gold," he said.

Mr Alexander said his winning display was a "labour of love" which represents a microcosm of the gardens at Kells Bay, where there is a collection of around 600 tree ferns.

He described his Chelsea win as "a unique experience" as the event is being staged in September instead of May, which suited his fern display as they are non-flowering plants.

It is not the first time Mr Alexander has won gardening glory.

He won a gold medal in July at the Hampton Court Palace Garden.

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