Following flower show in London


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LONDON -- London is the epicenter of English gardening. Each house, flat or business has plants tucked into the corners of patios and porches. Ancient buildings are covered in twining purple wisteria, whose sweet fragrance fills the air. The climate is perfect for cool weather-loving perennials that enjoy the abundant rain and gray skies.

If London is garden central, then the Chelsea Flower Show is the gardener's Super Bowl. The five-day show, which ends today, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. I and 23 other Pittsburghers entered, with members of one group holding their Terrible Towel proudly. We were overwhelmed by the vast array of gardens, plants, sculpture and more.

It feels so good to be surrounded by so many like-minded people. I wish I could stay another month ... or two.

Read more from Doug Oster in London at www.post-gazette.com/gardeningwithdoug or Twitter: @dougoster1.

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