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US: Chelsea flower show embraces trend for grow-your-own veg

Supermarkets have rationed fresh fruit and vegetables in recent months as a combination of Brexit, bad weather, and labor shortages has hit supply and driven prices up.

Those shortages have led to a surge in people growing their own, according to the Royal Horticultural Society, and that trend will be reflected at the Chelsea flower show from May 22.

Those attending the show, put on by the RHS, may be just as likely to see a plump tomato as a symmetrical rose because gardeners are incorporating edible plants into their designs.

“We have seen a big increase in interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables, both from our members and people using the RHS website for advice,” said Nikki Barker, a senior horticultural adviser at the RHS. “As well as providing lovely fresh produce to eat at home, it’s likely there are multiple reasons behind more people wanting to grow their own, including recent shortages and higher prices.”

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