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Love Builds a Garden Show…With Elton’s Help

British garden enthusiasts who plan on attending the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show in London next month may notice a difference from previous years’ events: garden gnomes. The RHS has lifted the ban on gnomes for this year’s show and has invited Elton and other celebrities to help raise funds for the nationwide RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

It’s a natural fit, as Elton’s Rocket Pictures produced the 2011 animated film Gnomeo & Juliet and his songs served as the film’s soundtrack.

Now Elton has autographed two different gnomes for the RHS. One, which he also decorated, is inspired by Paris, the rock star gnome who sang Your Song in the film. The other is a set of the Gnomeo and Juliet characters themselves.

Elton decorated and autographed this garden gnome for auction.

These figurines, along with others painted and signed by Joanna Lumley, Dame Helen Mirren and other celebrities, will be on display for the duration of the Flower Show and auctioned on eBay as part of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal – a charity launched recently to reach out to the next generation of horticulturists.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London, from May 21-25. The Show’s website has further details on the event, which is considered by many to be the most famous flower show in the world.

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