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London cabs get a Chelsea make over

by Rose Crompton

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Visitors to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show can get a taste of the event before they even get to the ground if they catch one of the three blooming black cabs driving around London this week.

They could be sharing the back seat with a rose bush (mind your head on the thorns!) and bunting in the Diamond Jubilee-themed car; picking strawberries or tomatoes in the Good Life Garden taxi; or getting in the party mood in the orchid-adorned ‘club’ cab.

The Black Cabs in Bloom, which will be taking passengers to and from the show, are the creation of Chelsea Gold Medal winner Ian Drummond from Indoor Garden Design in conjunction with Hailo, the black cab app. They took a month to design but were planted in one day. “It’s been one of the quickest Chelsea gardens to turn around,” joked Drummond. “We check to make sure none of the plants are wilting, but they’re actually doing really well – the ones in the Good Life Garden are even growing new shoots,” he said.

Alec Bissett, the driver of the Jubilee-inspired taxi, is relishing the royal look of his classic Fairway cab.

“I’ve really enjoyed driving people around and I think they enjoy the look of the taxi too. Although I’ve not had the Queen in here yet, I have had a look-alike and a corgi,” said Bissett.

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