Chelsea tribute garden to Beatle says She Loves You

Mon May 19, 2008 6:38am EDT
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By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - George Harrison's widow created a special garden in memory of the former Beatle at Britain's Chelsea Flower Show on Monday and felt the labor of love had brought her much closer to her late husband.

"I really cannot think of a more joyful thing to do for George and I know he would approve," Olivia Harrison said as she tip-toed barefoot through the garden putting the finishing touches to her floral tribute.

"I do feel close to him in the garden," she told Reuters at the world's most famous flower shower which Harrison eagerly attended every year. He died of lung cancer in 2001.

"He was a passionate gardener," she said of her husband who loved to tour the show grounds, taking copious notes on the plants that took his fancy.

His horticultural playground was their Victorian neo-Gothic country home near Henley in southern England. He was a keen landscape designer and the family nicknamed him Capability George after famed designer Lancelot "Capability" Brown.

The Chelsea garden was created in conjunction with family friend and garden designer Yvonne Innes, a Chelsea gold medal winner and wife of musician Neil Innes. It is being sponsored by Harrison's Material World Charitable Foundation.

"I hope it is a reflection of his spirituality," she said of the garden which is being opened by fellow Beatle Ringo Starr at the lavish London showground on the banks of the River Thames.

The guitarist from the world's most famous pop band always felt at peace gardening.   Continued...

<p>Former Beatle George Harrison is remembered by fans at the Beatles star on Hollywood Boulevard's walk of fame in Los Angeles, November 30, 2001. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>