Every year we make the short hop across the channel to exhibit at Chantilly. This show is a must for anyone looking for top quality plants, many of which you never see in the UK. Nurseries from all over Europe flock to it, bringing the best they have. We say it's a short hop because it really is, only some two and a half hours from Calais. Unlike UK shows it is not stiff and regimented, often filled with 'tat', it is a true gardeners delight. Tickets are inexpensive, parking is free, plus entry to the Castle is included in the price, which by the way houses the second best art collection in France. For somewhere to stay you can take your pick, from 5 star hotels to homely B and B's. We stayed in a delightful local village some 7 Km away, where we were served good food and made to feel at home. During the show we meet visitors from many different Countries, one of which was a reporter from The Telegraph who has since written an article about it.