Prince Andrew on Monday Evening opened the Chelsea Flower Show, where the UAE is making its big presence felt with the garden of the late UAE founder and leader, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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Published: Wed 25 May 2005, 12:54 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:59 PM

Prince Andrew visited the garden, which attracted a large number of visitors, including Prince Michael. The visitors, who were received by the garden's supervisor, Mohammed­ Abdullah Al Hashimi, expressed great appreciation for the garden.­

In a statement, Al Hashimi, said Shaikh Zayed used to personally supervise the garden but the decision of the participation­ of the garden in the Chelsea Flower Show was made in may last year when the late Shaikh Zayed was in Britain.

He pointed out that the country's participation in this annual show, which began in 1994, had received a lot of commendations­ and applause by the participants in the show.

He cited the Shaikh Zayed garden's winning of two awards, the Golden Award and the Best Garden Award, when it took part in the show last year.

He said the UAE had also participated in similar exhibition in Germany in line with the directives of the late Shaikh Zayed, adding that the garden which the UAE exhibited during the show was gifted to the Hamburg University. The garden will be officially renamed after Shaikh Zayed in a special inauguration ceremony­ on June 20. The Chelsea Flower Show would last until Saturday when the winners of this year's show would be announced. Meanwhile, The Times of London, in a feature on the Chelsea Flower Show, said that this year's show would be held in a sad mood and atmosphere due to the loss of Shaikh Zayed.

Mark Griffiths said Shaikh Zayed attached great importance to nature. The late Shaikh had a reverence for nature, and for forests especially, he was also, like Cyrus, a lord of gardens,­ and while his greatest achievements in conservation and greening are in his own country, he is most widely known for his show Gardens -a yearly highlight of Chelsea for the past decade,' Griffiths wrote in the feature. "Zayed saw horticulture as an extension of diplomacy. His gardens relay messages in which the international exchange of garden plants plays a part."

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