Britain's Prince Philip stormed out of a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday (20.05.08).
As he stalked off, onlookers heard him mutter: "I didn't come here to get a lesson."
The prince's walkout came after he spotted what he thought was a tree fern, and commented that he liked it to Durie.
The plant was not actually a fern, but when Durie explained this Prince Philip was not impressed and walked away.
Durie said: "I was quite shocked - I didn't mean to offend him. I was trying to be as courteous as I could and give him the right information. He just walked away. Maybe he was a bit tired."
The gardeners took the incident in good spirits however, and have come up with a new term for being snubbed: "Philiped."
The garden was also visited by Queen Elizabeth, which Durie says was an amazing experience.
He said: "I can't believe gardening has enabled us to meet the Queen. She was really pleasant. I think she was quite taken with the garden. I couldn't believe how generous she was with her time and how positive she was. It was an honour."
Durie's garden was awarded a gold medal at the annual event.
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