Very early this morning, Tuesday 19th staff from the RHS Shows department walked around the grounds of The Royal Hospital in Chelsea distributing the coveted medal cards to the winning gardens and exhibits.
For exhibitors arriving at the show ground the tension can run high, this is when they get the result of months and months of work on designing, planning and growing the plants for their exhibit, I know because I have been there and done this on several occasions.
Below are just a few of the winning show gardens to highlight what an amazing show 2015 is and the amount of effort required to get one of the seven gold medals awarded this year.
Gold medal for ‘A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse’ designed by James Basson and sponsored by L’Occitane Uk.
This wonderfully atmospheric garden takes the visitor to a corner of Provence in France with its table and chairs under large olive trees immersed within naturalistic planting and the sound and sight of water running along rills made from local volcanic stone.
Our recent preview of the ‘The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden’ designed by Chris Beardshaw described the concept behind this garden. To have now seen it at the show and to hear that it received a Gold medal is not surprising.
The attention to detail of the hardscape and planting was superb while the scale not only fitted the show space perfectly but will also be the central point when it is rebuilt as a community garden in Poplar, East London.
The attention to detail in the hardscape materials was exceptional in ‘The Brewin Dolphin Garden’ designed by Darren Hawkes Landscapes and sponsored by Brewin Dolphin.
Their use of slate to create the key features must have been a labour of love, not only the quantity involved but their skill in using it so creatively. The structural quality of this garden fully justified its gold award.
The ‘Homebase Urban Retreat Garden’ in association with Macmillan Cancer Support was designed by Adam Frost and sponsored by Homebase. Members of staff from the Homebase Academy were also involved with many stages during this project as part of their training programme.
The end result was a garden of flowing curves and water within formal shapes of borders and pools, these were connected by timber walkways and precise lawns areas. The planting scheme showed how important the plants are within an urban space and formed an integral part of the overall design. A great team effort resulted in a gold medal.
In the Artisan Gardens category there were also gold’s awarded to some stunning small spaces, including the following two examples.
‘The Sculptor’s Picnic Garden’ designed by Graham Bodle of Walkers Nurseries was dramatic with their use of oak branches in a small space.
The ‘Edo Garden’ designed by a Chelsea regular, Kazuyuki Ishihara once again captured the essence of a small Japanese garden. With his attention to detail and placing of plants this was another masterpiece of garden building and another gold medal for this brilliant craftsman.
Much is said about the designers and sponsors of the show gardens, however it is also important to remember the contribution made by the many contractors and specialists who carry out much of the hard work required to build and plant the gardens that we see at the show.
My next report from Chelsea 2015 will follow shortly, I will be taking a look inside the Great Pavilion
If you are not able to get to the show don’t forget there will be some great coverage on the television during this week.