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Chelsea Flower Show 2019 Roundup

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Well, we did it! An amazing team effort from so many people. The best bit for me was that everyone involved was so proud of the garden and put so much energy and enthusiasm into it - that made it a really special project for me.

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Of course winning a Gold Medal at Chelsea as well as Best in Category AND Best Construction was a good bit too…

Handing out the brochures during show week alongside the Groundwork Youth volunteers was also a pleasure, although I was a bit tired by that point! It was great to hear the positive feedback from almost all visitors and great to have the chance to explain how the garden was celebrating the connections made possible through social media, and how so many community and gardening groups on Facebook are doing such positive and effective work in their communities. I hope that the garden elements will be used effectively by HS2 in their various community projects to benefit as many people as possible.

My thanks go to (in no particular order) David, Mark, Dan, Nathan and all the team at The Outdoor Room, Jake and Jordan from The Landscaping Consultants, Bamber Wallis, Toby Clayton and Grant (Hot Metal Engineering), Dave Root, Simon, Matt and all the team at Kelways Plants, Matthias and Mark at Deepdale Trees, Giles Heap and all at CED Stone, Michael, Alex and the team at Norse Stone, Cliff and Martin (Stanton and Brian), Paul at Landscapeplus, Marc (I-Echo Visualisations), Natalia, Coco and Simon for all their support, Janine and Deb from Ashwell Timber, Steve, Nicola, Vicky and the Facebook Team, the Teneo Team, Groundwork UK, Rosie Harkness (Rose Tinted PR), Pippa Martlew and Alyson Hamilton (our expert plantswomen), and lastly and in many ways most importantly, our dedicated volunteers Phil, Kirsty, Richard, Alice, Abby, Paula, Rachel, Joana, Jasmine and Eve.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Very excited to reveal that I have designed a show garden for Chelsea 2019! The garden, sponsored by social media giant Facebook, is a 10x10m plot in the ‘Space to Grow’ category of show gardens.

The theme of the garden is connectivity, celebrating the positive benefits of social media as a powerful tool for engaging in real world issues, connecting people and driving positive social change.  The Facebook Garden: Beyond The Screen takes on a coastal theme to reinforce this message as coastal habitats are constantly changing and evolving and are rich and diverse environments where many species can thrive.

This will be my 12th year at the show, but my first solo design. During that time I’ve learnt a lot about how show gardens are designed and built, but until now I don’t think I’ve really fully appreciated the struggle and effort it takes just to get to this point at the end of November, when the successful show garden exhibitors are announced by the RHS. At this early stage my sincere thanks goes to all the friends, family and colleagues who have offered advice and support, any show garden is a massive team effort.

I’ll be posting updates and images as things develop, so check back soon!

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