Members of the Association of the Professional Landscapers (APL) are celebrating after winning an array of medals in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Outdoor Room won two Gold medals, one for ‘The Homebase Garden – Time to Reflect’in association with Alzheimer’s Society. Designed by Adam Frost, the aim of the garden is to encourage us to stop and spencd quality time with each other and provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on memories and create news ones.
They also won Gold for their ‘London Square’ garden which was designed by Jo Thompson and represents the corner of a London garden square and was inspired by 19th century design with an elegant and luxurious atmosphere.
Another Gold winning garden came from Landscape Associates Ltd for the build on the Royal Bank of Canada’s ‘Waterscape Garden’. Designed by Hugo Bugg, the youngest Gold medal in Chelsea’s history, the garden illustrates sustainable solutions for home gardeners in light of global water issues. They also won a Silver Gilt for ‘A Garden for First Touch at St George’s’ which was inspired by the strength and determination shown by premature babies and their families on their journeys, which can be long and difficult.
Brian Herbert Outdoor Options competed the Gold medal line up for ‘No Man’s Land’, the Soldiers’ Charity Garden to mark the centenary of World War One. Designed by Charlotte Rowe, the garden highlightes the way in which the landscape of the Western Front has regenerated.
In the Artisan Gardens, Frogheath Landscapes won Gold for the ‘DialaFlight Potter’s Garden’ which brought to life a garden that had been abandoned for the war in 1914. The design recalls lost agrarian ways and skills of those who served in the First World War and also celebrates the power of gardens to evolve and renew.
Silver Gilt went to Rich & Sons Ltd for their build on Bord Na Mona’s ‘Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden’ with the planting scheme echoing the feel of the Milky Way and two pools symbolises black holes, reflecting the sky and surrounding planting.
The Outdoor Room also won a Silver Gilt Flora for the ‘Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden’ Designed by Wilson McWilliam Studio, this garden takes inspiration from the tasting notes of three key Cloudy Bay wines, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Outdoor Options Ltd in collaboration with Living Landscapes won Silver Gilt Flora for ‘The Wellchild Garden’ which saw five paths symbolising the fingers of a hand lead the visitor on a journey of exploration between raised beds, ending at a curved sensory wall that conceals musical instruments.
Landform Consultants won silver for the House of Fraser ‘Fabric Garden’. Designed by Chris Deakin and Jason Lock, the garden represents a traditional room setting in an outdoor environment, complete with planting. The garden is a fun, theatrical and contemporary twist on an outdoor room.
Bronze medals were awarded to ‘The Brand Alley Renaissance Garden’ which was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and designed by Big Fish Landscapes. Their garden was inspired the romance and style of celebrated 16th century Italian gardens and was created to represent the ultimate aspirational lifestyle experience.
APL Chairman, Mark Gregory said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to win medals at RHS Chelsea. It is such an accolade for our members to win at such a high profile show. It just shows what superb landscapers we have and enforces the credibility of our offering through hard work and landscaping excellence.”