BUMPER YEAR FOR HTA AND APL MEMBERS AT RHS CHELSEA CENTENARY
It has been a bumper year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with many HTA and APL members winning medals in the event's 100th year celebration.
In such a landmark year, medals galore were picked up by members of the Horticultural Trades Association and Association of Professional Landscapers at the prestigious gardening event.
In the Show Gardens area, APL members were showcasing their landscaping excellence. Landform Consultants won Gold with the Homebase Garden "Sowing the Seeds of Change", designed by Adam Frost. Landform also won Gold with the RBC "Blue Water Roof Garden", designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency.
Morgan and Neal Garden Construction won Silver Gilt Flora for Stockton Drilling's "As Nation Intended" Garden and the Fresh Garden "Massachusetts Garden". The Garden Makers also won Silver Gilt Flora for "The SeeAbility Garden".
The Outdoor Room won Silver Flora for the ground breaking "Stop the Spread" garden, sponsored by FERA and supported by the HTA. Designed by Jo Thompson Landscape and Garden Design, the garden has been created to show the impact that pests, diseases and invasive non-native species can have on our gardens, woodlands and countryside.
B&Q won Silver Gilt Flora for the "Sentebale Forget-me-Not Garden" inspired by Prince Harry's charity Sentebale.
There were more medals in the Fresh Gardens area with Bradstone winning Gold for their part in Paul Hervey-Brookes' garden "BrandAlley', whilst HTA members Tendercare Nurseries also won Gold for their contribution to the 'First Touch' garden.
Walker's Nurseries completed the medal line up in the gardens area by winning Silver Flora for their Artisan effort "Walker's Pine Cottage Garden" designed by Graham Bodle.
HTA members celebrated more medals in the Great Pavilion. David Austin Roses, Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, Suttons Seeds, Millais Nurseries, Peter Beales Roses and Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors all take home a gold medal. Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres also won their 68th Gold medal for their 'Risk' display.
There were Silver-Gilt Flora medals for Harkness Roses, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Kelways Plants who staged displays at the first Chelsea show in 1913.
HTA Director General, Carol Paris said; "We are delighted that so many of our members have gained national recognition in such a distinguished year for RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea plays a great part in enthusing and inspiring people to enjoy the nation's favourite pastime, especially after such a tough year for the industry. We hope all the inspiration from Chelsea stimulates the nation to get out into their gardens and garden centres over the bank holiday weekend. "