0 PERENNIAL WINS SILVER-GILT AT CHELSEA BUT GOLDEN TICKET IS A VISIT FROM HM THE QUEEN

PERENNIAL WINS SILVER-GILT AT CHELSEA BUT GOLDEN TICKET IS A VISIT FROM HM THE QUEEN

Medal Royal release 2 page2 image1The collaboration between garden designer, occupational charity and the horticulture industry hasbeen richly rewarded today as Perennial celebrates winning a Silver-Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show after welcoming Her Majesty The Queen at last night's Gala. Her Majesty was very interested in the work of the charity and that of its landscaping partners for the event, Streetscape (a social enterprise that encourages long-term unemployed to train as horticulturists).

Granted royal status in 1851 by Queen Victoria, Perennial (formerly known as The Gardene rs' Royal Benevolent Society) is the only UK charity dedicated to helping all horticulturists in times of crisis. It has marked its 175th anniversary at the show with a wonderful exhibit in the Great Pavilion. Perennial's Patron HRH Princess Alexandra also visited, as did Princess Beatrice.

Designed by Jo Thompson the garden has been made possible with help, advice and donated plants and materials from some industry stalwarts including Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, Coblands Nurseries, Majestic Trees and CED Natural Stone. The landscaping was managed by Jay Osman and his brilliant team of apprentices from social enterprise Streetscape, along with a host of Perennial volunteers.

Speaking at the show on Monday, Alan Titchmarsh, President of Perennial, said: "It is fitting that the exhibit designed to mark this unique charity's 175th anniversary has been possible thanks to partnership, friendship and goodwill from across the horticulture industry. The garden itself is
PERENNIAL PRESS PACK RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
20 - 24 MAY 2014
www.perennial.org.uk/chelseapress

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