Champagne corks fly at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Champagne will be flowing as the Laurent-Perrier garden has won both RHS Gold and Best Show Garden in the 101st year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments. The award is Luciano Giubbilei?s third RHS Gold medal at RHS Chelsea.?

Six Show Gardens were awarded RHS Gold Medals at the world-famous flower show, with seven Silver-Gilt and one Silver and Bronze respectively. The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Garden is the 16th garden from the family-owned Champagne house.

Alex Denman, RHS Head of Shows Development, said: ?The RHS Chelsea Flower Show stands for the highest levels of horticultural excellence, and the exhibitors this year have demonstrated their incredible level of knowledge and ability with their fantastic exhibits.?

?The achievement of Laurent-Perrier is fantastic. The attention to detail and evocative feel of the stunning garden from Luciano is a great tribute to his skill as well as the growers and landscapers who have contributed to their garden.?

Hugo Bugg, the designer behind the RBC Waterscape Garden won his first ever RHS Gold medal at RHS Chelsea. Cleve West also won a RHS Gold medal for his Persian paradise inspired show garden for M&G Investments, as did Charlotte Rowe for the ABF The Soldier?s Charity Garden and Adam Frost for the Homebase Garden.?

The Mind?s Eye, designed for RNIB was awarded the title of Best Fresh Garden*. The garden represents images or scenes which can be captured without the need for sight. Togenkyo – A Touch of Paradise achieved an RHS Gold Medal and the title of Best Artisan Garden** for their garden inspired by the fable of Togenkyo, a place of beautiful scenery that helps people to forget their troubles but once visited can never be revisited.?
Over half of the nurseries and growers within the Great Pavilion, the floral heart of the show, achieved RHS Gold Medals for their displays. The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best display in the Great Pavilion which was introduced in celebration of The Queen?s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, was awarded to South West in Bloom for their display celebrating 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom.

Birmingham City Council has been awarded the President?s Award*** for their display of Remembrance commemorates the start of World War I 1914. The garden, with its trench and ?cannon water feature?, and was one of the exhibits Her Majesty the Queen visited. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANB) ? Kirstenbosch, with their display of South African wildflowers, were among the 32 exhibits in the Great Pavilion awarded a RHS Silver Gilt medal. Pennard Plants also won an RHS Silver Gilt for their The Gardeners have all gone! 1914 ? 1918 exhibit.

Another Great Pavilion exhibit, the Botanic Nursery, were awarded an RHS Gold medal, for the display of their national collection of Digitalis (foxgloves), a flower which was used extensively throughout the show gardens at this year?s show. Walkers Bulbs who launched their ?Georgie boy? daffodil yesterday also won RHS Gold.

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