Looking back at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has seen a further two medals for Mark Gregory’s 98th and 99th show gardens – a Gold, a Silver Gilt, plus the coveted BBC People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row!

The Welcome to Yorkshire Show Garden 2019, designed by Mark Gregory. Photo by Rachel Warne
The Dubai Majlis Show Garden, designed by Tom Hoblyn, photo by Catherine MacDonald

Mark has said that he couldn’t be happier with the outstanding result: ” We wanted to deliver something extraordinary and I hope we’ve achieved that… I want to thank everyone that voted for us… It’s such an honour to receive this accolade again and to have been able to share the place I call home with the world is a privilege.” Read more about this Chelsea Flower Show thoughts here in his exclusive House Beautiful Blog.

Winning a Gold medal and BBC People’s Choice Award for the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden has been a fantastic success for our team and the specialists who worked on the garden. We would like to thank (in no particular order): the Landform team (Rhiannon, Steve, Eddie, Bruce, Colin, Jack, Ian, Kate, George, Krisztian, Fran, Nicola and Mel), Martin Kelley and the Fairwater Ltd team, Hortus Loci, Hare Spring Cottage Plants, John Wheatley & Terry Porter, Richard Clegg and the RLC Dry Stone Walling team, Rachel Atherton, Stanton & Brian Lighting, Nigel Pearson, Canal & River Trust, Royal Parks for their hard working apprentices, David Read & Dudley Garden Joinery, Reece McKay, John Cunningham, Butter Wakefield, Leif Bjarte Krogstad, Kristin Kalheim Bruflodt, Siri Lonning Krogstad, Odd Helge Andera from the Komplett Utemiljo team, Tigon Scaffolding, Rachel Schofield, Zoe Zhao, Scott Underwood, Dave from Preston(!), Bury Landscapes, Wayne Monk, Emma Stothard, Wendy Preston, Steve Wooster, Rachel Warne and Grey Moth.

Watch this video made for us by Grey Moth on the Making of RHS Chelsea Flower Show Welcome to Yorkshire 2019:

Here are some photos from Press Day:

Clockwise from top left: Dame Judi Dench; Mark Gregory with Alan Titchmarsh; Brendan Cole & Zoe Hobbs; Mark with Clare Balding & Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd.
Clockwise from top left: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Dodd with Mark; David Seaman, Frankie Poultnay, Louise Gregory & Mark; Anthea Turner with “HealthyHappy50” Jo Moseley; Mark with Stanley Tucci.
Clockwise from top left: Joe Swift filming with Mark; Jo Moseley with poet Ian McMillan, Mark & Peter Dodd; Bill Bailey; Jim Carter with Imelda Staunton.

The Dubai Majlis Show Garden, designed by Tom Hoblyn, won a well deserved Silver Gilt medal. The garden was inspired by the sculptural beauty found in arid landscapes, from wind-blown sand dunes and fluvially eroded rock to the manmade hillside terraces and the goat-browsed topiary-esque plants that colonise them. The plants were supplied by Kelways and Deepdale. The sculptures were made by artisit Mari-Ruth Oda. Here is a time lapse video made for us by Grey Moth – showing the garden from a flat piece of ground to completion.

We would like to thank our Tom Hoblyn and his team for approaching to work on this beautiful build, plus our Landform team and the sub-contractors who helped to build the garden (in no particular order): our Landform team; Nick, Rich, John, Harry, Sophie, Jo and Catherine; Rebearth, Arc Architects, Darren and the Albion Stone team, the Johnny Winter Landscapes team, Martin Kelley and the Fairwater team, Tigon Scaffolding, Stanton & Brian Lighting, Ross Stewart and Grey Moth.

Top photos: Tom Hoblyn in the Dubai Majlis Garden, Bottom photos: Brendan Cole and Zoe Hobbs, with Tom Hoblyn.

It has truly been another memorable year.

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