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. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 award winners:
 
The Brewin Dolphin Garden, designed by Cleve West, wins Best in Show
 
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The garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes sinece the resurgence of this art in the 19th Century. The garden uses controlled structures including beech hedging and yew topiary forms that contrast with loose layers of herbaceous planting.
 
The award and medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, sponsored by M&G Investments, have been announced. 
 
Bob Sweet, Head of Shows Development of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, said: “As the world’s most famous flower show, our awards celebrate best in class gardens, designers and horticulture.
 
“We have been delighted to see an abundance of impressive, ambitious and diverse gardens in each category. Our designers have continued to push the boundaries of horticultural design and set trends which will filter out into the wider gardening landscape.”
 
In the Show Gardens category nine Gold medals were awarded to gardens including: Andy Sturgeon’s garden for show sponsor M&G Investments; Sarah Price’s garden for The Daily Telegraph, whose garden won Best in Show in 2011; the Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden, designed by Jihae Hwang, which has been created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War; and the The Brewin Dolphin Garden, designed by Cleve West, which celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary. This garden also won Best in Show in the category.
 
Five Silver-Gilt Floras were also awarded in the category, with winners including Diarmuid Gavin’s dramatic Westland Magical Garden; The Arthritis Research UK Garden; and Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s Nurseries. The judges also awarded Diarmuid Gavin’s Westland Magical Garden an award for Most Creative Show Garden.
 
In the new Fresh Gardens category judges awarded one Gold, two Silver-Gilt Flora, two Silver Flora and four Bronze Flora medals. The Gold award was given to Easigrass – The Artificial Grass Company for Green with… The garden also won Best in Show in the category. Both The Renault Garden by Renault UK and The Soft Machine by Humko Bled won Silver Gilt, and the latter was also awarded a prize for the Most Creative Fresh Garden.
 
Satoyama Life by Ishihara Kazuyuri Design Laboratory took Best in Show in the Artisan Gardens category. In total two Gold, two Silver-Gilt Flora, and four Silver Flora medals were awarded.
 
In RHS Environment, Sparsholt College from Hampshire won Gold and Best Exhibit in the category. In total, two Gold, three Silver-Gilt Lindley, four Silver Lindley, and two Bronze Lindley medals were awarded.
 
In the Great Pavilion, a new award was presented for the best floral exhibit: the Diamond Jubilee Award was presented to HW Hyde & Sons by HM The Queen, Royal Patron of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, during her annual visit to the show. Out of 108 winning exhibitors, 55 Gold, 34 Silver-Gilt Flora, two Silver-Gilt Grenfell, one Silver-Gilt Lindley, 13 Silver Flora and three Bronze Flora  medals were awarded.
 
Winner of this year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2012 award was the tropical-looking Digitalis Illumination Pink ('Tmdgfp001'), bred by Thompson & Morgan, and appearing in one of this year’s Generation Gardens. The nearly impossible cross of the Digitalis (Isoplexis) canarienses with the hardiness of Digitalis purpurea resulted in a spectacular tropical looking foxglove, a bee magnet with non-stop flowering for the six months of summer. Second place winner was the Dianthus Memories ('WP11 Gwe04') from Whetman Pinks, with its white flowers and exceptionally strong spicy perfume, and in third place was Hyacinthus orientalis 'Royal Navy' from J S Pennings "De Bilt", and its deep blue flowers with double florets.
 
Winner of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of the Year 2012 Award was the Harrod Slot&Lock™ Framework Building System by Harrod Horticultural. The product was designed and developed in the UK by Harrod Horticultural as a result of their customers’ frustration with supporting framework falling to pieces and ruining their flowers and vegetables. With this system, aluminium tubing simply slots into the sockets in a range of plastic connectors which can then be locked into position with a stainless steel screw. This product is the answer to the problems associated with building framework for protection netting and supporting plants.

All Show Garden Gold Medallists:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 Gold Medal Winners

Furzey Gardens
Designed by
Chris Beardshaw
Built by Carter Landscapes, Chris Beardshaw Ltd, Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust
Chris Beardshaw returns to Chelsea in 2012 with a design to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire and the achievements of its learning disability team.

Chris’ woodland design incorporates acid-loving species including rhododendrons, azaleas and primulas. Ericaceous plants and shrubs have fallen out of favour with designers at Chelsea in recent years, but Chris is using them to spectacular effect in this design.

Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust operates in conjunction with its sister charity, the Minstead Training Project, to provide a wide range of services for students with learning disabilities. The students are helping to grow plants for the show garden and assisting Chris in the garden build. This is the first time students with learning difficulties have been involved directly with a Chelsea garden.


Green with …
Easigrass - The Artificial Grass Company
Designed by
Tony Smith
Built by Easigrass, Hortus infinitus
Green with… is a horticultural installation concerned with the human emotions of envy and desire. This theme is explored through colour, form and plant history.

The structure suggests a cage; perhaps the prison that the deeply envious individual who desires what another owns will inevitably find themselves trapped within, should they not conquer their weaknesses. The three Perspex cylinders at the centre of the structure hint that the orchids they contain are being kept safely out of reach. Like the orchids, the tulips and ferns have, over time, been the subject of desire and envy.


Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden
Designed by
Joe Swift
Built by Willerby Landscapes
This garden has been inspired by the power of plants and natural forms in an urban and suburban environment. It is a dry, sustainable garden designed for exploration, revealing areas as you move through the space.

Four bold cedar wood frames create long views through the garden, whilst dividing the space into distinct yet visually-connected areas. Stone and wood are present in conventional garden features (stone paving, walling and seating), but are also used in more stylised features such as oversized horizontally-sliced boulders, a water feature and bespoke wooden sculptures to decorate and energise the design.


Lands' End: A Rural Muse
Designed by
Adam Frost
Built by New Ground Landscapes
The garden A Rural Muse is designed for a Stamford couple who love their region’s landscape and environment, especially the walks of the well-known local peasant poet John Clare. Adam Frost has taken inspiration from the distinct and diverse countryside that shaped so much of Clare's poetry to create a space for entertaining and relaxation designed with biodiversity and wildlife in mind.

The materials have been selected to create the garden’s regional identity. Many of the elements have multiple functions, such as the stone boulders that double up as stepping stones and seating. A green oak-framed shelter offers a focal point and attracts bees with its clover roof.


Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden
Muum, Korean Air, The Dowager Viscountess Rothermere, gardenlink 
Designed by
Jihae Hwang
Built by gardenlink
Created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean conflict, this garden makes use of the vast treasure trove of indigenous plants that have thrived in the almost pristine conditions in the sanctuary of the demilitarised zone (DMZ). The design highlights the tensions and lasting effects of the conflict.

The barbed wire fence surrounding the garden creates a feeling of mystery and unease. Carefully considered installations feature the remains of warfare, including defensive walls, trenches and charred trees. The fence is hung with cans and bottles containing letters from separated families and friends to illustrate the sense of longing felt by people kept apart by the conflict.

The watch tower reminds visitors of the surveillance of the DMZ and also provides an observation point for the garden. A memorial chair commemorates war veterans and victims. A stream flows through the garden, defying the barriers of human conflict and depicting the feelings of love and tension that the designer believes co-exist in the DMZ.


Satoyama Life
Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co Ltd, Cats Co Ltd, Sekisui Hime Tokai Co Ltd, Kubiki Co Ltd, Act, Jyutaro, Kazahana Tokyo Co Ltd 
Designed by
Kazuyuki Ishihara
Built by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory
Long ago, Japanese daily life and nature were closely linked for the people living in the Satoyama, the space between the lowlands and the mountains. The people there drank the spring water and used it to wash their vegetables; fallen leaves were composted and used to fertilise the fields.

Reflecting this simple lifestyle, this garden expresses the importance of living in harmony with nature today. Nature gives the blessing of life to us all and in turn we must treat it gently and with respect. Kazuyuki Ishihara has designed this garden to highlight the symbiosis between nature and our lives.


The Brewin Dolphin Garden
Brewin Dolphin
Designed by
Cleve West
Built by Steve Swatton
This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art in the 19th century.

The garden uses controlled structure, including beech hedging and yew topiary forms, that contrast with looser layers of herbaceous plants. The yew forms represent the history, stability and creativity of Brewin Dolphin and stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants. This create a sense of timelessness with a hint of mystery.

The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden
Welcome to Yorkshire
Designed by
Tracy Foster
Built by Aire Valley Landscapes
The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden by Welcome to Yorkshire brings the Yorkshire landscape which inspired the famous sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

This year is the 165th anniversary of the publication of some of their most famous works: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. The garden is based on a location the sisters used to visit to discuss their ideas and writing, which has become a popular tourist destination, as it is located on the path to the spot widely believed to be a setting for Wuthering Heights, Top Withens. The garden features a stream, a clapper bridge and elements of the landscape that are characteristic of the wild and windswept Pennine Moors.


The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden
Champagne Laurent-Perrier
Designed by
Arne Maynard
Built by Crocus.co.uk
The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden is a timeless, ornamental gardener’s garden.

Created by award-winning garden designer Arne Maynard, all elements of the garden have been carefully handcrafted and are complemented by a soft planting scheme.

Inspired by Laurent-Perrier’s 200 year heritage of time-honoured methods and reputation for creating pioneering champagnes, the garden pays exacting attention to detail, combining traditional and contemporary elements to exude elegance through its planting and landscaping.


The L'Occitane Immortelle Garden
L’Occitane en Provence
Designed by
Peter Dowle
Built by Peter Dowle Plants & Gardens Ltd
The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden recreates the Corsican maquis (Mediterranean vegetation) and brings it to life in the heart of Chelsea. L’Occitane has chosen this magnificent island to inspire their garden as it is the home of their award-winning skincare collection.

To recreate the wild landscape of the maquis, designer Peter Dowle has constructed an uphill rocky terrain framed by typical Corsican trees and plants. The bright yellow Immortelle flowers Helichrysum orientale provide the garden’s main focus. The design features an outdoor seating terrace, a small lagoon and a sandy beach footpath.


The M&G Garden
M&G Investments
Designed by
Andy Sturgeon
Built by Creative Landscapes
The M&G Garden is a new style of English garden that celebrates traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural materials.

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the garden has a strong asymmetric quality. A series of formal paths and terraces combines with a water channel to create a succession of garden rooms. These are delineated by three monolithic walls and a linear bench that appears to float.

The garden features natural, rustic materials including copper, oak and Purbeck stone, shown in their raw beauty. The focal point is the energy wave sculpture, crafted from copper rings, that weaves through the garden.


The Telegraph Garden
The Daily Telegraph
Designed by
Sarah Price
Built by Crocus.co.uk
The Telegraph Garden evokes the beauty and romance of wild areas of the British countryside.

Perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers grow around an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone. The copper details draw inspiration from the mineral-rich upland streams and rills of North Wales and Dartmoor.

A stepping-stone walkway leads across an expanse of water to a simple seating area on a group of boulders. At the rear of the garden a glade of tall, graceful, multi-stemmed birch trees frames the scene.


Gardening is at its most fashionable at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments. A catwalk of colour and creativity, the brightest new ideas, the latest trends and the pinnacle of design make this show the one the world wants to see.

What’s new?
• The new category ‘Fresh’ has been introduced to replace ‘Urban Gardens’. This category takes away the constraints of a defined category and is set to innovate and encourage new ideas and concepts.

• RHS Environment will replace Continuous Learning. This year it will be themed around urban greening and all exhibits will be of either scientific or educational interest.

• Five Artisan Retreats will be decorated by well known designers and artists to inspire visitors and show the creative and decorative potential of a garden hut.

• The RHS will celebrate the Jubilee with exhibitions of photographs of HM The Queen at Chelsea as well as a specially commissioned flower bed. Exhibitors will mark the event in a variety of ways.


The exhibitors
• There are over 500 exhibitors at the show from all over the world, including 16 Show Gardens, 8 Artisan Gardens, 9 Fresh Gardens and one Fresh Feature designed by Tony Heywood. There are around 150 exhibits in the Great Pavilion, mainly from nurseries and florists, and almost 250 trade stands across the site.

• Andy Sturgeon returns to RHS Chelsea with an Arts & Crafts-inspired garden for M&G Investments, the official sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

• The Daily Telegraph will sponsor a Show Garden and has won Best in Show for the last three years, from 2009 – 2011.

Cleve West, designer of Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011, returns with a Show Garden for Brewin Dolphin which demonstrates the popularity of topiary in gardens.

• Joe Swift will be creating the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden which is inspired by the power that plants and natural forms can have on an urban and suburban environment.

Chris Beardshaw returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 after a five-year absence, with a design celebrating the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire.

• After more than 10 years away from RHS Chelsea, Arne Maynard will be representing the art of fine craftsmanship in The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden.

• New Show Garden sponsors, charities Arthritis Research UK, World Vision and Walworth Garden will be making their debut at RHS Chelsea this year.

• The Great Pavilion will host an exciting range of floral exhibits including a life-size topiary version of Frank Williams’ Formula One car, a Monet-inspired exhibit from The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies and displays by the Beazley British Olympic Fencing Team to accompany the exhibit from Hillier Nurseries.


Full lists of exhibitors in every category are available on the RHS website’s Media Centre.


The showground
• The showground covers 11 acres which, for the rest of the year, are playing fields.

• The Great Pavilion is 12,000m2, which is the same size as two football pitches and enough room to park 500 London buses.

• A Show Garden at RHS Chelsea can range in size from 10mx10m to 10mx22m.

• The cycle of planning for the show lasts 15 months.

• It takes 800 people 33 days to build the show from bare grass to the finished article.

• Show gardens are built in three weeks and small gardens in 10 days, but all of them have to come apart in just five days.


History
• The RHS Chelsea Flower show has been held on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913. The 2012 show will be the 99th anniversary.

• The first show consisted of a total of 244 exhibitors, under half of what you would find today.

• The large marquee at RHS Chelsea, which in 1951 replaced a number of smaller tents, has regularly featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest, covering 3.5 acres.

• Blackmore & Langdon and McBeans Orchids both exhibited at the first show in 1913 and can still be seen at the show today.


Royal Horticultural Society
• The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the ways that the RHS funds its charitable initiatives which range from transforming communities, helping children to benefit from growing plants and delivering scientific research that helps thousands of gardeners across the UK everyday


Visitors
• 157,000 visitors visit the show each year. The number has been capped at this since 1988. In 2011, tickets sold out in record time.


Plants and flowers
• Over the past ten years, over 600 new plants have been launched at the show. Around 100 were launched at RHS Chelsea in 2011.

• The Great Pavilion boasts hundreds of different species of plants and flowers, thousands of different varieties, and tens of thousands of individual blooms.


2012 Official suppliers and sponsors
• M&G are the official sponsors of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In 2012 they will be exhibiting a show garden designed by Andy Sturgeon


Food and Drink
• In 2011 the following food and drink was served;
• 12,120 sandwiches and baguettes
• 24,191 cakes and pastries
• 1,128 seafood platters
• 5,567 glasses of champagne
• 35,900 cups of tea
• This year Fortnum & Mason Events will host the Hospitality Village and the President’s Marquee at RHS Chelsea for the first time.


Recycling
• Each year, the RHS runs a reuse scheme at RHS Chelsea which this year is supported by environmental and regeneration charity Groundwork UK. The scheme aims to reduce waste costs for exhibitors and has a hugely beneficial impact on community projects.

• This year, reused materials will help to train unemployed young Londoners to create a new garden on a neglected site immediately adjacent to the routes taken by visitors to the Olympics.

• The reused materials will also help to enhance at least 10 community gardens and neglected spaces in some of the most deprived communities across London.

• On all the sites, the projects will be led by Community Gardeners and Green Skills trainers – giving local people the opportunity to learn how to build and look after their new community gardens and gain accredited horticultural training and work experience.

 

Internet and broadcast coverage
• The homepage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website (www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea) achieved over 180,000 visits during show week in 2011.

• The BBC transmits over 10 hours of television programmes from the show, reaching an average audience of 2.2 million viewers.
 

Date: Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May 2012
22-23 May RHS members only
25-26 May RHS members and non-members

Time: 22-25 May 8am-8pm
26 May 8am-5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3
2012 Show Gardens:
 
The Arthritis Research UK Garden designed by Tom Hoblyn
 
For his fifth year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, award-winning landscape and garden designer Thomas Hoblyn will create a show garden inspired by the great Renaissance gardens of Italy for leading research charity Arthritis Research UK.
 
Inspired by the gardens at Villa Lante and Villa d’Este, Hoblyn hopes to capture the drama, formality and beauty of these historic landscapes. Whilst retaining all classical ideals of order associated with Renaissance gardens, the flamboyance and decadence will be stripped back to reveal a simpler and more minimal design, exploring the concept of man’s control over nature.
 
Water will form a central theme to the garden, incorporating three spectacular water features: a long fountain seat set against a backdrop of 30 powerful jets, a water cascade and a shallow mirror pool with infinity edge. Weaving in his passion for creative planting, Hoblyn will focus on a formal Mediterranean style, with five majestic cypress trees providing a stunning backdrop.
 
Thomas Hoblyn
 
Thomas Hoblyn trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and set up Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design in 2002. His commissions are geographically diverse and varied. Current projects include the regeneration of one of Devon’s most important country estates, the restoration of the former Hunting Lodge of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson in Buckinghamshire, and a community project to restore the gardens surrounding a Hindu Temple in West Bengal. Thomas has been designing award-winning show gardens since 2005 and has accumulated three Gold, two Silver Flora and one Silver-Gilt Flora medals at RHS Flower Shows.
 
 
The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Cleve West

Cleve West, designer of Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011, returns with a garden demonstrating the popularity of topiary in gardens. This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of the sponsor, Brewin Dolphin, and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art in the 19th century. The garden uses controlled structure including beech hedging and yew topiary forms as a contrast for looser layers of herbaceous planting. The yew forms, symbolic of the sponsor's history, stability and creativity, stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants to create a hint of mystery and timelessness.
 
Cleve West
 
Cleve is largely self-taught and was tutored in garden design by John Brookes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1990. He has won six RHS Gold medals, three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and three at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and two Silver Flora medals. 
 
 
A Celebration of Caravanning designed by Jo Thompson

With sponsors The Caravan Club, designer Jo Thompson will evoke the very best of what a break in Britain means. Holidaying in the UK has never been more popular, and to inspire visitors to consider using caravans, a 1950s structure named Doris will form the focal feature of this garden.
 
A palette of pink and cream planting including salvias and irises, as well as Wealden sandstone paths and timber walkways over running water will convey the delights of a touring holiday at home. Blowsy roses of early summer and masses of cow parsley will nostalgically evoke country lanes and classic English country gardens.  
 
Jo Thompson
 
Based in Kent, Jo designs a wide range of gardens from tiny rooftop spaces to residential gardens, public spaces and country estates, both in the UK and overseas. Her work draws inspiration from the Italian landscapes where she spent her childhood summers.
 
Recent medal success includes a Gold and Best in Show (Urban Garden) at the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and a Silver medal at the Gardening World Cup in Japan in 2011.
 
 
Furzey Gardens designed by Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 after a five-year absence, with a design celebrating the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire.
 
Hoping to buck recent trends in show-garden planting, Chris’s woodland design will incorporate ericaceous plants and shrubs to spectacular effect, with acid-loving species such as rhododendrons, azaleas and primulas. Chris Beardshaw will work with students at the Minstead Training Project, the sister charity to Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust which provides services for adults with learning difficulties, to create the garden. Students will influence the design, grow plants and assist with the physical build. It will be the first time students with learning difficulties have been represented and involved directly with a Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
 
Chris Beardshaw
 
Chris Beardshaw is well known in the world of gardening both as a television presenter and ambassador, breathing new life into the industry with his unique blend of skills and qualifications which embrace planting, garden design and landscape architecture.
 
His achievements at RHS Flower Shows have been extensive, accumulating 15 RHS medals.  
 
 
Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden designed by Joe Swift
 
The Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden is inspired by the power that plants and natural forms can have on an urban and suburban environment. Inspired by concerns about sustainability and water this is a dry garden designed to be explored. Four bold cedar-wood frames will draw the long views through the garden whilst dividing the space up into distinct yet visually connected areas. Stone and wood will be present in conventional garden use, as well as in more stylised forms such as oversized horizontally sliced boulders, a water feature and bespoke wooden sculptures to decorate, punctuate and energise the space.
 
Joe Swift
 
Joe is a familiar face at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show having spent much time on TV bringing Show Gardens into the nation’s living rooms. This year Joe, an established garden designer, will design a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time. As well as presenting a range of gardening programmes, Joe writes for various publications and is the author of three books. 
 
 
The Laurent- Perrier Bicentenary Garden designed by Arne Maynard
 
Making a welcome return to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show after more than 10 years away, Arne Maynard will be representing the art of fine craftsmanship in The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden.
 
This ornamental garden will mix traditional and contemporary elements to portray timeless elegance. Handcrafted works of art by renowned British sculptors, Alison Crowther and Breon O’Casey, will be complemented by a soft planting scheme and touches of topiary. An antique pear tree will form a key focal point and the use of water to outline the garden will add movement and a cool elegance.
 
In recognition of Laurent Perrier’s Bicentenary, the chosen materials link the design to the Champagne House’s French heritage. Showcasing a fine attention to detail, Arne Maynard hopes to reflect Laurent Perrier’s world-famous reputation for time-honoured methods and pioneering techniques.
 
Arne Maynard 
 
Arne Maynard specialises in large country gardens, both in the UK and overseas, creating traditional and contemporary gardens using traditional ideas and inspiration. He spent 15 years creating the gardens at Guannock House in Lincolnshire, which have featured in numerous publications. At home in Monmouthshire, he is currently in the process of designing and landscaping the garden around his beautiful Elizabethan tower house.
 
It is the second time Arne Maynard has designed a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, after achieving Best in Show in 2000 for the Gardens Illustrated garden in collaboration with Piet Oudolf.
 
 
The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle

Seeking to illustrate the close relationship between man and horticulture, The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden will re-create the Corsican maquis of the island home of L’Occitane’s award-winning skincare collection, formulated around organic essential oils of immortelle flowers (also known as everlasting flower) grown in Corsica.
 
For his wild landscape, designer Peter Dowle has constructed an uphill rocky terrain framed by typical Corsican trees and plants. Bright yellow immortelle flowers will dominate the garden, whilst a small lagoon, sandy beach foot path and a typical bergerie (sheepfold) will complete the display and encourage moments of contemplation.
 
Whilst the design is rustic, authentic and wild, each element will be carefully placed to transport viewers to the heart of this unspoilt corner of the earth.
 
Peter Dowle
 
Peter studied Horticulture at Pershore College and has worked in private landscaping for more than 25 years, resulting in him travelling to Japan, Italy, Portugal, and the Canary Islands to study and photograph plants and gardens in their native settings. He has featured in numerous magazine articles and Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners Question Time’, and his team has recently completed a series of garden makeovers for Diarmuid Gavin on ITV programme ‘Good Morning Britain’.
 
Peter has been designing and building gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park flower shows since 1997, winning numerous Golds and accolades.
 

The M & G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

Award-winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon returns with an Arts & Crafts-inspired garden for M&G Investments, the official sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
 
Celebrating traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural materials, Andy has created a ‘New English’ style of planting, with which he hopes to capture the fundamental design principles of the Arts & Crafts movement.
 
Displaying a strong asymmetric layout, a series of formal paths and terraces will combine with a mirrored water channel to create a succession of garden rooms delineated by striking monolithic walls and a 5-metre ‘floating’ oak bench. Natural materials including copper, oak and Purbeck stone will be shown in their raw beauty, with rustic textures and visible construction techniques. A dynamic ‘energy wave’ sculpture will form a dramatic focal point, crafted from hammer-finished copper rings and spilling across borders and pathways throughout the garden.
 
Andy Sturgeon
 
Andy Sturgeon is one of the UK’s leading garden designers. Twice voted one of the ‘Top 10 Garden Designers in the UK’ and winner of numerous awards including five Gold medals and Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy blends strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless landscapes. His commissions include unique roof gardens and large country estates all over the UK as well as international projects in Hong Kong, Rwanda, Europe and the Middle East. His work is frequently featured on television and in books, magazines and newspapers worldwide.
 
 
Quiet Time - DMZ Forbidden Garden designed by Jihae Hwang (MUUM)
 
Hoping to demonstrate the versatility and resilience of nature, designer Jihae Hwang will re-create the landscape found in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
 
Throughout the Korean War the natural ecosystems in this area were devastated. Now, 60 years on, the DMZ still bears the scars of war, but has gradually become a natural sanctuary, a place where migratory birds gather and indigenous plants grow. Through the design of ‘Quiet Time’ Hwang hopes to illustrate the true healing power of nature in restoring man-made damage.
 
Confined within a border of barbed wire, considered planting of native Korean species will include plants traditionally used for treatment or consumption during the war, such as mugwort and creeping thistle, known to stem bleeding. Winter daphnes and lilacs will be used in memory of fallen soldiers, symbolising eternal thanks for their sacrifices. An imposing guard tower will form a central feature from which visitors will be able to view the entire garden. Poignantly, this structure will signify the secure boundary where prisoner exchange would take place after the war.
 
Jihae Hwang
 
Jihae Hwang exhibited her first garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011, winning not only a Gold medal, but also the accolade of Best Artisan Garden for her ‘Hae-woo-so’ design. ‘Quiet Time’ will be Jihae’s second garden with the RHS, her first in the Show Garden category.
 
Previous to garden design, Jihae built up a career as a respected environment artist, creating over 250 installation projects.  A selection of her art works currently reside in America and Korea, including work at the Korea National Tourism Organization, Korean Cultural Centre, Korea Tribune and Samsung Electronics.
 
 
The RBC Blue Water Garden designed by Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency

This garden will be a modern and environmentally positive interpretation of the traditional ‘paradise garden’. Instead of formal rills and canals, excess rainwater will be channelled and stored in ‘bioswales’, which will form the central feature in the garden. Planting will be dramatic, naturalistic and exuberant, in Nigel Dunnett’s style, and will feature huge swathes of Turk’s cap lillies, growing as if in their natural habitat. A dramatic pavilion will be inspired by the architecture of the Puglia region of Italy.
 
The garden will explores the concept of ‘artful rainwater management’ by showing how sustainable concepts and support for biodiversity can form the basis for the design, even for the most formal of gardens.
 
Nigel Dunnett 
 
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Director of the Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield. He is one of the UK´s foremost planting designers, and exponent of sustainable landscape and garden design, and originated the concept of `pictorial meadows´. He won RHS Silver-Gilt Flora medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows in 2009 and 2011 and is lead horticultural and planting design consultant for the Olympic Park, as well as joint designer of the London 2012 Gardens.
 
 
Rooftop Workplace for Tomorrow designed by Patricia Fox at Aralia for Walworth Garden Farm, sponsored by RBS

Hoping to challenge our perception of workplaces and offer inspirational ideas for the future, ‘Rooftop Workplace for Tomorrow’ will position the garden as an extension to the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space. 
 
Designer Patricia Fox at Aralia Garden Design will produce an innovative and thought-provoking environment that provides an alternative to the fast-paced city offices that we have become so used to. Using a heavily technologically driven design, the garden will feature state of the art equipment from Toshiba, including a large projection wall, a wide screen TV and laptops and tablets throughout. A green roof and wall will form a central feature, inter-planted with fresh herbs – visitors will be encouraged to pick from these and create their own herbal teas to drink in the garden.
 
Aralia Garden Design wants the public to consider that an office doesn’t have to be an inside space with four walls, and that it can inspire, invigorate, relax and refresh its user.
 
Patricia Fox
 
Having originally trained as a fashion designer, Patricia changed career in 2002 and trained in horticulture at the prestigious Writtle College in Essex. She set up Aralia Garden Design in 2004 and her current portfolio ranges from contemporary to traditional, from small suburban gardens to large country estates.
 
Patricia was awarded a Silver Flora medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 and has accumulated BALI Landscape Design Excellence Awards over three consecutive years since 2009.
 
 
A Rural Muse designed by Adam Frost, sponsored by Lands End

This garden is designed for a couple who have been inspired by their local environment, and in particular by the famous peasant poet John Clare, who lived in Helpston, near their home town of Stamford. The garden will reflect the distinct and diverse countryside that inspired so much of Clare's poetry. Boundaries on two sides will simultaneously add effect to the garden and offer a superb habitat for wildlife, with an Acer campestre (field maple) hedge broken with crafted panels of local dry stone and a green-oak-framed shelter for bees. The materials have been selected to give the garden its regional identity. The garden will demonstrate how one material can be used in many different ways, with large boulders and stonework doubling as stepping stones and seating around the garden. 
 
Adam Frost
 
Adam spent much of his early career as a landscape gardener for the late Geoff Hamilton and created many of the gardens at Barnsdale which are still popular today. He established Adam Frost landscapes in 1996 and was appointed Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers in 2008. He has won three Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and Best Urban Garden for ‘A Welcome Sight’.
 
 
The Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price
 
Garden designer Sarah Price’s large-scale Show Garden will bring the natural beauty and contemplative setting of the British countryside to central London. The garden will be adorned with atmospheric planting and natural stone, encouraging thoughtful connections with the natural world. It will evoke the beauty and romance of wild places in the British landscape with perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers growing around an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone. Copper detailing will draw inspiration from the mineral-rich upland streams and rills of north Wales and Dartmoor, while a stepping-stone walkway will lead across an expanse of water to a simple seating area on a group of boulders. At the rear of the garden a glade of tall, graceful, multi-stemmed birch trees will frame the scene.
 
Sarah Price
 
Sarah Price first exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2007. This is her third year at the show and her first large-scale Show Garden.
 
Sarah is the horticultural adviser to the Garden Museum in London and a visiting lecturer in design at the Department of Landscape at Sheffield University and at the KLC School of Design in London. Her Show Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2007 and 2008 were awarded Silver Flora medals. She is the co-designer of the London 2012 Gardens at the Olympic Park in East London, and remains at the core of the team planning the post-Games legacy design and maintenance of the gardens.
 
Sarah regularly collaborates with award-winning architectural practices such as MUMA; her current projects include landscape designs for a new Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
 
 
Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s Nurseries, designed by Jason Hodges

The Fleming’s team returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show bringing a garden celebrating Australian outdoor living, with modern twists and a sense of luxury.
 
In homage to Jason Hodges’ home town, this will be a true Sydney-style garden where an unusual mix of native and sub-tropical plants will co-exist harmoniously with introduced trees and shrubs from Europe and beyond. Through the use of carefully selected materials it will reference iconic structures such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, while corrugated iron will bring a sense of the rustic, reflecting its use in housing, fences and shedding from the suburban cities of Australia to the great Outback.
 
Jason Hodges
 
Celebrity Jason Hodges is best known in Australia for his role on the hit show, Better Homes and Gardens. However, he is an award-winning designer with three Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Gold medals to his name. Mowing lawns and doing landscaping jobs around his neighbourhood evolved in to growing and building his own landscaping business, Greenart Gardens, which undertakes all scales of landscaping, from concept and design, through to construction and maintenance both of residential and commercial properties. While he will make his debut as a garden designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, Jason has previously covered the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as a presenter for BHG.
 
 
The Westland Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin
 
Multi award-winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to examine and demonstrate the possibilities of multi-level garden enjoyment. The design seeks to explore the idea of gardens on top of gardens and maximise precious open space within concrete jungles.
 
Diarmuid Gavin
 
Award winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin won a Bronze Floral medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1995, a Silver-Gilt Flora medal in 2004, and a Silver-Gilt Flora medal in 2007. He won a Gold medal at the show in 2011 for ‘The Irish Sky Garden’, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, and the City of Cork. He is a patron at Southport Flower Show.
 
Diarmuid has presented a number of BBC television programmes including Gardeners' World; Home Front with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; and, in 2004, a Twofour and RHS production Gardens Through Time.
 
Diarmuid Gavin is also the author of a number of bestselling gardening books.
 
 
The World Vision Garden designed by Flemons Warland Design Ltd

This is both World Vision and Flemons Warland Design’s first time exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A ripple pool at the centre of the World Vision Garden will represent the effect that this children’s charity has in the world’s hardest places, with ripples spreading from the middle of the pool to its edge, showing how World Vision’s work with children also helps families, communities and, ultimately, entire countries. A winding labyrinth path will invite visitors to become part of the ripple where, at the centre, children are at the heart of everything World Vision does.  Walls surrounding the garden and Australian tree ferns offer the pool shelter, representing World Vision's work protecting the world's most vulnerable children.
 
Flemons Warland Design
 
After meeting at Capel Manor College John Warland and Sim Flemons now collaborate on conceptual installations and enjoy blurring the traditional boundaries between art and gardens. Having already achieved four Gold medals at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this will be the first time Flemons Warland Design has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Within 12 months, John has gone from selling secateurs at the show to creating a full Show Garden with the support of World Vision.
 
For the latest information please see http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events

For five days in May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, will be transformed into the spectacular gardens and floral displays that make up the world’s most famous flower show. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is the first event of the summer social season, presenting the best examples of horticultural excellence and setting the latest gardening trends.

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May 2012,

The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3
22–23 May: RHS members only
24–26 May: RHS members and non-members

22–25 May: 8am–8pm
26 May: 8am–5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

To buy tickets: 0844 338 0338 www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
Ticket prices range from £16 – £55 for RHS members, £22 – £49 for non-members

All tickets must be bought in advance


For five days in May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, will be transformed into the spectacular gardens and floral displays that make up the world’s most famous flower show. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is the first event of the summer social season, presenting the best examples of horticultural excellence and setting the latest gardening trends.

2012 is an exciting year for the flower show with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the build-up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show centenary in 2013. This year, the show will feature some of the finest designers including Andy Sturgeon designing for M&G Investments, Cleve West for Brewin Dolphin and Joe Swift for Homebase. The spectacular Great Pavilion will be filled with displays of perfect plants and flowers by some of the best growers from the UK and around the world.

New for 2012 is Fresh, a category which challenges designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are experimental and less conventional in design than traditional Chelsea Flower Show gardens. Designers in this category will be under fewer constraints than in other garden categories, which means Fresh is sure to become an unmissable part of the show this year.

Also new for 2012 is RHS Environment, which replaces Continuous Learning and supports the RHS commitment to improving the environment through gardening. Exhibits in RHS Environment will centre round the subject of urban greening and will be of scientific or educational interest. Themes will include community, water management and harnessing the power of plants to help reduce energy usage and heating costs.

The Artisan Garden category, which was introduced in 2011, returns for a second year with designers making the most of natural, sustainably resourced materials and using traditional craftsmanship to create stylish designs.

In addition, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show boasts displays of floral design from some of the UK’s best florists and floral arrangers as well as scientific and educational displays. Throughout the show, RHS experts are on hand to answer any gardening questions.

Not only does it represent the pinnacle of horticultural excellence, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is also a great day out. A host of restaurants, bars and cafés provide the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy refreshment in one of the most extraordinary venues around.

There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, with some of the newest and most innovative gardening products, not to mention a wide range of beautiful accessories to decorate any garden, large or small.