HILLIER NURSERIES WINS A RECORD 62ND CONSECUTIVE CHELSEA GOLD MEDAL
HILLIER OVERCOMES HUGE CHALLENGES TO PRODUCE A GOLDEN RESULT
John Hillier, President of Hillier Nurseries, and a member of the staging team, is delighted: “Our Gold Medal success this year has been a tremendous team effort. Staff from our nurseries, garden centres and head office have all contributed to this superb result. I am extremely proud of their achievement.”
“We faced huge challenges this year” admits Andrew McIndoe, who designed Hillier’s Gold-medal winning garden, and is also Deputy M.D. of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres.
“April was such a hot, dry month that hundreds of plants started to come into flower 3 weeks earlier than usual. Our cold store was packed full of plants to try and slow them down. And then the Chelsea build-up phase was blighted by torrential downpours and blustery winds. No, it hasn’t been the easiest year by a long shot! We are truly delighted and relieved to maintain Hillier’s Golden Legacy and our place in the Guinness Book of World Records.”
(Pictured: The Hillier team enjoying their record-breaking success.)
Our focus on ‘Planting with Trees’ was a real departure for us this year”, explains Andrew. “Chelsea is so dominated by the smaller new plants, that it was great to get thousands of visitors and millions of BBC viewers to look up and appreciate the sheer beauty of trees and their versatility in all sizes and styles of garden.”
Hillier’s exhibit used a colossal 3000 trees and plants, 16 tons of cement and ballast, 700 concrete blocks to raise terraces and ponds, 10 tons of paving and walling, 10 tons of bark chips, 5 tons of birch log edging and even 750 hand-written labels.
The Hillier stand took a year to prepare, 10 days to build, is on display for 6 days, and will take just 10 hours to dismantle.
Certain specimen trees are returned to the nursery for much needed rest and recuperation, whilst the rest of Hillier’s gold-medal winning Chelsea stock is sent to Hillier’s Sunningdale garden centre for a Chelsea sale bonanza. Early on Sunday morning, queues of excited bargain hunters will be awaiting the Hillier lorries, as they arrive in from Chelsea direct.