MandG Investments Appoints Roger Platts To Create 2010 Show Garden At Rhs Chelsea
Eight years since his last show garden, one of UK gardeners’ favourite designers returns to London’s premier event
4 February 2010 – M&G Investments, sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has appointed Roger Platts to create The M&G Garden at this year’s event.
It is eight years since Roger created a Chelsea show garden and his long-awaited return will be welcomed by many gardeners.
Roger’s design is a celebration of the traditional – a garden which he believes will stand the test of time. A crescent of paved paths leading to an oak summer house and a hidden sandstone-edged pool are complemented by Roger’s signature lush planting. The RHS predicts the garden will be a big crowd-pleaser.
“We want a garden that visitors will really love – a design that is quintessentially British yet containing one or two surprising features. Roger will use mostly locally-grown plants and locally-sourced materials to create a garden of the highest quality,” said Jacqui Haskins, Marketing Director of M&G.
“Given Roger’s reputation for delivering excellence, both at show gardens and in his own plant nursery, we are confident that he will rise to the challenge to deliver a world-class spectacle in just five months.”
The M&G Garden is a celebration of the traditional: a garden of paved paths bordered by lush planting. Key plants include rambling roses, lavender, fox gloves and myrtle.
Roger said; “I am hugely excited to be back creating a big garden at Chelsea. I’ve had other offers to be at the show, but the time feels right and M&G’s brand, values and aspiration to bring something special to Chelsea for people who love gardening is a fantastic opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
About M&G Investments
M&G is one of Europe’s largest active investment managers, serving individual and institutional savers for nearly 80 years. Total assets under management are £169 billion.*
M&G has signed a deal with the Royal Horticultural Society to be the sole sponsor of the Chelsea Flower Show and Charity Gala for the next three years, including the Olympic year of 2012.