Garden for patients recovering from spinal injury wins Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

RHS Chelsea Flower Show has awarded Best in Show to Harris Bugg Studio for Horatio’s Garden, a wheelchair accessible garden for patients recovering from spinal injury.

Horatio’s Garden is the first fully accessible garden to win Best in Show with wheelchair access being fundamental to the whole design process and is the second time the design duo has won the coveted award for a garden at the world famous flower show.

On receiving Best in Show, Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg said: “It’s unbelievable and still sinking in.  It’s a really special garden for us because of the nature of the charity. Horatio’s is a charity about gardens and how they help on journeys of healing and so it feels absolutely right that it should win Best in Show. We are delighted for the charity, and we hope it helps to raise the profile of the incredible work they do and are delighted it will live on to form the heart of Horatio’s Garden Sheffield after the show.”

On selecting this year’s winner, RHS Chair of Show Garden Judges Marie-Louise Agius said: “The standard of the Show Gardens this year was extremely high. What particularly stood out about The Horatio’s Garden was how the design had been driven by the end user, to be experienced by spinal injury patients from a bed or wheelchair.  The garden is uplifting, beautiful, and considered and for someone who has had a life altering spinal injury it will provide them with a wonderful sanctuary.  The brief and the garden was delivered at an exceptional level.” 

The entry by six-time Gold medal winner Cleve West, The Centrepoint Garden, was awarded the prize for Best Construction in the Show Garden category. The garden, which West described as a “very visceral metaphor for young people facing homelessness” and featured a half demolished building at its centre and upended tree roots, was praised for its impressive construction.

In the small garden categories, Best in Shows were awarded to Charlie Hawkes’ The National Brain Appeal’s Rare Space Garden in the Sanctuary Gardens category, and to Rosemary Coldstream for Feels Like Home in the Balcony and Container Gardens. The Talitha Arts Garden, by Joe and Laura Carey, won the top award in the All About Plants category.

Demonstrating the skills and expertise of the growers in the Great Pavilion a total of 51 Gold Medals were awarded with Best Exhibit going to Kells Bay House & Gardens. First time exhibitors The Caley Brothers received the New Design Award for their display of mushrooms - the home grown edibles collection.

Plant of the Year was also awarded to Agapanthus Black Jack’ (‘Dwaghyb02’) amongst a shortlist of 18 plants and the RHS Sustainable Product of the Year went to Lindum wildflower turf.

The full awards list is available on the RHS Website here:

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is sponsored by The Newt in Somerset.

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Best Show Garden: Harris Bugg Studio, Horatio’s Garden
Best Construction Award, Show Garden: Cleve West, The Centrepoint Garden
Best All About Plants Garden: The Talitha Arts Garden
Best Sanctuary Garden: The National Brain Appeal's Rare Space Garden
Best Construction Award, Sanctuary Garden: The National Brain Appeal's Rare Space Garden
Best Balcony & Container Garden: Rosemary Coldstream: Feels Like Home

The Best Exhibit in the Great Pavilion:  Kells Bay House & Gardens : The Ferns of Kells Bay Gardens
New Design Award:  Caley Brothers: Mushrooms - the homegrown edibles collection
Best Discovery Exhibit:  Sparsholt College: Rustic Recipes Reimagined

Best House Plant: Geb & Green: Steam.Clean.Plant. Repeat

Best Floristry Exhibit:
Hubbards Florist: The Beauty of Recycling Floral Bin
Ambassadors’ Choice: Emma Thistlethwaite: Annual

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Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science.

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With a focus on Somerset heritage, sustainable agriculture and artisan production, the estate encompasses a luxury hotel and spa within Hadspen House and the Farmyard, designed by Karen Roos, in addition to restaurants, farm shops, immersive garden attractions and a Cyder Press & Cellar. For more information visit:

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