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Rewilding Garden Wins Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, has crowned Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt’s A Rewilding Britain Landscape Best in Show – the second year in a row that first-time designers have taken the top prize.

Urquhart & Hunt Landscape Design’s garden for the charity Rewilding Britain received a Gold medal for its naturalistic design celebrating the dramatic transformation of land through the reintroduction of beavers, and was made possible thanks to funding by Project Giving Back. Using UK native plants, West Country stone and reclaimed timber, the garden evokes a rewilded landscape in the South West of England with a beavers’ dam representing a re-established colony of this keystone species.

RHS Chair of Judges James Alexander-Sinclair said of the award winning garden:
“It’s exciting to be back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, and while all of this year’s gardens are sensational, a few really stood out. It was a hard-fought debate between the members of the judging panel to decide which garden to award Best in Show. In the end, all the judges were captivated by the skill, endeavour and charm of A Rewilding Britain Landscape – every step is exquisite.”

Best Construction in the Show Garden category went to the MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future Garden, and was also awarded Gold, marking the 13th Gold medal for RHS Chelsea’s most decorated designer Sarah Eberle. The garden, which is the 101st built by Mark Gregory’s Landform Consultants, showcases sustainable construction materials in an ‘edge-of-forest’ setting, featuring a waterfall and a building inspired by rock strata constructed from MEDITE SMARTPLY.

The other Gold medal winners in the Show Garden category were: The Mind Garden by Crocus; Ruth Willmott Associates’ The Morris & Co. Garden; The Meta Garden: Growing the Future by Joe Perkins; and a 14th Chelsea Gold for Chris Beardshaw with The RNLI Garden.

Elsewhere, Kate Gould scored a double win for the Out of the Shadows Garden, taking both Best Garden and Best Construction in the Sanctuary Garden category. Three other Sanctuary Gardens were also awarded Gold medals: The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden by Sarasin and Partners and Jamie Butterworth; Garden Club London’s A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons; and the Boodles Travel Garden by Thomas Hoblyn.

Two new categories were judged for the first time this year, with all thirteen exhibitors – all of whom are first-time RHS Chelsea designers – enjoying medal success. Charlie Hawkes’ The Wilderness Foundation UK Garden was named Best All About Plants Garden in the Great Pavilion, while The Still Garden by Jane Porter took the top accolade in the Balcony & Container gardens category, created with small outdoor spaces in mind.

The full awards list is available on the RHS website here: Link

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs until Saturday 28th May 2022. Limited tickets are available from the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 24 – 28 May 2022
24 – 25 May    RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
26 – 27 May    RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
27 May (late)   RHS members and non-members, 5.30pm – 10pm
28 May            RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm
 
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL
To book tickets visit www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
 
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.
 
The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.
 
In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.
 
We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
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About The Newt in Somerset  
The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate in Somerset, between the towns of Bruton and Castle Cary. The original Georgian manor house and farm buildings sit amidst farmland, woodland, orchards and acres of gardens - shaped over centuries by successive enthusiasts, including renowned garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse, who first opened them to the public in the mid-1980s. The gardens’ latest incarnation was designed by landscape artist Patrice Taravella. Influenced by thousands of years of horticultural history, mixing ornamental and productive elements, they are a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
 
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: https://thenewtinsomerset.com/
 

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