Alan Titchmarsh's RHS Britain in Bloom 50th garden celebrated a double anniversary
Alan Titchmarsh celebrated his own 50th year in horticulture with his garden design at Chelsea, a special show feature for RHS Britain in Bloom.
RHS Vice President, Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL, designed the garden at the show, sponsored by M&G Investments, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom and Alan’s own 50 years in horticulture.
Designing again after 30 years
It had been almost 30 years since Alan had designed a garden at the world’s most famous horticultural event. He was awarded a Gold medal in 1985 for his Country Kitchen garden. This year Alan joined forces with another RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner, Kate Gould, to create ‘From the Moors to the Sea - a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom’.
Currently, after 50 years, there are 300,000 Bloom volunteers who look after 200,000 acres of public land and save the UK millions of pounds annually by cleaning up and greening up their neighbourhoods. The enthusiasm and drive of Bloom volunteers helps create communities that make better places to live.
A Blooming success across the UK
The garden feature demonstrated how the 300,000 volunteers help to make Britain bloom, as well as exploring Alan’s relationship with horticulture through his life.
The journey through the feature started in the Yorkshire Dales where more than 50 Bloom groups work year round to transform their local streets and neighbourhoods, and where Alan was born. It finished with a seaside scene to depict the Isle of Wight where civic pride has united Bloom volunteers, schools and businesses, and where Alan has a home and garden.
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said: “By bringing people together across Britain to enhance their surroundings, Bloom makes an immense difference to the UK, from promoting planting for bees and butterflies and making beautiful and social places for people to live to boosting communities financially through encouraging tourism.
“Alan is one of the most powerful forces in horticulture, reaching out to and promoting gardening to millions of people. He has also been one of the biggest supporters of the RHS and, as this garden demonstrated, continues to generously support and promote horticultural campaigns that transform lives and reinforce our great position as a nation of gardeners.
“As the world’s most famous and best horticultural event, RHS Chelsea was the perfect place to celebrate both Alan’s and RHS Britain in Bloom’s 50th anniversaries.”
Alan Titchmarsh, said: “I can think of no better way of celebrating 50 years as a professional gardener, and 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom, than by creating a garden for the RHS at the Chelsea Flower Show. I began my career in horticulture on the edge of Ilkley Moor and now garden on the Isle of Wight - a fact which is reflected in my Chelsea garden and in Bloom itself which celebrates the importance of life-enhancing floral displays from one end of the British Isles to the other. 'From the Moors to the Sea' is a joyous celebration of our floral heritage and the people who do their bit to conserve our islands' plants and flowers and realise the importance of beautifying our surroundings whether in village, town or city.”
Kate Gould has worked closely with Alan to deliver the garden with the contractor, Mark Gregory, of Landform Consultants. It is located next to the RHS stand, at the bottom of Main Avenue opposite the triangle. As it is an RHS garden feature it will not be judged.