The naturalistic garden, which also received a Gold Medal, celebrates the dramatic transformation of land through the reintroduction of beavers. Features include a pool dammed by beavers, tree debris, woodchip, alder trees, native wildflowers, an old timber walkway, and a beaver's lodge built around a large crack of willow.
First-time designers Lulu and Adam used native British plants to showcase a naturally rewilded landscape, designed to inspire all those with an interest in eco-forward gardening. "We hope the inspiration of the garden brings a deep sense of hope to young and old, in our role as the restorer species," the design duo told us ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show.
"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," RHS Chair of Judges, James Alexander-Sinclair, says. "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."
Elsewhere, 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. Kate Gould also scored a double win for the Out of The Shadows Garden, scooping both Best Garden and Best Construction in the Sanctuary Garden category.
Best Construction Award (Show Garden) - MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future, Built by Landform Consultants
Best Sanctuary Garden - Out of the Shadows, Designed by Kate Gould
Best Construction Award (Sanctuary Garden) - Out of the Shadows, Built by Kate Gould Gardens
Best Balcony & Container Garden - The Still Garden, Designed by Jane Porter
Best All About Plants Garden - The Wilderness Foundation UK Garden, Designed by Charlie Hawkes
Well done to all the winners!
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