We were thrilled for regular Ideal World guest, Adam Woolcott, and his partner Jon when we heard they won Gold for the fourth time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show a couple of weeks ago.
We got in touch to find out all about it..
“What an incredible couple of weeks! I’m delighted to announce that a garden that my partner (Jon) and I created at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won not only a coveted gold medal but also the BBC People’s Choice Award for Best Artisan Garden in Show. A phenomenal achievement and we’re over the moon.
Jon and I were approached by leading international equine charity ‘World Horse Welfare’ to design a garden to commemorate their 90 year anniversary. ‘The World Horse Welfare Garden’, was a traditional wildflower garden that highlighted the story of one particular horse called ‘Clippy’ who was rescued from appalling conditions and rehomed and rehabilitated and is now living a healthy and secure life in one of the charity’s rescue centres. The garden featured a neglected, derelict stable in one part of the garden surrounded by barbed wire and plants that are potentially dangerous to horses such as ragwort, yew and nightshade. The garden then opened up to a more welcoming area for horses with a lush meadow and colourful wildflowers, many of which are beneficial to horses such as comfrey, mint, chamomile and dandelion. Central to the garden was a real life sculpture of a horse, made entirely of reclaimed horseshoes. The sculpture, especially commissioned for the Show, included horseshoes from The Queen, Princess Anne (President of World Horse Welfare), champion Olympic horses such as ‘Valegro’ and ‘Big Star’ and also from supporters of the charity.
The garden was very much the story of darkness into light, with the emotive feel of so called invisible horses being rescued and rehabilitated and ultimately having better lives. When ‘Clippy’ was found he was incredibly dehydrated and struggling to stay alive. Today he is a picture of health and even managed a visit to see us at Chelsea. A story with a happy ending. The garden will be relocated to one of World Horse Welfare’s rescue centres in Somerset and the horse sculpture auctioned to raise money for the charity so that they can continue to help horses for many years to come.
Winning the People’s Choice Award means a lot more to us than winning the gold. It is reassuring that a traditional garden with a very strong message still has a very important place at the world’s most prestigious gardening Show. The fact that our garden was the favourite Artisan garden of all the people that came to the Show, saw it online or saw it on television is quite humbling. It’s nice to know it really struck a chord with so many real gardeners. I love creating these nostalgic gardens and to be able to share passion for plants and animal welfare is awesome.
I’m delighted to be back at Ideal World this weekend to bring you some great products to get you as inspired about gardening as I am!
I’ve got two amazing self-propelled mowers to bring to you, with great grass collection systems and various height adjustments, ideal for your small to medium sized gardens and even bigger spaces. There’s an amazing multi-tool with an incredible easy start feature and offering up to 6 different functions including hedge trimming, tree pruning an grass trimming as well as an extension pole to deal with those hard to reach areas. There’s also a brilliant range of tools for you to get your garden looking like a Chelsea Flower Show Garden.
We’ve had plenty of rain, the grass is growing, time to get back outside and get gardening!