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We were absolutely delighted to be awarded a Gold Medal and Best Fresh Garden for our ‘Mind’s Eye Garden’ in partnership with RNIB at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week and then late on Friday we received the full sweep of awards when the garden won the BBC / RHS People’s Choice award in the Fresh Garden category! For everyone involved, the whole Chelsea experience has been fantastic.

A clean sweep of awards at Chelsea Flower Show! - by Graham Cherry

We are thrilled to have received the People’s Choice Award for our garden and have been touched by the very positive comments we’ve had throughout the entire week. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote and congratulate all those who has been involved in the development of the garden, especially our exceptionally talented designers Tom Prince and Alex Frazier from LDC Design.

It was the first time for both of them designing for the show and they are part of a wave of exceptional young designers who made their mark at this year’s Chelsea. For any designer, a Gold Medal at Chelsea is a badge of excellence and we are sure Alex and Tom, who are both just 28, have illustrious careers ahead of them.

The garden was singled out by the RHS Judges as the best in its category against tough competition. Judges were impressed with the ambitious and complex design including a dramatic cube water feature that you could walk through and a raised walkway, which provided a different viewing perspective, as well as the rich planting scheme chosen to stimulate the senses.

The purpose of the garden was to raise awareness of RNIB and our partnership with the charity has given us insight into the valuable work they do. We are pleased that our sponsorship enabled them to promote themselves on a world stage, making the most of the exposure that Chelsea provides. We had a host of celebrities visit the garden on Press Day including Jerry Hall, Jennifer Saunders and Julian Fellowes, as well as extensive TV and press coverage. The garden was also a great showcase of our commitment to landscape design.

We are currently working with RNIB on plans to redevelop their Community Living Service facilities at Redhill in Surrey. Elements of the Chelsea garden will be relocated there in a new sensory trail, which will form part of the educational programme for the facility.

The beautiful garden we created at Chelsea and the awards it won are testament to the hard work of everyone involved, and we would like to extend our special thanks to Dave Fountain, who oversaw the project in conjunction with my colleague Daniel Layton, and Pulham Garden Crafts who built the garden.

For more information on the garden please visit the RHS’s website at http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/exhibitors/gardens/the-mind-s-eye

If you were at Chelsea we’d love to know your thoughts.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive

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