21 May 2013

Garden scoops silver on Chelsea debut

Bruce Langridge

The National Botanic Garden of Wales’ ‘Get Well Soon’ artisan garden has won a Silver medal at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Director, Dr Rosie Plummer said: “We are absolutely thrilled at getting a medal with our first ever Chelsea garden. We are a young garden, and a small team on a tight budget, so this is a major achievement first time out.”

Get Well Soon illustrates the many ways in which a garden and its plants can improve your health through ancient, traditional, modern and alternative forms of medicine.

Dr Plummer paid a special tribute to designers Maggie Hughes and Kati Crome who have worked tirelessly to produce a truly stunning garden: “Maggie and Kati have done such a fantastic job. We hope they are as proud and pleased as we are. We have had such a phenomenal reaction from the people here at the show – it really is amazing.”

Dr Plummer also thanked the sponsors of the ‘Get Well Soon’ garden: Penn Pharma, from Tredegar; the South West Wales Tourism Partnership; and Growing the Future; and everyone else who contributed to the success, especially the team who laboured long and hard in the 10-day ‘build’ in the run-up to the show.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is on until Saturday May 25th.

If you’d like to know more about the plants featured in Get Well soon – follow this link.

The Daily Telegraph’s  Bunny Guinness thinks Get Well Soon is one of Chelsea’s highlights – see what she thinks.

And look where it’s going after Chelsea – Award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden set to be re-planted at pharma firm’s factory

* For the full story, see the spring edition of Yr Ardd – the official magazine of the National Botanic Garden of Wales

For more information about the National Botanic Garden of Wales, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or call 01558 667149