Kent shines at Chelsea Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 20:30 21 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:34 20 February 2013

Kent shines at Chelsea Flower Show

Kent shines at Chelsea Flower Show

From the first-timer to the experienced hand, Kent exhibitors shone at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Kent Life looks at the some of the local contribution to the glory that is Chelsea

Kent shines at Chelsea Flower Show

From the first-timer to the experienced hand, Kent exhibitors shone at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Kent Life looks at the some of the local contribution to the glory that is Chelsea

The Chilstone Garden

Awarded a Silver Medal in the Urban Gardens category, this contemporary garden was a collaboration between Yorkshire designer Heather Appleton, Goudhurst-based Twig landscapers and their sponsor, Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells.

It was a real team effort. We are a small company and it was a bit stressful at times, although wonderful to see it go from a model and drawings to reality, said Jill Jarrett of Chilstone.

Heathers design evoked a stylish spot to chill out and relax in, complete with a hanging see-through bubble chair inside a neo-classical stone temple, an everlasting polycarbonate ice sculpture and the unexpected addition of eye-catching vibrant turquoise shag pile outdoor carpet.

The planting in tones of purple, burgundy and white featured alliums, phormiums and ethereal grasses to soften the structure.

Chilstone, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0RD

01892 740866

The Twig Group

Hartley Botanic Ltd

Gold Medal-winning garden designer and also our senior judge for Kent Lifes Garden of the Year competition, Roger Platts, with his assistant Jenny Noscoe, designed the display for the glasshouse garden which won a Trophy award, the highest accolade for the trade stands.

Although Roger was the guiding force, he handed over a lot of the process to me, which was a great experience, said Jenny.

Each of the three glasshouses was themed and designed to look as authentic as possible. One for beginners, decorated with tomatoes, simple cuttings and easy to sow plants, one for the leisure gardener and the third for expert gardeners with more difficult plants to propagate.

Twig Group, Goudhurst TN17 1LP 01580 212717

Roger Platts Garden Design and Nurseries, Edenbridge TN8 5NH

01732 863 318

The Great Pavilion

Two Kent nurseries showcased their expertise and won Silver-Gilt Flora awards: Downderry lavender of Hadlow and Brookfield Plants from Ashford for their hosta display.

Downderrys display was a pastel sea of pink and mauve lavenders in full flower. We have been to Chelsea for 12 years but it was touch and go this year with the warm weather to keep the flowers lasting in our polytunnels, said owner Simon Charlesworth.

For Paul Harris of Brookfield, Chelsea was an exciting, if a bit daunting, first-time experience. We are showing a range of our hostas including two new releases, Dinky Donna and Lakeside, joining our group of very popular mini hostas, he said.

Downderry Nursery, Hadlow TN11 9SW 01732 810081

Brookfield Plants, Ashford TN25 4NX 01233 624934

Kent was also represented in the trade stands across the site, including Secret Gardens furniture with its hand-forged, rusted metal structures and furniture by blacksmith and former film set designer, James Kibble.

Secret Gardens, Bromley BR1 3JL 0208 464 5327

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