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    COURTYARD GARDENS A Touch of France Garden Design in association with Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells Christian before Dior Site number: RM14 Designer: Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour Sponsor: Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells Press contact: Patricia Thirion Press contact tel: 020 8950 2472 Press contact email: patricia_thirion@hotmail.com Exhibitor address: 160 Merry Hill Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 1DG This courtyard is inspired by the Pool garden at 'Les Rhumbs', the childhood home of the iconic fashion designer Christian Dior. Perched on a cliff-top overlooking the Normandy fishing port of Granville, it was Les Rhumbs where the young Dior, encouraged by his mother (herself a passionate gardener) first developed his penchant for design. As a young boy, Christian set out the Pool Garden and designed the pergola, benches and reflection pool. True to the original garden, the planting theme is evocative of the flowers and perfumes so adored by Dior: Jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley, peonies, honeysuckle and scented roses. The garden uses pink and grey, a colour scheme much favoured by Dior, broken with delicate whites and soft mauves. The small rectangular pool, edged with soft pink coloured bricks, remains the focal point and matching bricks cap the raised beds. A wooden trellis and grey pergola provide the backdrop creating a feeling of seclusion and harmony.

    2010 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

    SMALL GARDEN EXHIBITORS

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    In homage to the great fashion designer, a man's jacket is draped casually on the back of the bench: in the buttonhole a sprig of Lily of the Valley (Dior's favourite flower). Bee Friendly Plants Ltd The Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden Site number: RM15 Designer: Janey Auchincloss Designs and Wincer Kievenaar Architects Sponsor: Global Stone Paving Contractor: Michael Gentry Landscapes Plant supplier: Bee Friendly Plants Ltd Press contact: Julian Wood Press contact tel: 0845 606 0240 Press contact email: julian.wood@globalstonepaving.co.uk Exhibitor address: Stone Farm, Brent Eleigh Road, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9PE With their numbers already decimated by the effects of intensive farming, climate change and loss of habitat due to increasing urbanisation, our honeybees face further threats to their existence from a range of diseases spread by the parasitic Varroha mite and the, as yet, unexplained Colony Collapse Disorder. The Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden demonstrates how with a careful choice of planting, we can all encourage bees to forage in even the smallest of urban gardens. Set within a honeycomb of formal hedging, bold blocks of Salvia, Agastache and Sedum, with their simple flower structures, welcome bees already tempted by the beautiful red clover lawn. In stark contrast to the vibrant plantings, a vein of inky-black limestone runs beneath golden rings of sandstone, depicting the sinister under current that flows throughout the design - the plight of the bees. The limestone rises to form an imposing wall engraved with a thought-provoking quotation that can be viewed merely as a boundary to the garden, or as a chilling epitaph to the fragility of life. Cardiff Council A Centenary Garden for Captain R.F. Scott Site Number: RM10 Designer: Cardiff Council Parks Department in conjunction with Celf Creative Sponsor: Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering and Cardiff Marine Group Contractor: Landcraft Projects Ltd

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    Press contact: Press contact tel: Press contact email: Exhibitor address: County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW 2010 is the centenary of Captain Scott leaving Cardiff on the SS Terra Nova at the start of his polar expedition to the Antarctic. Cardiff in the Edwardian era was a thriving world class city with an economy driven by coal and shipping. Opulent homes often with formal gardens and topiary reflected the wealth and prosperity. Inspiration has been taken from these gardens, together with a central polar sculpture, for a celebratory courtyard garden paying homage to Scotts polar exploits. This will be built in Cardiff Bay close to where Scott set sail and will epitomise the spirit of endeavour and ambition prevalent in Cardiff today. The garden has a central contemporary sculpture saluting Scotts exploits, with concentric bands of planting. This reflects not only the geographical image of the South Pole with radiating lines of latitude but also the points of the compass, referencing Scotts voyage. Topiary planting supports the link back to the grand Edwardian gardens whilst the softer habits of grasses and lavender lend a more contemporary feel to the garden.

    The garden will be built in Cardiff Bay as part of Cardiffs Scott centenary celebrations, close to where Scott set sail and will epitomise the spirit of endeavour and ambition prevalent in Cardiff today.

    Dr. Francesco Decembrini & Dr. Daniele Zanzi Lights and Colours of the Alps Site number: RM8 Designer: Dr. Francesco Decembrini & Dr. Daniele Zanzi Contractor: Fito-Consult Press contact: Dr. D Zanzi Press contact tel: +39.0332 241 316 Press contact email: dz@fito-consult.it Exhibitor address: Fito Consult, Via Orazio, 5- 21100 Varese, ITALY This garden draws inspiration from the Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy. The intention is to pay homage to borderline plants that have a capacity to adapt to extreme environmental conditions but are often unappreciated in everyday gardens. The garden is surrounded on three sides by panels of mirror with images of the Dolomite mountain skyline printed onto. Some of the mirrored prism structures, placed within the garden, reflect light and images of

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    the planting in every direction. The use of mirrors is paramount to this garden as they serve to symbolise both the high altitudes intense sunlight and the reflective nature of the snow and ice. The garden is created with small rocks native to the mountain regions of North Italy as well as the plants: shrubs, small dwarf alpine trees and perennials are planted in a way to withstand the harsh conditions found in the mountain ranges. A misting system is incorporated with the aim of portraying an early morning mountain fog. Solar panels incorporated within the reflective prism are used to power both the misting unit and the lighting system. Naked Garden The Green & Blacks Rainforest Garden Site number: RM16 Designers: Jane Owen with Ann-Marie Powell Sponsor: Green & Blacks Contractor: Garden House Design Press contact: Ms J Owen Press contact tel: 07950 353 623 Press contact email: jane@janeowen.co.uk This garden conjures up a rainforest family home and it is made, in part, by Cameroonian indigenous Jeanne Noua, Mathilde Zang, Marguerite Akom who want to raise awareness about threats that they, and the rainforest, are facing. The garden has roots in the eighteenth century British tradition of narrative gardens which expressed all kinds of stories from political to personal. The story being told here is about life changes that hunter gatherers are making as their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed by illegal logging, mining and bush meat hunting. Roughly cleared productive plots planted, like this one, with crops like maize and cassava are one of the ways that indigenous communities now provide food for themselves. The maize was grown by students from Rushcliffe Comprehensive, Nottinghamshire and by Woodstone Primary and it will be familiar to temperate gardeners. Many more temperate specimens create the rainforest-style planting around the edge of the clearing - an inspiration to UK gardeners who want to create a rainforest in their own backyards.

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    Strutt and Parker and SAC SAC Strutt and Parker Sustainable Highland Garden Site number: RM13 Designer: Amber Goudy Sponsors: Scottish Agricultural College, Strutt and Parker Press contact: Ms A Goudy Press contact tel: 07974 987666 Press contact email: a_goudy@hotmail.com Exhibitor address: 19a Blackford Glen Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6AD We have adapted an ancient Scottish way of life and suggested a more contemporary way of doing it, with nods to the current cause celebres of sustainability and renewable energy we show the harnessing of nature without impacting heavily upon it. The design allows modern lines and technology to fold themselves into the natural landscape, bringing this ancient lifestyle comfortably into the 21st century, while retaining the tradition that makes this way of life unique within Scotland. This garden is a haven for wildlife: it is planted entirely with Scottish natives with the water rill and inbuilt insect homes providing ideal conditions for birds and insects, including the bees from the crofts hive. We demonstrate a way to live in harmony with the native landscape, flora and fauna, and in doing so promote a way of life that is under threat. Two Moors Festival Music On The Moors Site number: RM12 Designer: Christina Williams Sponsors: Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks Sustainable Development Funds, Rathbones Contractor: Landform Consultants Press contact: Penny Adie Press contact tel: 01643 831 370 Press contact email: adie.exmoor@btinternet.com Exhibitor address: Accott Manor, Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 7PJ The Two Moors Festival commissioned this garden to highlight links between music and the countryside and to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The garden reflects the landscape of Dartmoor and Exmoor; the damp and cloudy interior of the South West; and the rural church concert venues.

    Look through Gothic willow arches and in the distance you will see moorland with a windswept hawthorn standing proud amongst molinia grasses. From the wild high ground a rocky stream trickles over a Dartmoor granite wall into an

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    amphitheatre-shaped pool. Exmoor cobbles form a gentle surround, the whole representing an audience entranced by the sounds of flowing music. In the lee of the church lies a West Country garden with planting typical and natural to the area. Colours are predominantly a restful palette of green incorporating hostas and ferns with flashes of orange (euphorbias), cream (trollius) and yellow (alchemilla). A specimen Japanese acer lies in the corner providing stark contrast to the dominating and cruelly-shaped hawthorn. The timelessness of classical music and unchanging moorland are combined creatively in a garden designed to nurture your imagination. Walkers Nurseries The Pine & Conifer Enthusiast Garden Site number: RM11 Designer: Walkers Nurseries Ltd Press contact: Mr G Bodle Press contact tel: 01302 770 325 Press contact email: info@walkersnurseries.tv Exhibitor address: Mosham Road, Blaxton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 3BA The garden is a tribute to Lawrence and Vera Walker, the founders of Walkers Nurseries & Garden Centre, which was established 60 years ago. Their aim was to share their enthusiasm for pines and conifers with a wider audience. The garden has a small growing area at the rear where plants are produced, whilst at the front pines and conifers are planted with ornamental grasses displaying interesting shapes, shades and colourful tones. With the environment in mind the garden has been created with reclaimed materials from the greenhouse to the reclaimed stone wear. Ever thrifty, the garden makes use of rainwater, recycled pots and a compost heap. An insect house, bird feeder and nesting box are also used to attract wildlife. Welcome to Yorkshire Welcome to Yorkshires Rhubarb Crumble and Custard Garden Site number: RM9 Designer: Gillespies LLP Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire Contractor: Aire Valley Landscapes Plant Supplier: Nostell Priory Roses (Rhubarb E.Oldroyd & Sons) Press contact: Lucy Allen Press contact tel: 0113 322 3563 / 07968 145 611 Press contact email: lallen@yorkshire.com

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    Exhibitor address: Dry Sand Foundry, Foundry Square, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 5DL The garden is a quirky take on the classic dish of rhubarb crumble and custard inspired by Yorkshires very own Rhubarb Triangle, a nine square mile triangle where rhubarb is grown on a massive scale. This garden is made even more celebratory as earlier this year Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was awarded protected name status. Government officials announced the world-famous local produce is to get the same Protected Designation of Origin status as the likes of Parma ham and Champagne from the European Commissions Protected Food Name Scheme. The garden is relaxing, informal and charming. It uses traditional and natural materials and celebrates Yorkshires produce, craftsmanship and its famous landscape. It also demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of an aesthetic but productive response to gardening in a small urban courtyard garden. A mouthwatering bowl of rhubarb sits centre stage, with a traditional dry stone wall crumble topping, all washed down with a good serving of custard flowing through the garden. The York stone patio with custard ring features a handcrafted oak chair (inspired by a spoon), which invites you to relax and experience a taste of Yorkshire. A serpentine path winds through the garden edged by soft swathes and sculptural mounds of Yorkshire inspired planting. Rhubarb forcing pots create focal points throughout the garden. The planting becomes more wild and agricultural as you move through the garden. A feature tree brings a vertical element to the space and a timber perch is incorporated into the drystone wall to create an informal place to sit.

    URBAN SPACES Bradstone Bradstone Biodiversity Garden Site number: RHW35 Designer: Paul Hervey-Brookes (Chris Beardshaw Scholar 2009) Sponsor: Bradstone Press contact: Jane Southcott Press contact tel: 01275 852 026 Press contact email: jane@janesouthcottpr.co.uk Exhibitor address: 1 Anthonys Cross, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JQ Biodiversity is defined as the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem. The biodiversity garden prompts us to think of our green spaces not only as a place

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    to relax and enjoy but also as a multilayered habitat. By combining sustainable practice with biodiversity the garden offers a species rich habitat for a range of at risk garden insects and mammals. Some of Bradstones most environmentally aware products have been combined to create structures, which are not only beautiful but actively enhance biodiversity. By combining recycled sustainable landscape materials, with a diverse range of plants, from trees to shrubs, perennials and annuals, along with insect habitats and nesting opportunities for birds, the garden is truly a bio-diverse space that thinks about its own connection and impact on the wider landscape. BrandAlley.co.uk and Nicholas Dexter Gardens The Naturally Fashionable Garden Site number: RHW32 Designer: Nicholas Dexter NDG Garden and Landscape Design Sponsor: BrandAlley.co.uk Contractors: Second Nature Landscapes Plant suppliers: Coblands Plants, Deepdale Tress Ltd and UPM Tilhill Press contact: Kristina Laslett Press contact tel: 07768 035 314 Press contact email: kristina.laslett@brandalley.co.uk Exhibitor address: 24 Vere Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4NR Nicholas Dexter and his team at NDG+ looked to the world of textile, fabrics and fashion for inspiration. As Nick explains, We focused on the fact that BrandAlley sells fashion and how nature has constantly inspired fashion through colour, pattern and texture. And that became the focal point of our garden. The layout of this chic, urban garden is strongly influenced by the pioneering work of avant-garde artist, Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), who showed how art could enhance any surface. Not just canvas. Her stunning textile designs were all the rage in the most fashionable circles during the Art Deco era. Renowned for their vibrant colours and sharp, geometric collages, they are just as fresh, modern and relevant today. This bold and contemporary, bijou garden, beautifully constructed from sumptuous and luxurious, natural materials, makes a powerful style statement. Fashion by its very nature is confident, artistic, challenging and in a continual state of change, but the underlying principles of good design remain constant.

    By combining a defined geometric pattern with natural elements, NDG+ have created an exciting composition. The random nature of fabric fibres, when viewed under an electron microscope, is the inspiration behind the birch stumpery. Water flows through the stumpery to add sound and a subtle focal

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    point to the garden. Textile patterns influence the sinuous layout of plants, which are arranged into well-defined groups. Repeated planting creates a calm and ordered effect, encouraging the visitor to escape from the stress of modern, urban living and to be soothed by the colours and textures of nature.

    These jazzy, notice-me patterns and splashy geometrics, inspired by the art world, are totally on trend this season, fulfilling every fashionistas fantasy. David Domoney Ltd Ace of Diamonds Garden Site number: RHW29 Designer: David Domoney Ltd Sponsor: BMI Diamond Club Press contact: Mr D Domoney Press contact tel: 01926 642 121 Press contact email: info@domoney.tv Exhibitor address: Mill Lane, Kineton, Warwick, CV35 0LA

    Ace of Diamonds celebrates for the first time the links between plants and precious stones.

    Many of the plants used either have gemstones in their names or have flowers reminiscent of precious stones, such as Cirsium (the thistle) original Celtic jewellery, Erygium (sea holly) Solomons seal and many others. Ladies Mantle, through minute hairs on the leaf, adds surface tension to hold water droplets that look like diamonds. The mulch will be glass cut diamonds and diamond shards of metallic compounds.

    As well as giving access to the patio, the path represents the loop of a chain; when viewed from above, it looks like a necklace, with the central diamond-shaped patio forming a pendant. The raised seating area provides a place to relax and enjoy a view of the garden.

    The garden walls will be 100ks worth of semi precious stone cut from rock face and back lit to show the effect. Amethyst and Quartz. The infrastructure to hold these items upright is a test of engineering alone unprecedented at Chelsea, supplied by Chiltern Marble. The aim is to add lighting that will defy daylight and ad luminosity to an environment (outdoors) to compete with natures ambient light level and give rainbow refraction through diamonds.

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    The garden will have an estimated 20 Million pounds worth of Diamonds and precious stones for press day. This garden will alone eclipse the total value of all the exhibits combined at the 2010 Chelsea Flower show and the total of the costs of last years show too! The Diamond supplier is Leviev no less, the New Bond Street Jeweller to the Rich & Famous. International Diamond Expert Keith Gerrard MD of Leviev UK is the consultant on the project. Dyslexia Research Trust Dyslexia A Barrier to Education? Site number: RHW34 Designer: Tim Fowler Garden Design Contractor: TJS Landscapes Ltd Plant supplier: Ladybrook Nursery, Iris of Sissinghurst Press contact: Mr T Fowler Press contact tel: 01606 852 240 Press contact email: timsgardens@aol.co.uk Exhibitor address: 49 Hill Top Road, Acton Bridge, Cheshire, CW8 3RA The garden aims to highlight some of the work undertaken by the Dyslexia Research Trust; analysing how the brain processes visual information differently depending on its colour specifically blue and yellow frequencies compared to white light. The garden is divided in two by a natural stone wall, with a path from the white side of the garden to the blue and yellow side. The opening in the wall is partly blocked by books depicting the barrier to learning that reading can be to sufferers of dyslexia. The bed of the path is laid in a decorative mosaic-style: it includes jumbled letters in the white garden, changing to clear words in the yellow/blue garden. The path leads to a shallow glass water feature representing a lens used to focus or tint light. A beautiful garden seat with an open book is placed beside the water feature. A place to sit and read to reflect on ones achievements in overcoming dyslexia! Easigrass (Gardens) Ltd The Urban Plantaholics Kitchen Garden Site number: RHW42 Designer: Hortus Infinitus Press contact: Anthony Gallagher Press contact tel: 0845 094 8880 Press contact email: sales@easigrass.com Exhibitor address: Willow Cottage, Colwell Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7QZ

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    This is the garden of a plantaholic bachelor who lives in the city and has a high profile, stressful job. He wants to escape into his own private world with only his beloved plants for company. He does not cook at home and has allowed his latest passion, orchids, to take over the kitchen. Not being a sun worshiper and craving privacy, he has replaced the conservatory with a grotto, the walls and ceiling of which is finished in a high quality artificial grass. The grotto has a seat sculpted into the back wall from which he can enjoy his prized collection of ferns. Water falls in a curtain across the entrance, beyond which is a planting of Bronze Fennel, Pink Tulips and Verbena. Gardeners Boutique The Go Modern Garden Site number: RHW45 Designer: Jamie Dunstan Sponsor: Go Modern Contractor: Gardeners Boutique Plant supplier: Gardeners Boutique Press contact: Phyllis Walters Press contact tel: 020 7349 7135 Press contact email: phyllis@phylliswalters.com Exhibitor address: 565 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10. The garden has been designed to accommodate the clients request for a free draining area to be incorporated into an existing damp garden. The purpose of this area is to create an informal area to relax within the garden. The style of the garden should be modern and feature traditional materials. Contemporary outdoor furniture is to be used to stand out against the traditional materials and will be casually placed within the planting around an outdoor fire. The hard materials chosen for the garden include limestone which is to form the retainers for the elevated area, oak is to be used for the timber walkway and rusty steel for the planters (containing the Betula). These materials were chosen for their rustic appearance giving a more aged look to the overall scheme and also to contrast with the contemporary furniture and the contemporary outdoor fire. A contemporary stainless steel sculpture will add height to the garden and provide a visual link between the two planting areas.

    INO The Waterless Water Garden Site number: RHW28 Designer: Tomoko Osonoe and Kei Iwata

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    Contractor: Alfie Bines Garden Plant Suppliers: Euro plants, Tendercare Nurseries, Loder plants, Crocus, Howard Nurseries, Ashwood Nurseries Press contact: Tomoko Osonoe Press contact tel: 0795 644 7710 Press contact email: osonoe1208@hotmail.com Website: www.inogardendesign.com Exhibitor address: 1650-13 Kami Ageo-Shi, Saitama, Japan This is a modern style roof garden that might be found in a stylish new building. The theme of the garden is a contemporary Dry Water garden. We got our inspiration from the Japanese Zen Garden which represents beautiful sceneries in conceptual ways.

    There is a river which comes down the mountain valley. We tried to express the flow of water freely in the abstract by using plants and materials. The mesh sculpture symbolises a fountain. The unique planting leads people into the garden space to find a modern but soothing area.

    Kate Gould Gardens for Hartman UK Hartman A Joy Forever Garden Site number: RHW31 Designer: Kate Gould Gardens Sponsor: Hartman UK Contractor: The Garden Builders Plant suppliers: Ochard Dene Nurseries, Euro Plants Press contact: Caroline Collett PR Ltd Press contact tel: 01297 444 179 Press contact email: kategould@heliosdesigns.co.uk Website: www.hartmanuk.com Exhibitor address: Hartman UK, Stafford Park 6, Telford TF3 3AB An enclosed sunken garden for a small terraced house owned by a young couple, who like to use their garden for entertaining and relaxing at all times of the year, but who dont necessarily have a lot of spare time to garden. An all weather wicker sofa and bespoke fireplace create the feel of an outdoor room and the planting has a strong backbone of evergreen plants and shade tolerant perennials under the canopy of neatly structured pleached trees. The palette of plants is designed to provide a strong and interesting picture at all times of the year. Rainwater harvesting is integrated into the scheme and all the floor surfaces are to be of a permeable concrete.

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    KKE Architects Ltd The University of Worcester Garden Site number: RHW33 Designer: KKE Architects Sponsor: The University of Worcester supported by Buildbase Contractor: SpellerMetcalfe Limited Plant suppliers: Howards Nurseries Limited, Deepdale Trees Limited, Kelways Plants Limited Press contact: Kate Moss Press contact tel: 01905 542 276 Press contact email: k.moss@worc.ac.uk Exhibitor address: St Georges House, 7 - 11 Lowesmoor, Worcester, WR1 2RS This garden, set in a quiet area of a larger quad, offers the opportunity for students and staff to take time out from the hustle and bustle of college life. The smooth stone pavings pass under a pergola offering shade and shelter with seating and small pools of water to create a tranquil space to sit in. The pergola has coloured glass to reflect the changing light throughout the day and enhance the garden lighting in the evening. The materials and planting for the garden have been chosen to give a sustainable and low allergen approach. Foliage plants with contrasting textures and colours are intermingled with dashes of colour from Irises, Peonies and Astrantias, reflecting the coloured glass in the pergola. At the front of the garden is a multi-stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii, a low allergen tree beautiful in all seasons particularly Autumn as the students return for their new term.

    This garden will be relocated to the new National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at the University who support medical and commercial services with their life changing allergy research.

    RABI (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution), Wilkin and Sons (Tiptree Jams) and Writtle College John Joseph Mechi Site number: RHW30 Designer: Ben Wincott Sponsor: Wilkin and Sons Contractor: Writtle College Plant supplier: Wyevale East and Ken Muir Press contact: Nick Bond (RABI) and Ben Wincott (Writtle College)

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    Press contact tel: 01865 724 931 (Nick, RABI) and 01245 424 200 (Ben, Writtle College) Press contact email: nick.bond@rabi.org.uk or ben.wincott@writtle.ac.uk Exhibitor address: Shaw House, 27 West Way, Oxford, OX2 0QH The garden dedicated to Victorian entrepreneur John Joseph Mechi uses the planting and design to portray his interests in developing modern systems of cultivation, his legacy to those who work on the land today and the continuing advances in fruit production at Tiptree. The design pays tribute to his unique connection with both the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and to Wilkin & Sons who are celebrating 125 years of producing preserves at Tiptree. John Joseph Mechi divided his time between the City of London and Tiptree Hall in Essex where he became known for pioneering many new agricultural techniques. In 1860 his concern for the welfare of those working on the land led to the founding of RABI. In 1875, a neighbouring farmer, Arthur Charles Wilkin, started making preserves from fruit grown on his farm and in 1913 Wilkin & Sons purchased Tiptree Hall. As a result the land on which John Joseph Mechi developed innovative farming practices 150 years ago is now being used to develop modern systems of fruit production. Thrive The Unexpected Gardener Site number: RHW44 Designer: Jo Thompson Contractor: New Ground Landscapes Plant suppliers: Roger Platts, Iris of Sissinghurst, Hillier Nurseries, Peter Beales Roses Press contact: Emma Hall Press contact tel: 0795 6307 382 Press contact email: emma@thesmallbusinessconsultancy.com Exhibitor address: The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AAT.

    The Unexpected Gardener, created by innovative charity Thrive in partnership with award-winning designer Jo Thompson, is stunning proof that age or disability need not mean an end to the joys of gardening.

    The Unexpected Gardener has been designed for the more mature person who may find gardening more physically challenging than in the past, but is reluctant to compromise on style. Combining practicality with visual appeal, this delightfully colourful garden incorporates raised planter beds for ease of access,

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    an outdoor fireplace, fountain and seating area, whilst trees provide support and shade.

    Featured plants include Iris Jamie Roo making its show debut, as well as a delightful and rare Geranium 'Southease Celestial' alongside caramel-coloured roses and rich blue and purple irises, as well as other plants grown by Thrive disabled gardeners.

    Set up in 1998, Thrive provides a range of specialist services, training and structured horticultural programmes to help thousands of disabled people around the country improve their quality of life through horticulture. UK Skills Growing World Class Talent Celebrating the Workforce of Tomorrow Site number: RHW43 Designer: Paul Green of The Green Design Partnership Sponsors: Marshalls, Tarmac, Jewson, Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), York Services & Supply Contractor: UK Skills Plant Suppliers: National Wildflower Centre, Orchard House Nursery, Howards, Askham Bryan College, Mires Beck Nursery, Howards Nursery, Vertigrow Nursery, Chase Organics, Pennards Plants, Marshland Herb Nursery Press contact: Kate Moloughney Press contact tel: 020 7429 2827 Press contact email: kate.moloughney@ukskills.org.uk Exhibitor address: 3rd Floor, 36 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1BN This garden is a celebration of the skills and talents of young people in the UK. Designed to show the range of skills involved in constructing an outdoor space suitable for 21st century living, this garden has been built by a team of people under the age of 25. The team comprises of past competitors of WorldSkills, the largest skills competition in the world, and those looking to secure a place in Team UK when the event comes to London in 2011. Their expertise ranges from landscape gardening, bricklaying and electrical installation to cabinet making and stonemasonry, all of which are on show in the garden and will be represented at WorldSkills. The garden has been designed and constructed to promote excellence in vocational education and training. The biennial WorldSkills Competition will be hosted by UK Skills in London from 5th-8th October, 2011. Over 1,200 competitors, from 50 countries will compete.

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    The UK is currently ranked 6th in the world. The challenge is to secure a top 5 place in the medal count when the event takes place on home turf.

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