The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, has crowned Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt’s A Rewilding Britain Landscape Best in Show – the second year in a row that first-time designers have taken the top prize.
Urquhart & Hunt Landscape Design’s garden for the charity Rewilding Britain, received a Gold medal for its naturalistic design celebrating the dramatic transformation of land through the reintroduction of beavers, and was made possible thanks to funding by Project Giving Back. Using UK native plants, West Country stone and reclaimed timber, the garden evokes a rewilded landscape in the South West of England with a beavers’ dam representing a re-established colony of this keystone species.
RHS Chair of Judges, James Alexander-Sinclair said of the award winning garden:
“It’s exciting to be back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, and while all of this year’s gardens are sensational, a few really stood out. It was a hard-fought debate between the members of the judging panel to decide which garden to award Best in Show. In the end, all the judges were captivated by the skill, endeavour and charm of A Rewilding Britain Landscape – every step is exquisite.”
Best Construction in the Show Garden category went to the MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future Garden, and was also awarded Gold, marking the 13th medal for RHS Chelsea’s most decorated designer Sarah Eberle. The garden, which is the 101st built by Mark Gregory’s Landform Consultants, showcases sustainable construction materials in an ‘edge-of-forest’ setting, featuring a waterfall and a building inspired by rock strata constructed from MEDITE SMARTPLY.
The other Gold medal winners in the Show Garden category were: The Mind Garden by Crocus; Ruth Willmott Associates’ The Morris & Co. Garden; The Meta Garden: Growing the Future by Joe Perkins; and a 14th Chelsea Gold for Chris Beardshaw with The RNLI Garden.
Elsewhere, Kate Gould scored a double win for the Out of the Shadows Garden, taking both Best Garden and Best Construction in the Sanctuary Garden category. Three other Sanctuary Gardens were also awarded Gold medals: The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden by Sarasin and Partners and Jamie Butterworth; Garden Club London’s A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons; and the Boodles Travel Garden by Thomas Hoblyn.
Two new categories were judged for the first time this year, with all thirteen exhibitors – all of whom are first-time RHS Chelsea designers – enjoying medal success. Charlie Hawkes’ The Wilderness Foundation UK Garden was named Best All About Plants Garden in the Great Pavilion, while The Still Garden by Jane Porter took the top accolade in the Balcony & Container gardens category, created with small outdoor spaces in mind.
The full awards list is available on the RHS website here: Link
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs until Saturday 28th May 2022. Limited tickets are available from the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea