RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone and Great Pavilion medals

Last updated: 05-25-2018

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RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone and Great Pavilion medals

Birmingham City Council's Windrush exhibit. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
The latest in gardening science and celebrating Windrush
The Discovery Zone returns to the Great Pavilion at RHS Chelsea this year, with diverse exhibits from the increasing threat posed by pests and diseases to the benefits of bees and take-home urban inspiration.
Anniversary stands include celebrating a decade of Help for Heroes, 50 years of Capel Manor College, and the 70th-anniversary of the voyage of the HMT Empire Windrush from the Caribbean to Tilbury Docks.
What to look out for:
The Action Oak Partnership. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Action for Oaks: The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) highlight the importance of oaks in the British countryside and a new campaign to protect them was launched yesterday (Monday, May 21) at the show.
The Action Oak Partnership – made up of charities, environmental organisations and landowners – aims to raise £15 million for research and monitoring to help safeguard the 121 million oaks in UK woodlands.
Action Oak’s supporters include The Prince of Wales, Dame Judi Dench, and Emma Bridgewater – who has created a bespoke mug which will go on sale later this year to raise money for the project.
Honey money: Bees for Development helps some of the poorest people in the world to keep bees and earn a living by selling honey and beeswax. Examples of the charity’s work will be on display, from beehives in Africa to ‘Bee Houses’ designed for gardens in the UK.
Birmingham City Council’s Windrush exhibit. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Plants from Across the Atlantic: Birmingham City Council, who have exhibited in the Great Pavilion with consecutive gold medals since 2011, make their Discovery Zone debut with a display in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the voyage of HMT Empire Windrush from the Caribbean. Working with RHS Ambassador Baroness Floella Benjamin, the exhibit will feature a mixture of plants from both regions and demonstrate the importance of allotments for the different communities.
#plantswork. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
#Plantswork: Indoor Garden Design’s (IGD) second co-creation with Ikea demonstrates houseplants creatively displayed within a home office environment, providing information on how ‘greening up’ workspaces can improve productivity.
Helpful horticulture: The Force for Good by Sparsholt College aims to highlight the positive experiences horticultural therapy has on individuals going through recovery supported by the Help for Heroes charity.
Force for Good in the Discovery Zone. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Great Pavilion Medal winners
The Diamond Jubilee Award: Southfield Nurseries
The President’s Award: Ashwood Nurseries
Best Discovery Exhibit: Sparsholt College Hampshire
Best Floral Arrangement Exhibit (1st Session): Jayne Edmonds
Gold Medal winners
Alpine Garden Society: Alpines for all aspects
Animal & Plant Health Agency: Protect Our Mighty Oaks
Ashwood Nurseries: Hellebore hybrids and species in a natural setting
Barbados Horticultural Society: Where rum comes from
Birmingham City Council: The Windrush Garden
Blackmore & Langdon Ltd: Begonias & delphiniums
Bloms Bulbs: A display of cut tulips
Brighter Blooms: A display of Zantedeschia
Brookfield Plants: A display of hostas
Capel Manor College: Fifty Shades of Gold
Chrysanthemums Direct: Display of cut flower bloom & spray chrysanthemums
Cook’s Garden Centre: Hydrangeas – Fit for a Duchess
Daisy Roots: Perennials & grasses
D’Arcy & Everest: A display of alpines & unusual small perennials
David Austin Roses: Formal rose garden
Derbyshire Bonsai: Bonsai trees
Dibleys Nurseries: 200 years of Streptocarpus cultivation
Downderry Nursery: Lavender cultivars
Eagle Sweet Peas: A display of sweet peas arranged in baskets
Every Picture Tells a Story Ltd: Bromeliads & associated plants
Federation of British Bonsai Societies: British-grown bonsai
Fernatix: Ferns
Flowers From the Farm: Going to Market
Hampshire Carnivorous Plants: Sarracenia
Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants: 30 Years
Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries: Woodland and shade-loving perennials
Harts Nursery: A display of lilies
Harveys Garden Plants: Shade & woodland perennials
Hillier Nurseries: Stihl lnspiration – trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in a garden setting
Hoyland Plant Centre: Cultivation and propagation of Agapanthus, Nerine, & × Amarine
Jacques Amand International: Range of bulbous plants & flowers for the woodland & sunny areas
Kelnan Plants: Mature restios & other South African flora
Kevock Garden Plants: Alpine, bog & woodland plants
Marks & Spencer: The Floral Market
Mendip Bonsai Studio: A seasonal display of mature bonsai trees & accent plants
National Chrysanthemum Society: Chrysanthemums depicting the solar system
National Dahlia Collection: Dahlias from the National Plant Collection
Orchideengarten: Friendship through orchids, then and now
Ottershaw Cacti: Rare and unusual cacti and succulents
Palms Exotics: A selection of palms, agaves, yuccas & exotics
Peter Beales Roses: Display of old-fashioned & contemporary roses
Pheasant Acre Plants: Gladioli
Plantagogo: An educational display of Heuchera, × Heucherella & Tiarella
Pure Grenada: The Road to Success
Roualeyn Fuchsias: A display of fuchsias
South African National Biodiversity Institute – Kirstenbosch: Iconic landscapes: where nature and culture meet
Southfield Nurseries: Cacti & succulent plants
Sparsholt College Hampshire: The Force for Good
Thorncroft Clematis: Clematis adorning reclaimed garden structures
Tynings Climbers: Hardy & tender climbers
Victorian Violas: A selection of hardy perennial summer-flowering violas
W & S Lockyer: A traditional Primula auricula theatre
W.S. Warmenhoven: Allium, Hippeastrum and Nectaroscordum
Wack’s Wicked Plants: A formal display of hardy carnivorous plants
Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors: Daffodils


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