23 May 2017

What an incredible day! At about 8 o’clock this morning the medals were announced and we are delighted to report that ‘The World Horse Welfare Garden’ was awarded a GOLD medal! Actually, ‘delighted’ is an understatement we were thrilled to bits. The medals were awarded by Tom the Show Manager together with Nicki Chapman from the BBC and our reaction was caught on camera. It was a bit emotional. 

Although the charity had said to us the previous evening that they didn’t mind what medal we were awarded as they loved the garden and it had already raised their profile and shone a light on the plight of ‘invisible horses’, we still didn’t want to let them down. Thankfully, everything worked out well.

It was great to share the moment with Cormac our garden builder (Conway Landscapes) and his wife Diane, as without them we wouldn’t have got the result we did. We have worked with Cormac on all of our Chelsea gardens and we make a great team.

It was also good to have Michael Baines (Chairman of World Horse Welfare) and Roly Owers (Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare) sharing the moment with us, after all this is their garden. I think Roly was just as nervous as we were. Smiles all round!

The charity had organised a couple of events for their guests before and after the Show and it was a privilege to share our passion and enthusiasm for both the garden and the work of the charity.

We did have time to celebrate with a few glasses of champagne and were joined throughout the day by friends and colleagues and just about made a late dinner reservation with close friends. Didn’t get to sleep until late but then you have to make time to enjoy Chelsea as it doesn’t last forever.

Show open days are always very busy but this year there seems to be more people flocking to the Artisan Gardens. The garden is proving very popular with visitors to the Show which is always great and it is nice to talk to fellow gardeners and supporters of the charity. 

I’ve taken a quick break and am writing this blog on my phone from the Exhibitor’s Restaurant at the Show.

Just about keeping my eyes open!

Here’s a few photos :

Right, I’ll publish this and then back to the garden!

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