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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014
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From the Moors to the Sea – a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom
Alan Titchmarsh designs RHS Britain in Bloom 50th anniversary garden at Chelsea Flower Show.
Alan Titchmarsh is celebrating his own 50th year in horticulture by designing a special Chelsea garden for RHS Britain in Bloom.
RHS Vice President, Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL, is designing the garden at this year’s show, sponsored by M&G Investments, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom and Alan’s own 50 years in horticulture.
It is almost 30 years since Alan has designed a garden at the world’s most famous horticultural event. He was awarded a Gold medal in 1985 for his Country Kitchen garden. This year Alan is joining forces with another RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner, Kate Gould, to create ‘From the Moors to the Sea – a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom’, which will be a garden feature.
Currently, after 50 years, there are 300,000 Bloom volunteers who look after 200,000 acres of public land and save the UK millions of pounds annually by cleaning up and greening up their neighbourhoods. The enthusiasm and drive of Bloom volunteers helps create communities that make better places to live.
The garden feature will demonstrate how the 300,000 volunteers help to make Britain bloom as well as exploring Alan’s relationship with horticulture through his life.
The journey starts in the Yorkshire Dales where more than 50 Bloom groups work year round to transform their local streets and neighbourhoods, and where Alan was born. It finishes with a seaside scene to depict the Isle of Wight where civic pride has united Bloom volunteers, schools and businesses, and where Alan has a home and garden.
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said: “By bringing people together across Britain to enhance their surroundings, Bloom makes an immense difference to the UK, from promoting planting for bees and butterflies and making beautiful and social places for people to live to boosting communities financially through encouraging tourism.
“Alan is one of the most powerful forces in horticulture, reaching out to and promoting gardening to millions of people. He has also been one of the biggest supporters of the RHS and, as this garden demonstrates, continues to generously support and promote horticultural campaigns that transform lives and reinforce our great position as a nation of gardeners.
“As the world’s most famous and best horticultural event, RHS Chelsea is the perfect place to celebrate both Alan’s and RHS Britain in Bloom’s 50th anniversaries.”
Alan Titchmarsh, said: “I can think of no better way of celebrating 50 years as a professional gardener, and 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom, than by creating a garden for the RHS at the Chelsea Flower Show. I began my career in horticulture on the edge of Ilkley Moor and now garden on the Isle of Wight – a fact which is reflected in my Chelsea garden and in Bloom itself which celebrates the importance of life-enhancing floral displays from one end of the British Isles to the other. ‘From the Moors to the Sea’ is a joyous celebration of our floral heritage and the people who do their bit to conserve our islands’ plants and flowers and realise the importance of beautifying our surroundings whether in village, town or city.”
Kate Gould is working closely with Alan to deliver the garden with the contractor, Mark Gregory, of Landform Consultants. It will be located next to the RHS stand, at the bottom of Main Avenue opposite the triangle. As it is an RHS garden feature it will not be judged.
Leeds Castle 22-04-2012
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“The Loveliest Castle in the World”
Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Bring the whole family to Leeds Castle with your Key to the Castle ticket and journey through 900 years of captivating history. Open all year round, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Below Stairs Tour – A brand new tour for 2012 shows areas of Leeds Castle not usually on show, telling the stories of the servants who once worked here in the late 1930s. Get closer to the stories of the house by joining an expert guide who will escort you through the hidden treasures of the magnificent rooms of the castle, as well as some areas not normally open to visitors, including the State and Battlement bedrooms on the upper floors.
Park and Gardens – During your visit to Leeds Castle, enjoy the fresh air and stroll through the beautiful grounds of the park estate.
The Cascade Garden – The garden that gives you your first view of Leeds Castle, with its beautiful water cascade falling from the Cedar Pond.
The Wood Garden – In spring, the Wood Garden alongside the River Len is a particularly lovely way to approach the castle. Its carpet of Daffodils, Narcissi and Anemones presents a vibrant burst of colour. Later in the year, the visitor is treated to the splendor of Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
The Culpeper Garden – Named after the family who owned Leeds Castle in the 17th century; the Culpeper Garden was originally the site of the castle’s kitchen garden. During Lady Baillie’s ownership it became a cut flower garden, but in 1980 garden designer Russell Page transformed it into a large cottage garden. With its informal layout and low box hedges as a border this very English garden features Roses, Lupins, Poppies and Lads’ Love, with exotic blooms mixed in to create a profusion of colour and scent.
The Lady Baillie Garden – Designed by the landscape architect, Christopher Carter, on the site of Lady Baillie’s original aviary the garden is a favourite destination for visitors to the castle. With its south facing aspect and Mediterranean style, visitors can relax and enjoy superb views across the Great Water.