Alan Titchmarsh to design RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary garden at 2014 RHS Chelsea

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Alan Titchmarsh also celebrates his own fiftieth year in horticulture with the RHS Chelsea Garden for British community gardening groups

 
RHS Vice President and one of Britain’s best loved gardeners, Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL, is designing a garden at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments (20 – 24 May 2014), to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom and Alan’s own fifty years in horticulture.

It is the first time Alan has designed a garden at the world’s most famous horticultural event for almost 30 years, when he was awarded an RHS 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.

Today, 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 through cleaning up and greening up their neighbourhoods. The enthusiasm and drive of Bloom volunteers helps create communities that care for each other and better places for them to live.

‘From the Moors to the Sea - a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom’ garden will represent how the 300,000 volunteers literally do help to make Britain bloom and explore Alan’s relationship with horticulture through his life.

The journey starts in the Yorkshire Dales where more than fifty 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 Wright 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.”

‘The Moors to the Sea - a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom’ is designed by Alan Titchmarsh. Kate Gould is working closely with Alan to deliver the garden with the contractor, Mark Gregory, of Landform Consultants.

The Garden Feature 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.

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Notes to editors

 For more information, please contact Hayley Monckton in the RHS Press Office
on 020 7821 3045 or 0207 821 3043 or email pressoffice@rhs.org.uk or hayleymonckton@rhs.org.uk


Notes to editors:

The RHS will be issuing the image of the ‘The Moors to the Sea - a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom’ Garden Design next week.

Images of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are available to download at www.photoshelter.com
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20 – 24 May 2013)
21 May Press Day
20 – 21 May RHS members only
22 – 24 May RHS members and non-members

20 – 23 May 8am – 8pm
24 May 8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London

To book tickets 0844 338 7546 or www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

Ticket prices range from £23 to £68. Tickets must be booked in advance

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 209 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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