Friday 23 May 2014
Alan Titchmarsh was presented with a unique RHS trophy for his garden feature celebrating 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom
RHS Vice President and one of Britain’s best loved gardeners, Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL, was presented with a special one off RHS Sunflower Award at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, for his garden feature that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom and Alan’s own fifty years in horticulture.
As Alan designed the garden feature for the RHS it could not be judged, however the horticultural charity wanted to recognise the immense effort of the Alan and his team, which included designer Kate Gould and landscaper Mark Gregory. Sunflowers form a special part of the Bloom fiftieth anniversary celebrations, which is why the Society awarded Alan with the RHS Sunflower Award.
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 joined 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’.
On receiving his award, a limited edition Dartington Crystal vase, engraved with a sunflower, from RHS Britain in Bloom judge Jim Buttress, aka ‘Judge Dread’, Alan Titchmarsh, said: “I was told ‘we need you on your garden at half past six’ and I thought ‘what’s gone wrong?’. I had no idea that you would all be here. I’ve had a wonderful time working on this garden, especially with Mark, Kate and the Bloom volunteers. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a very special show for me, it’s always been a special show, I’ve been coming since 1969, and I want to thank all of you for your support and wonderful comments about the garden. Thank you very much indeed.”
Today, after 50 years, there are 300,000 Bloom volunteers who look after hundreds of thousands of acres of public land and save the UK millions of pounds annually through cleaning up and greening up their neighbourhoods. In April, many of these volunteers sowed half a million sunflowers in public spaces across Britain to celebrate this golden anniversary.
Alan’s garden represents how Bloom volunteers literally do help to make Britain bloom and explores his own 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.
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20 – 24 May 2014)
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
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. 210 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.
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