The results are in from the world’s most prestigious flower show, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) have been awarded top accolades.
Eight Gold, three Silver-Gilt, one Silver and one Bronze was this year’s medal haul for some of BALI’s most experienced members, with the association’s Affiliate (supplier) members also achieving two coveted 5 Star, three 4 Star and one 3 Star awards for their trade stands.
Themes this year centred on female education in Africa, climate change and the reclamation of nature and the positive effects on well-being. Many members designing and/or building gardens opted to use large specimen trees, swathes of green foliage with bursts of colour and the movement of water to promote their global messages.
In the Show Garden category, Gold medals were bestowed upon Mark Gregory for his The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, built by Landform Consultants (Registered Contractor) whilst Andy Sturgeon’s MBALI (Registered Designer) The M&G Garden and Chris Beardshaw’s MBALI (Associate Honorary) The Morgan Stanley Garden also picking up Gold. The M&G Garden was also awarded the Best Show Garden title.
Silver-Gilt medals were awarded to Kate Gould MBALI (Registered Designer) for The Greenfingers Charity Garden and Warner’s Distillery Garden, built by Bowles & Wyer (Registered Contractor). The Dubai Majlis Garden built by Landform Consultants (Registered Contractor) also took home a Silver-Gilt.
Stewart Landscape Construction’s (Registered Contractor) The Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ Garden was awarded a Silver and The Savills and David Harber Garden, the creation of Andrew Duff MBALI (Registered Designer), was awarded a Bronze.
In the Space to Grow Garden category, Jilayne Rickard’s MBALI (Registered Designer) The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls In Africa a Space to Grow was awarded a prestigious Gold and The Outdoor Room (Registered Contractor) also took Gold for Facebook: Beyond the Screen as well as the Best Space to Grow Garden and Best Construction (Space to Grow/Artisan) titles.
Rounding out the garden medals for BALI members was in the Artisan Garden category, where idverde (Registered Contractor) scooped a Gold for their Family Monsters Garden and the Best Artisan Garden prize.
Gold medals were also awarded to both Peter Beales Roses (Registered Affiliate) and Sparsholt College (Training Provider BALI), with the latter claiming Best Discovery Exhibit.
BALI’s Chief Executive, Wayne Grills, said of the achievements; “On behalf of BALI, I would like to congratulate every member who has worked tirelessly to make the RHS Chelsea Flower Show what it has become, that being the world’s largest and most publicly recognised flower show. Whether you are a medal winner or not, your contribution through exceptional design, build and supply has proven once again that BALI members deliver to the very highest of industry standards.
He continued “For BALI, we pride ourselves on supporting and promoting our members and the work that they do, all year-round. BALI will continue to champion quality landscaping on behalf of the landscape industry and its members to ensure quality, skill and professionalism are maintained.”
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 is open to RHS members only today, and the general public from Wednesday 22 May until Saturday 25 May 2019. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea.