Designed by Dr Christopher (Kit) Grey-Wilson and created by Ray Drew with a team of nine volunteers, Out of the Woods told the story of the regeneration of a garden evolving in the round.
Drawing on a trend identified at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for naturalistic planting, the exhibit won praise for its attention to detail, overall design and planting.
Grey-Wilson said he had focused on creating a classic alpine garden:
"There is woodland, there is marsh, there is scree and rock and then, containers. It epitomises the huge versatility of alpines. I wanted also to show people what they can do in their own gardens.
"Alpines are not the exclusive little high mountain plants they are sometimes perceived to be. The plants we used in our display at Chelsea are readily available in most garden centres."
Ray Drew who created the garden working with a team of nine volunteers said:
"Unlike a commercial nursery with the scope to invest in producing plants to perfection for Chelsea, we have to work with what is in season and available.
"You have the four elements in the garden which Kit designed, with the old woodland regenerating, the pool bringing moist conditions and creating the ‘stumpery’ and then the water fall into the trough leading to the container area before the rock garden flows back into the woodland.
"The idea was to create a seamless scheme and I hope that’s what we achieved.
"It’s a piece of theatre but it is also something that we hope will inspire visitors to say; I can do that."
Alpine Garden Society director Christine McGregor, said:
"The exhibit was a fantastic effort by a very talented team of people. We were delighted to be awarded the Gold Medal and to see alpines and the plants they are associated with put in the spotlight at RHS Chelsea 2016.
"The display certainly inspired those who saw it and we are hoping that there will be many new members of the society but more importantly enthusiasts for these beautiful plants as a result."