HTA set for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 show garden

The HTA has hired Warnes McGarr & Co, a Wigan-based garden design/landscape construction company to design and build its first ever Chelsea show garden.

'A Sense of Place' will showcase members' products and skills.

The Chelsea selection panel is considering the design.

In 2017, the HTA and Peter Seabrook had a Chelsea garden inside the pavilion with product and plants from more than 80 members, including garden centres and growers.

The HTA say a main avenue show garden will also be able to show off its Association of Professional Landscapers' members work.

Designer Tom Massey has also entered a show garden. He says the show is over-subscribed this year, though applications do not necessarily have sponsorship confirmed.

Gardeners' World presenter Mark Lane has tweeted: "Get behind me to design the first fully accessible show garden #chelseaflowershow."

Show sponsor M&G has a show garden confirmed after withdrawing from sponsorship, then re-signing.

In 2017, the number of show gardens at the show halved, with suppliers and designers blaming Brexit.

The RHS has discussed a ban of xylella host plants at its 2018 shows, which would include banning olives and other high risk plants at Chelsea.

Landscaper David Dodd is having a year off but fellow landscaper Jody Liggard has had a number of enquiries.

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