Matthew Wilson bringing 'God's Own County' to Chelsea

A piece of medieval history will be taken to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 after Welcome to Yorkshire unveiled the design for its biggest garden to date.

Welcome to Yorkshire garden. Image: Supplied
Welcome to Yorkshire garden. Image: Supplied

'God's Own County - A Garden for Yorkshire' is inspired by the huge East Window at York Minster, the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain, currently undergoing a major £20m restoration. This will be the window into the garden, which will showcase Yorkshire's stunning scenery, iconic heritage, industries and skilled tradespeople.

Welcome to Yorkshire is working with Matthew Wilson, former Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate. Matthew is Principle Designer at Clifton Nurseries.

Wilson said: "The garden's design opens a window of opportunity to celebrate the county. With the materials and skills used to create the garden, we will be bringing over 600 years of living history to Chelsea. I'm incredibly excited to begin working on 'God's Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire' and can't wait to see everyone's reaction to it."

The materials used will reflect the Yorkshire landscape and will feature stone pillars carved by York Minster's masons as well as traditional stone and timber gargoyles and monoliths loaned from historic sites across Yorkshire.

Planting will celebrate the diversity of plants in Yorkshire gardens with a series of beds directly inspired by the colours of the stained glass in the East Window. On the upper level of the garden is an area of woodland planting, celebrating the many fine woodland gardens in Yorkshire and plant introductions to the county by the great plant hunters.

Restoration of the East Window has been supported with a grant of £10.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF.) The renovated window will be revealed in all its glory in 2018.

The garden will include panels of the same blown glass being used in the restoration of York Minster's East Window, expertly assembled by the York Glaziers Trust.

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