Women back at Chelsea Flower Show

Women are back at Chelsea Flower Show with at least three designers pencilled in for next May.

Jo Thompson M&G 2015
Jo Thompson M&G 2015

Only two women designers, Jo Thompson and Kamelia bin Zaal, had show gardens in 2015, a record low in recent years.

Thompson, Ann Marie Powell and at least one other woman are set to design for Chelsea in 2016.

The lack of women designers in 2015 drew criticism as more than half of SGD members are women.

Other designers who will exhibit are Andy Sturgeon (Telegraph) Cleve West (M&G), Hugo Bugg (RBC), Rich Brothers (Cloudy Bay) and James Basson (L'Occitane). The is set to be a herb garden and Coutts and Laurent Perrier will also have a garden. The RHS meet on 29 October to decide which gardens it will pick. They will be announced on 11 November.

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