Biosecurity threats among factors driving boost in show garden business says Majestic Trees

Increased awareness of biosecurity threats have discouraged designers from sourcing specimen tree stock directly from overseas, leading to more orders for Majestic Trees, its business development manager has said.

Matthew Childs' Hampton Court Smart Meter garden
Matthew Childs' Hampton Court Smart Meter garden

Majestic Trees has fulfilled orders for more than 15 gardens across the RHS Shows at Chatsworth, Chelsea and Hampton Court this year.  The Chatsworth Power of Trees feature alone required 12 artic loads of trees, and Matthew Childs’ Smart Meter Garden called for 29 mature specimens.   

Although Majestic’s mature trees have featured prominently in show gardens for years, the nursery has seen demand grow rapidly over the last two seasons. 

Marketing and business development manager Christina Jones said: "There seem to be several factors at play. We hope of course that the size and quality of our stock is consistently gold standard. Our trees do invariably attract a lot of attention on delivery. And that show-stopper quality is a crucial ingredient for a successful show garden. A second factor seems to be growing recognition of our manoeuvring expertise.

"Over the years, many on site have had the opportunity to observe our team efficiently offloading and placing heavy, fragile show garden specimens with no damage or drama. That reassurance becomes very appealing in a situation where stakes are high and time is short.

"Finally, I think increased awareness of biosecurity threats have discouraged designers from sourcing specimen tree stock directly from foreign growers. Certainly, the RHS discourages this. We are scrupulous in our biosecurity practices which is reassuring to both designers and the RHS as show organisers. 

Majestic Trees supplied the following show gardens: 

  • Kazuto Kashiwakura & Miki Sato’s Kamp no Niha (Chelsea) - Gold
  • Michelle Brown’s Miles Stone:  the Kingston Maurward Garden (Chelsea)– Silver Gilt
  • Jo Thompson’s Wedgwood Garden (Chelsea)- Silver Gilt
  • Kate Gould’s Greenfingers Charity Garden (Chelsea)- Silver Gilt
  • Andrew Duff’s Savills & David Harber Garden (Chelsea)- Bronze
  • Matthew Childs The Smart Meter Garden (Hampton Court)– Gold and the Best Show Garden award
  • Tom Simpson’s Cancer Research UK Pledge ‘Pathway to Progress’ Garden (Hampton Court)- Gold and Best Construction
  • Dave Green’s Stop and Pause Garden (Hampton Court) –Gold, Best Lifestyle & Global Impact Garden, Best Construction Award
  • Victoria Philpott’s Bess of Hardwick Border (Chatsworth) -Gold and Best Long Border

Feature gardens:

  • RHS The Power of Trees (Chatsworth) – a huge display of over 120 large trees.
  • The Perennial Lifeline Garden (Chelsea)
  • RHS Sanctuary Garden (Hampton Court)
  • The Rose Gardens with Jo Thompson (Hampton Court)
  • BBC Springwatch Garden (Hampton Court)
  • The Beth Chatto Garden (Hampton Court)
  • The Wild Garden (Hampton Court)
  • Trees to dress the Main Stage (Hampton Court)


Additionally Majestic supplied a number of gold medal winning gardens at BBC Gardeners World Live at Birmingham NEC.


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