Hillier is the only garden centre group exhibiting at Chelsea 2009 following the departure of Squire's and Notcutts. McIndoe, designing at his 20th Chelsea, has appointed team leaders to head section planting drawn from Hillier Group staff.
They are Philippa Bensley (editor of Hillier Gardening Club magazine, 15th year at Chelsea), Sue Robinson (visual merchandising manager, 10th year), Kevin Hobbs (nursery director designate, seventh year) and Ricky Dorlay (44th year).
Hillier's Chelsea garden portrays the journey of the British gardener in a series of six interlinking gardens. Gary Newell from Hillier's Chichester centre is responsible for the First Base garden, having just bought his first home, while family man Stuart Beasley from Redditch is looking after Coping with Kids.