Hillier wins record 62nd consecutive gold medal at Chelsea

Unbeaten record continues for Hillier.

Hillier Nurseries won a record-breaking 62nd consecutive gold medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a garden that could set a trend for big, unusual specimen trees in gardens. “Hillier Nurseries has an unrivalled and unbroken run of gold medals since 1945,” said Hillier garden centre managing director Andrew McIndoe, who designed the garden in the Great Pavilion. The design included a series of garden rooms highlighting various ways of blending trees into different garden situations. “We are trying to show how you can use height in a small space,” said McIndoe, adding: “Generally, people don’t think enough about using trees, whether amateurs or professionals.” He said that when people do choose to use them, they tend to “put them up as barriers in the background” rather than bringing them to the forefront. Kew arboretum head Tony Kirkham, filming Andy Sturgeon’s Chelsea show garden for a second series of the BBC’s Trees That Made Britain, described the garden’s Cornus ‘Controversa’ from Deepdale Trees as “a tree that doesn’t conform to uniformity — you get a row of 50 and they’re all different”. Chris Jones, co-designer of -Telford & Wrekin council’s show garden, said the council had dug up trees from its own parks because -commercially available specimens were “too uniform for the naturalistic look we wanted”.

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