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Royal Hospital garden leads the winners at RHS flower show

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was the fitting winner of the best show garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Pensioners’ Garden was created by Chelsea show veteran Julian Dowle, who celebrated his 11th gold medal and his first best in show with this latest win. Kim Wilde and Richard Lucas took the prize for best courtyard garden for their Cumbrian Fellside Garden, created for the Cumbrian Tourist Board. Cumbria Tourist Board chairman and Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time presenter Eric Robson said: “This puts the county on the gardening map and sends out a message to visitors that Cumbria is a superb place to enjoy majestic, colourful gardens.” The Best Chic Garden award went to first-time Chelsea exhibitors Marcus Barnett and Philip Nixon, who created a private exhibition space displaying a collection of photographs in a small garden. The team is planning a larger garden at next year’s event and is seeking sponsorship. In the Great Pavilion, Hillier Nurseries succeeded in its bid for its 60th Gold. The firm also won the President’s Award for best display, created by garden centre director Andrew McIndoe. He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won Gold, and the President’s Award is a double whammy.” Sparsholt and Writtle colleges both won Gold for their Lifelong Learning gardens

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