RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 - THE WINNERS

The Trailfinders Australian Garden
The Trailfinders Australian Garden

The Trailfinders Australian Garden has won the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Best in Show award.

Native Australian plants including kangaroo paws and bottle trees featured in the design by Philip Johnson of Philip Johnson Landscapes, which aimed to show the possibilities of sustainable landscaping within an urban setting.

Johnson said that being involved was "a dream come true."

He added: "Winning an award among contemporaries of this calibre is absolutely mind-blowing. We couldn't be more proud of what we have achieved, it's been an incredible experience."

This is the ninth year for the Trailfinders-sponsored garden but the first it has won Best in Show. It took 17 days and over 2,500 people hours to build by a volunteer team led by Philip Johnson Landscapes. Fleming’s Nurseries and the Victorian State Government also sponsored the garden.

An Alcove (Tokonoma) Garden by Kazuyuki Ishihara and built by Ishihara Kazauyuki Design Laboratory won the Best Artisan Garden and the popular After the Fire garden depicting the regeneration in a forest after a fire scooped the award for Best Fresh Garden. After the Fire was designed by James Basson built by Peter Dowle.

Warmenhoven took the Diamond Jubilee Award in the Great Pavillion for its display of alliums and amaryllis.

The President’s Award went to Blackmore & Langdon for its delphinium and begonia display.

Show Garden medals


  • Trailfinders Australian Garden by Fleming's (Best Show Garden) - Desginer/builder Philip Johnson Landscapes
  • The Arthritis Research UK Garde - Designer Chris Beardshaw, contractor Keith Chapman Landscapes
  • The Brewin Dolphin Garden - Designer Robert Myers, contractor Willerby Landscapes
  • The Laurent-Perrier Garden - Designer Ulf Nordfjell, contractor Crocus.co.uk
  • East Village Garden - Designer Balston Agius, Willerby Landscapes
  • The Homebase Garden - 'Sowing the seeds of change' in association with Alzheimer's Society - Designer Adam Frost, contractor Landform Consultants
  • The Wasteland - Designer Kate Gould, contractor The Team Landscapers
  • The M&G Centenary Garden - 'Windows through Time' - Designer Roger Platts, contractor Roger Platts, NR Jupp
  • RBC Blue Water Roof Garden - Designers Niggel Dunnett & The Landscape Agency, contractor Landform Consultants
  • The Telegraph Garden - Designer Christopher Bradley-Hole, contractor Crocus.co.uk


  • B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden - Designer Jenny Blom, contractor Steve Swatton
  • The SeeAbility Garden - Designer Darren Hawkes, contractors Wheelbarrow, The Garden Builders
  • Stockton Drilling's 'As Nature Intended Garden' - Designer Jamie Dunstan, contractor Morgan & Neal Garden Construction


  • Stop the Spread - Designer Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design, contractor, The Outdoor Room
  • Stoke-on-Trent's Story of Transformation - Designer The Landscape Team, contractor Bartholomew Landscaping

 Other awards

  • RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2013: Mahonia eurybrachteata subsp. ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’
  • Best RHS Environment Exhibit: University of Nottingham
  • RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year: Paula McLagan, Something Special Flowers
  • Best Floral Arrangement (Session 1): Barbara Collier

Great Pavilion Medals


  • Ainsworth Displays
  • Alpine Garden Society
  • Avon Bulbs
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Bloms Bulbs
  • Bowden Hostas
  • Brookfield Plants
  • Chrysanthemums Direct
  • Craig House Cacti
  • Crug Farm Plants
  • Culm View Nursery
  • David Austin Roses
  • Dibleys Nurseries
  • Downderry Nursery
  • Eric Young Orchid Foundation
  • Every Picture
  • Federation of British Bonsai Societies
  • Hampshire Carnivorous Plants
  • Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants
  • Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries
  • Harts Nursery
  • Heucheraholics
  • Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants
  • Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres
  • Horticolous Landscape & Garden Design
  • HW Hyde & Son
  • Interflora FTDA British Unit
  • JS Pennings 'De Bilt'
  • Jacques Amand International
  • Kelnan Plants
  • Kevock Garden Plants
  • McBean's Orchids
  • Mendip Bonsai Studio
  • Millais Nurseries
  • National Chrysanthemum Society
  • National Dahlia Collection
  • Norfield Nurseries
  • Orchid Society of Great Brtain
  • Pattaya City & Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Penhow Nurseries
  • Pennard Plants
  • Peter Beales Roses
  • Pheasant Acre Plants
  • Philip Tivey & Son
  • Plantagogo.com
  • Raymond Evison Clematis
  • Roualeyn Nursery
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute - Kirstenbosch
  • Southfield Nurseries
  • Tale Valley Nursery
  • The Horticultural Society of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Thorncroft Nurseries
  • Trewidden Nursery
  • UK Horticulture
  • Victorian Violas
  • W & S Lockyer
  • Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors
  • Warmenhoven
  • Waterside Nursery
  • Westcountry Nurseries

Silver-Gilt Flora

  • Barbados Horticultural Society
  • Binny PLants
  • Burncoose Nurseries
  • Derbyshire Bonsai
  • Eagle Sweet Peas
  • East Malling Research
  • Eversley Nursery
  • Fibrex Nurseries
  • Hardy Plant Society
  • Harkness Roses
  • Harveys Garden Plants
  • Hippopottering Nursery
  • Hooksgreen Herbs
  • Hoyland Plant Centre
  • Kelways Plants
  • Oak Tree Nursery
  • Oska Copperfield Nursery
  • Potash Nursery
  • Primrose Bank
  • Taiwan Orchid Growers Association
  • The Botanic Nursery
  • The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • Todd's Botanics
  • Topiary Arts
  • Tynings Climbers

Silver Flora

  • Barnsdale Gardens
  • Blackmore & Langdon Ltd
  • Devine Nurseries
  • Ken Muir Ltd
  • Sallis Chandler Landscape Designers & Gardeners
  • Taylors Clematis
  • Westdale Nurseries

Bronze Flora

  • Cayeux Iris
  • D'Arcy & Everest Graeme & Pauline Iddon
  • King & Co (The Tree Nursery) Ltd




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