Sturgeon denies copying Gavin's garden design at Chelsea

Gavin's claim that Chelsea garden was a copy strongly refuted by Sturgeon.

Representatives for garden designer Andy Sturgeon have strongly denied celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin’s claim that Sturgeon copied his design at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Gavin said Sturgeon had reproduced his design, which he created some years ago and is adapting for a private client in Ireland. A representative for Sturgeon rejected the allegations, which Gavin made in a statement to the Irish Press Association (PA). PA reporter Mick Brennan said: “[Gavin’s] PR firm, Lindsey Holmes Publicity, sent me a statement. He was very annoyed with what was happening at Chelsea and wanted to go public.” Sturgeon’s representative said it was “just a random, coincidental fluke” and that the pavilion was inspired by a design classic that had been around for 50 years. Sturgeon designed the gold- medal-winning garden for Cancer Research UK. It included shelter from the sun, a distinctive loop-shaped pavilion, soft textural planting, a swimming pool and a hot tub. Gavin had his design for this year’s Chelsea flower show rejected by the RHS on the grounds that it was “unsuitable”. HW was told Sturgeon had no comment to make about the claims. Gavin’s office also declined to comment further.

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