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Cork gardener part of Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal winning team

Crowds attend the RHS Chelsea Flower show in London 2017. Copyright: RHS Credit: RHS / Luke MacGregor

Valerie Keating Bond from Co. Cork worked with the team behind Rewilding Britain garden, which took home the Best in Show award



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2 June 2022

An Irish gardener was part of the team that took home the coveted Best in Show prize at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

Valerie Keating Bond from Co. Cork worked with the team headed by landscape designers Adam Hunt and Lulu Urquhart to build their Rewilding Britain garden.

The garden, which was also awarded a gold medal, features a pool dammed by beavers, tree debris, woodchip, alder trees, native wildflowers, an old timber walkway, and a beaver’s lodge built around a willow. The design team used native British plants to showcase a naturally rewilded landscape, designed to inspire all those with an interest in eco-forward gardening.

RHS chair of judges, James Alexander-Sinclair, said: “It was a hard-fought debate between the members of the judging panel to decide which garden to award Best in Show. In the end, all the judges were captivated by the skill, endeavour and charm of A Rewilding Britain Landscape – every step is exquisite.”

Rewilding Britain was among 39 gardens judged at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. This is the second year in a row that first-time designers have taken the show’s top prize.

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