Chelsea Flower Show 2011


The HESCO Garden


Sponsored by: HESCO Bastion Ltd
Designed by: Leeds City Council

This was the ninth entry for Chelsea by Leeds City Parks, sponsored for the third year by HESCO Bastion, who in partnership with Leeds Council were awarded Gold last year. The HESCO garden is one dear to our hearts as HESCO owner Jimi Heselden OBE, who tragically died last autumn, was a favourite customer of ours. We loved his passion for trees, admired his philanthropic nature and think his 'bastion' earth retaining system is ingenious - you only need to visit our nursery to see that! When Leeds City Council approached us about supplying some rather enormous conifers for this year's garden, we were only too pleased to help. The three towering Thuja plicatas were easy to spot - with pot sizes over 3000 litres and the highest one reaching over eleven metres tall, Alan Titchmarsh believed them to be the largest trees ever exhibited at Chelsea.


A Beautiful Paradise (Making Memories with a Green Poem)


Built by: Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory
Designed by: Kazuyuki Ishihara

We first met designer Ishihara Kazuyuki last spring when he arrived at the nursery just before Chelsea with a full Japanese film crew entourage in tow! His design style is incredibly complex and with every detail to perfection, so we were hugely relieved to win his enthusiastic approval! We were delighted to work with them again this year. Featured in the garden were a Quercus suber (Cork Oak), and a Nothofagus Antarctica, a curious big tree with very small leaves and a 'scribbly' growth habit. Also featuring were some lush lime green Acer japonicum 'Acontifolium, an Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier' and a beautiful Cornus sanguinea.


Trailfinders Australian Garden


Sponsored by: Flemings Nurseries
Designed by: Ian Barker

Seasoned gold-medal winners, the Flemings' team travel all the way from Australia each year to compete at Chelsea. This year's garden was themed on the botanical discoveries of Sir Joseph Banks, founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society, during his epic voyage of the HMB Endeavour. The design melded traditional English and innovative Australian garden flair. Ian Barker's garden featured one of our spectacularly Majestic wingnut tree (Pterocarya fraxinifolia), wich was one of the largest specimens at Chelsea this year, the dainty purple-hearts of Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy', the airy dappled light of Betula pendula, and a Magnolia liliflora 'Nigra'.


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