Two experienced garden designers are celebrating after gaining medals at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Former Judd School pupil John Warland gained a silver accolade with his entry for a children’s charity, World Vision.
Speaking to the Times, he said: “World Vision works in over 100 countries worldwide and offers immediate and experienced aid.”
“This is the second year with which I have been honoured to receive a silver-gilt medal for my work with World Vision at RHS Chelsea.
“With a reasonable clutch of gold medals to my name, these gardens for World Vision are more about the message than the medal. They hold a much more important narrative, and they are for the general public to enjoy and engage with rather than be appreciated by a select group.
“The initial inspiration for the garden may have been the seismic impact of the earthquake in Nepal just over a year ago, and the fact that World Vision has “boots on the ground” around the world to offer immediate and experienced aid in such cataclysmic times.”
He explained how his award-winning garden’s ribbons of turf were representative of the ups and downs in a child’s life and how he had been particularly moved to design in the wake of World Vision’s work during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
The Chelsea flower show also proved a success for former Hadlow College lecturer Nick Bailey, who gained a silver medal for his Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden.
Now working as a gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden, his exotic entry for this year’s show was built around a meadow with a centrepiece flowing copper band.
This has been etched with maths algorithms, designed to represent an emerging seedling.
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