A bloom­ing good RHS show as thou­sands pay a visit

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple vis­ited the first ma­jor gar­den cel­e­bra­tion of the year at the week­end.

And as well as the chance to lis­ten to talks from the ex­perts and to buy plants and flow­ers from the mar­ket, vis­i­tors to the RHS Flower Show Cardiff were able to take in­spi­ra­tion from the show gar­dens and flo­ral dis­plays.

First-time de­signer Mil­lie Souter from Mil­lie Souter Land­scape De­sign was awarded gold and the ti­tle of Best Show and Re­gen­er­a­tion Gar­den and Best Con­struc­tion for her Ur­ban Re­gen­er­a­tion Gar­den.

Lon­don-based Mil­lie scooped the award with her gar­den in the all-new cat­e­gory, which cham­pi­ons the use of un­ex­pected, low-cost ma­te­ri­als. Mil­lie cre­ated a pub­lic gar­den with af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble ma­te­ri­als at its heart.

James Alexan­der-Sin­clair, on the RHS judg­ing panel, said: “It’s a well-bal­anced and very at­mo­spheric de­sign that demon­strates great am­bi­tion.”

In the Flo­ral Mar­quee, sec­ond-time ex­hibitor Mill­wood Plants from De­von was awarded Best Ex­hibit, with Andy’s Air Plants, Ot­ter­shaw Cacti and Roua­leyn Fuch­sias among those awarded a gold medal.

Mean­while, Cam­bridgeshire-based D’Arcy & Ever­est was pre­sented with the New De­sign Award for its in­no­va­tive and cre­ative dis­play of alpine suc­cu­lents and small peren­ni­als in the Flo­ral Mar­quee 2.

And it wasn’t just the ex­perts who wowed vis­i­tors with their dis­plays. Many lo­cal schools joined in the fun with the an­nual wheel­bar­row dis­play com­pe­ti­tion, and this year they in­cluded a pi­rate ship from Adams­down Pri­mary School in Cardiff.

Char­ity Grow Cardiff also show­cased the work of com­mu­nity groups across the city as part of the Grow Well project, which pro­vides gar­den ther­apy for pa­tients re­ferred by their GPs.

Mem­bers of Grow Well had been work­ing on the in­ter­ac­tive gar­den, which had the theme Un­der The Sea, since last Septem­ber. It fea­tured Billy the Seal made from plants and ref­er­enced the flood in Grange­town in 1979. They teamed up with Break­ing the Mould in Ely, which pro­vided the art­work.

Isla Hor­ton, out­reach and de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor for Grow Cardiff, said: “It gave them some­thing to fo­cus on through­out the win­ter and has given every­one a huge boost of con­fi­dence to see their work show­cased at RHS Flower Show Cardiff.”

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