Chris Beardshaw's Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC has been crowned the Best Show Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Designed to raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC, the gold medal winning show garden is a metaphor of the emotional transition that takes place in a child as they experience the positive impact of the NSPCC’s work.
At the start of the garden the direction of the path in the woodland is unclear, but as it turns a corner it leads to a more open and tranquil space, filled with soft, textured perennials.
The path steps up onto a bespoke cedar wood pavilion, and at the rear is a beautifully calm, reflective canal.
Looking out from the pavilion the space provides a safe and secure sensory environment. The garden includes a range of acid-loving woodland plants that display subtle textures, and there are splashes of blues, pinks and purples.
'It’s a genuine privilege to be holding the Best in Show Award at RHS Chelsea 2018,' said Chris. '20 years ago when I started designing Show Gardens I looked up to and was really inspired by the designers winning these sorts of awards, I hope what we do inspires people in the same way.'
RHS judge James Alexander-Sinclair said: 'It has a very clear and concise message. The plants are of outstanding quality and beautifully put together. The building provides a calm and contemplative space for reflection which contrasts exquisitely with the exuberance of the surrounding planting – it works on every level.'
Last year, Chris was awarded a Silver-Gilt for his Morgan Stanley show garden, something which proved to be a controversial decision amongst the general public. But he was triumphant later on after winning the BBC / RHS People's Choice Award.
Other gold medal winners from the Show Garden category are: