Marlborough staff celebrate medal win for Chelsea Flower Show garden
Financial services company Brewin Dolphin, which has an office in Marlborough, is celebrating after its garden was awarded a silver gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show today.
Their show garden was designed by Matthew Childs and is the more remarkable as it is his first ever garden at Chelsea - although he did win Best in Show at Hampton Court in 2013.
Mr Childs created what the company says is: "A breath-taking design that is calm, reflective and private with a simple geometric layout.
"The design is inspired by the company’s ethos: bespoke and innovative, but firmly rooted in past traditions."
Rupert Tyler, national director of Brewin Dolphin and a renowned gardener himself said: "We’re absolutely delighted with Matthew’s success today – the pressure on his freshman’s shoulders to deliver, must have been immense.
"We love the design and the planting – and are so pleased that all his great work has received the recognition it deserves.
"We would like to thank Matthew and his team for creating such a beautiful space, but also for making it all look as if it has been here forever.”
The garden signifies new growth – a springtime concept, with bold, engaging elements throughout.
Patinated copper archways, paths and sculpture are said to symbolise emerging opportunities and Brewin Dolphin’s forward-thinking approach.
The plant list is varied but neither excessive nor intimidating for those gardeners who might be inspired to replicate sections of Mr Child’s sublime planting.
There are irises, geraniums and aquilegias are which are placed against a limey backdrops of hostas and ferns and some special trees.
Mr Childs said: “Life is a roller coaster. You have ups and downs, but there is always a new possibility around the corner and potential to nurture for the future. This is what I wanted to put into this garden and I am so excited that it seems to have come off.
“I get to work with so many talented people all of whom share my passion for gardens.
"We are in it together; an intense, adrenaline-fuelled experience with a beautiful garden at the end of it.”
Stephen Depla, head of Brewin Dolphin in Marlborough, said: "It is a great thrill that our Chelsea garden has won a silver-gilt medal this year.
"I know how much our clients enjoy the Chelsea Flower Show whether or not they actually attend – the week is a very special one for everyone interested in gardening.”