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RHS Chelsea: The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden wins Gold

Olivia Heath
Photo credit: Rachel Warne

From House Beautiful

Mark Gregory has won a Gold medal for his show-stopping Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Garden designer Mark – who has now completed his 99th Chelsea Show Garden – admits that this garden is his most ambitious to date.

Alongside the time-lapse video (above), photos of the finished garden show that it was very much worth all the hard work – and just like his 2018 masterpiece, it looks spectacular. Even Joe Swift agrees: 'This garden feels as though it has been here forever, and that is the artistry of some of the gardens here at Chelsea.'

Mark, who has been documenting his Chelsea journey this year on House Beautiful, told Joe Swift on BBC One's RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 'I think this is as much as you can possibly do in 18 days, when you are making it from scratch. It’s not been brought in in modules, everything has been built here. It was a tough build, a lot of fun, but I wouldn’t want to do anything more ambitious than this. Certainly from the engineering and logistics with getting all the components, we’ve gone very, very large.'

Built by Mark's company Landform Consultants, this garden is a special one, featuring authentic Yorkshire stonework, trees local to the county, flowing water and genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne

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There's also a towpath and a lock keeper’s lodge with a colourful garden – a wild perennial meadow (lupins, delphiniums etc.) – and a vegetable patch.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is inspired by Yorkshire’s proud history of industry, manufacturing and innovation, as well as the county’s stunning natural environment and many green spaces.

This atmospheric garden aims to evoke the very essence of the county, demonstrating that a working lock can also be a place of tranquillity and charm.

Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne

'It’s Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th year this year, and working on these authentic landscapes has been an absolute honour,' Mark told us in his most recent blog post on House Beautiful. 'Yorkshire is home for me and bringing my home county to the world stage that is Chelsea is like putting my heart on display for all to see. I hope we do Yorkshire proud when it’s unveiled to the public on Tuesday!'

Browse more photos of the finished Welcome to Yorkshire Garden below:

Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne
Photo credit: Rachel Warne

*Video by Grey Moth

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