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Industry names bag Gold at Chelsea

Published: 20 May 2015
The wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of leading names in the DIY and garden industry at Chelsea this week, as the likes of Homebase, Bord na Mona and Hillier took home Gold for their show gardens and exhibits at the famous flower show.
Industry names bag Gold at Chelsea
Long-established garden centre business and Chelsea veteran, Hillier secured its 70th consecutive Gold medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show for its Crossing Continents exhibit in the Great Pavilion.

The garden, which celebrated plants from across the world and how they have become classics in British gardens, took pride of place at the heart of the pavilion. It was also a landmark win for Hillier managing director Andy McIndoe, who celebrated his 25th consecutive Gold medal and Ricky Dorlay, who has been growing plants and trees for Hillier's Gold medal-winning gardens for 50 years. Mr Dorlay, who has been with Hillier since 1964, said of the record win: "I am absolutely thrilled - and a bit emotional! You never take anything for granted, so it is absolutely wonderful news."

Bord na Mona bagged two Gold medals at Chelsea this year, with the Rich brothers' show garden, which was jointly sponsored with Cloudy Bay, and Pennard Plants' Roots and Shoots garden in the Great Pavilion. Both exhibits planted using Bord na Mona's peat-free growing media.

Meanwhile, Homebase notched up another Gold medal with its Urban Retreat Garden show garden designed by Adam Frost. It is Mr Frost's seventh Gold medal at Chelsea and his third designing for Homebase, which also won Gold for its Teenage Cancer Trust garden designed by Joe Swift in 2012, and a Silver-Gilt for Cornish Memories Garden in 2011.

Read DIY Week's full report on the Chelsea Flower Show in the June 12 issue.


20 May 2015 01:03:00
By Peter Darban
Hi D.I.Y.Week team,
Thanks for the response and your congratulations, I am delighted to hear that you will be featuring all the new products. Whilst we were of course disappointed not to be chosen for product of the year, we were equally delighted to be shortlisted with such an innovative and different approach to hedge trimming. I look forward to your article on June 12th.
20 May 2015 01:02:00
By DIY Week team
We can assure you, Peter, that Darlac and a mention of all of the shortlisted products will feature in the full show report, which you'll see is out on June 12. The initial news story is just a taster and a very small look at the huge amount that there was to see at Chelsea last week.
We have initially focused on the retailer activity and wins at the show, as DIY Week's content is primarily about and for retailers in the DIY and garden sector.
Congratulations on being shortlisted for Chelsea Garden Product of the Year. We will be in touch for comment about how the show was for you.
20 May 2015 01:01:00
By Peter Darban
Gardens Gardens Gardens!!!
Why do your journalists only and always exclusively write about gardens? I would have thought particularly D.I.Y. week would have wanted to feature Chelsea Product of the Year entries to try and inform their readers of great products which they should be stocking.
Although dubious reasoning, the BBC always say that they don't advertise, surely DIY week doesn't have that problem?

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