In this, Chelsea’s 100th show, I am exhibiting my first show garden at one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the world.
Sponsored by the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the garden won a coveted place in the Artisan Garden part of the show and depicts a traditional 1950s dwelling of a Harris Tweed weaver nestled on the slopes of the beautiful, remote Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
Featuring the iconic drystone blackhouse and specialist dye plants, I wanted to capture the spirit of the lands which are carpeted with wildflowers during the summer months.
An all too short visit helped me soak up the atmosphere, which stood me in good stead when it came to translating the essence of the island to the design.
Trouble with trees from Stornaway and keeping everything crossed that we had enough stone kept anxiety levels high. Even coaxing reluctant blooms kept us up at night!
A drizzly, cold, 10 day build flew by, and by judging day it was looking amazing, the weather adding an atmospheric helping hand.
The incredible result, testament to all the hard work from contributors all over the UK who helped deliver this little piece of the Hebrides right in the middle of London, leaves me bursting with pride.