Australia’s own Charlie Albone has beaten the world’s best green thumbed hopefuls to claim a silver gilt medal at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Albone has earned his second silver gilt medal in as many years. It’s a superb achievement for the popular landscaper and television personality, who is the first Australian ever to compete in back to back shows.
“Winning consecutive silver gilt medals at the Chelsea Flower Show is a dream come true. I am incredibly proud to represent Australia in an event of this calibre,” said Charlie Albone.
“I worked with a talented team of Australian gardeners to bring my vision to life, and I can’t thank them enough for the long, difficult hours they put in during the build. Additionally, I couldn’t have completed the build without the superior outdoor tools and support from Husqvarna.”
Charlie Albone’s design was created with a busy corporate couple in mind. The garden offers a space for inner-city dwellers to relax, reflect and retreat from the pressures and speed of modern living.
The garden features bluestone cobbles and a floating cantilevered architectural structure with geometric patterns reminiscent of Melbourne’s Federation Square. Victorian Sculptor and Chelsea Flower Show veteran, Willie Wildlife, contributed a striking copper and bronze sculpture to the garden.
The serene garden also features large specimen Leucadendrons, a protective-feeling sunken lawn, and exotic pants including Acacia and emu bush along with European perennials in subtle purple, white, pink, and soft red tones.
“Charlie Albone is a thoroughly deserving winner. We are proud to have played a role in his inspirational journey,” said Stephen Clark, GM Marketing, Husqvarna Australia.
“We hope Charlie’s success will encourage other Australian gardeners to follow his footsteps.”
Charlie and his team will return to Australia on July 2.