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Public votes for The Octavia Hill Garden as Chelsea favourite

by | 24 May 24 | Garden Design, News | 1 comment

The Octavia Hill Garden Chelsea

Ann-Marie Powell’s debut show garden has won the RHS/BBC People’s Choice Award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden designer exhibited for the first time on Main Avenue with a garden dedicated to National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill and built by The Landscaping Consultants.

As well as being chosen as the public’s favourite, The Octavia Hill Garden also won the inaugural RHS Children’s Choice Award earlier in the week.

Powell has called winning the duo of awards “extraordinary”, adding that Hill would have loved the idea of the garden winning People’s Choice “as it is recognition that the public approve of the work she championed all those years ago, to celebrate the joy, benefits and importance of gardens and plants for everyone.”

She says the awards mean “so much for me and the hundreds of people who have worked on the garden,” giving special thanks to her husband.

“My husband has supported my career for decades and I am just thrilled that although he is very ill he is still around to see me win this award; I know he will be very proud and I couldn’t have done this without him.”

The Octavia Hill Garden will be rebuilt at Bridgemere Garden Centre in Cheshire, an RHS Partner Garden owned by Blue Diamond.

In the smaller garden categories, the People’s Choice Award went to The Pulp Friction – Growing Skills Garden by first-time designers Will Dutch and Tin-Tin Azure-Marxen.

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Clarke got the public’s vote in the Balcony and Container Garden category for his Children with Cancer UK ‘Raines Repurposed’.

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    Probably the most dull and boring gardens ever.

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