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Hat trick of awards for Landform Consultants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Landform Consultants founder and managing director, Mark Gregory, and lead designer, Catherine MacDonald have both struck gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 with Mark further scooping the Best Construction Award.

This year is the 30th consecutive year at Chelsea for Mark who has designed the Welcome to Yorkshire garden. Affectionately known as the ‘Construction King of Chelsea’, Mark was also awarded the highly coveted Best Construction award. He has built 97 Chelsea show gardens and spent nearly four years of his life on the grounds of Royal Hospital and is delighted to have returned as a designer after winning gold for his Children’s Society garden in 2010.

He said: “What a year it’s been! A Gold medal and Best Construction Award means everything. It’s not just a win for me but also for the place I’m so privileged to call home. This moment, in my 30th year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is very much a dream come true – I couldn’t be any happier. It was also an absolute honour to meet Her Royal Highness the Queen last night and it was fantastic to hear that she was enchanted by the garden and she made some beautiful comments.”

The  evocative and aromatic garden captures the sights, smells and tastes of the world-renowned Yorkshire Dales. It has its own woodland area, drystone walls, flower-filled meadows, lush pastures, a cultivated cottage-style garden filled with flowers and vegetables around a bothy and a tumbling beck with dramatic fast flowing water.

Catherine MacDonald of Landform Consultants returned with a second Seedlip Garden, after securing her first RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal last year, is overjoyed.

She said: “I’m delighted to receive my second gold medal. We’ve had so much fun putting this garden together. It’s been the perfect opportunity to blend my scientific background with my design skills. Seedlip founder Ben Branson and his team are an incredibly passionate and inspirational group of people and it’s been absolutely fantastic to work with them again. There’s been so much creativity and energy in the project I’m really pleased it’s come across for the the judges to appreciate.”

The Seedlip Garden, in the new category, A Space to Grow, is a conceptual garden that champions the garden pea and shines a spotlight on the pea family, Fabaceae.

This is a first as no other show garden has only used species from the same family of plants before. Her garden features a path of circular elements representing the form of the pea which lead to the elevated ‘Peavilion’ – a shrine housing a collection of articles all about the humble pea.

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