EVERY year, the crème de la crème of the gardening world flock to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show to show off their incredible horticultural creations.
Only a handful of gardeners at Chelsea walk away with prizes for their green-fingered efforts, but what are the medals given out for?
Medals are awarded at the Chelsea Flower Show for the best gardens.
What are the Chelsea Flower Show medals?
The number of medals given out varies slightly from year to year, and in 2018, there were 10 gold medals handed out.
Judges give them to gardeners who have displayed skills across three categories: Show Gardens, Space to Grow Gardens, Fresh Gardens and Artisan Gardens.
Some entries are sponsored by charities or companies, but all compete to be crowned the ultimate Best Show Garden.
The Best Show Garden award went to The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC and the Best Construction Award went to The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.
Gold winners this year were:
The M&G Garden
The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC
The Wedgwood Garden
The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden
The Seedlip Garden
New West End Garden
The Pearlfisher Garden
Urban Flow Garden
The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden
O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – The Hospitality Garden
Silver-Gilt winners this year were:
The LG Eco-City Garden
The Lemon Tree Trust Garden
The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate
The VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall
The Myeloma UK Garden
The Silent Pool Gin Garden
The CHERUB HIV garden: A Life Without Walls
The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden
The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden
British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams
Silver winners this year were:
The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden, a partnership with Frosts
The Warner Edwards Garden
Creativersal: Wuhan Water Gardens, China
The David Harber and Savills Garden.
To me: My favourite won silver, it was The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden, a partnership with Frosts. It was designed by Laura Anstiss which was her first time at Chelsea. She did amazingly well. I hope she does another. It was beautifully thought through and put together combining so much with art and plants and flowers. Excellent! And for a brilliant cause. Built by Frosts Landscape Construction and Sponsored by Frosts Garden Centres.
The subject of child cancer is disturbing and one we all find difficult to talk about.
The garden does highlight and brings to our notice the tremendous work of the Superheroes Charity.
The garden has lots of colour too. Most of the prize winners I find bland with very little colour. The trend is away from colour and it is all down to personal taste. But let’s not forget it is the “Chelsea Flower Show” not a “plant” Show. Let’s not wander from the theme!