Chelsea 2016 medal winners

New Zealanders will be pleased to see that the Cloudy Bay garden, designed by Cornishman Sam Ovens, won a silver gilt award in the show garden category. (For non-Kiwis, Cloudy Bay is a major wine maker in the Marlborough region at the top of the South Island.)

See photographs of all the gold medal gardens (and the Cloudy Bay garden) here.

Chelsea isn’t Chelsea without some argy-bargy and it seems Mr Ovens has objected to a particular element of his neighbouring design. Read all about that here.

The other controversy (so far) has been remarks by Juliet Sergeant, designer of the Modern Slavery garden (gold in the Fresh category), that horticulture tends to be dominated by middle-class white people with double-barrelled names! Ms Sergeant, who was born in Tanzania, is the first black person to design a garden at the 103-year-old Chelsea show. Read more about her comments here.

Overall Chelsea winner Andy Sturgeon may be remembered by Kiwis as heading the 2014 judging team at what turned out to be the final Ellerslie International Flower Show held in Christchurch.

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