A GARDEN designer has taken his fourth gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Adam Frost’s entry, A Rural Muse, was inspired by the walks of local peasant poet John Clare to create a space for entertaining and relaxation with biodiversity and wildlife in mind.
The judges were impressed by many of its elements having multiple functions, including stone boulders which double up as stepping stones and seating and a green oak-framed shelter which offers a focal point and attracts bees with its clover roof.
Adam, of Mason Drive, Stamford, said: “I’m overwhelmed. Chelsea is the biggest event of the gardening calendar and to win gold for a show garden is about as good as it gets.
“It has been a really tough year, first with the drought and then the cold spring. Work on the garden went right down to the wire but it has all been worth it now.”
All the plants for Adam’s garden were raised at Barnsdale Gardens. He also sourced other products as locally as possible to maintain the feel of the local countryside which John Clare, of Helpston, enjoyed.
Spokesman for the John Clare Trust, Sara Blair-Manning, hopes the garden will promote interest in the John Clare Cottage heritage centre.
She said: “We are delighted that Clare’s landscapes and life experiences have been translated into a beautifully planted and designed garden.
“We hope people will be inspired to find out more about Clare, his life and his surroundings and will visit the Peterborough area with all the wonderful heritage and countryside that it has to offer.”
The garden was sponsored by mail order clothing company Lands’ End, based in Oakham.
Brand manager Margaret Blackburn said: “Adam absolutely deserves this gold medal, the garden is beautiful and we are looking forward to sharing it with all our loyal customers who visit the Chelsea Flower Show.”
Barnsdale Gardens received a Silver Flora award while designer Sophie Allport, who runs a business from King Street Industrial Estate, Langtoft, was awarded a certificate of commendation for her trade stand.
She said: “We are so excited to be exhibiting at the show again and to receive an accolade like this is amazing.”