A host of awards at Chelsea Flower Show went to gardeners from across the area.
Award-winning garden designer Adam Frost, from Tinwell secured a gold for the Homebase Garden – ‘Time to Reflect’, in association with Alzheimer’s Society.
The garden was particularly special, as it was built with the assistance of the students from the first-ever Homebase Garden Academy, who are working towards the RHS Level 1 Award.
Adam said: “This is my sixth gold medal at Chelsea and I’m incredibly proud of this achievement.”
Barnsdale Gardens was awarded a silver-gilt medal for its floral display, which features a mass of tumbling, pastel-coloured blooms, in the style of Barnsdale’s much-loved cottage gardens.
Barnsdale’s owner Nick Hamilton and head gardener Jon Brocklebank were delighted.
Nick said: “We really didn’t know what to expect this year but the RHS judging panel thought that we’d created a lovely environment and the wildlife seems to agree – our display was alive with bees and butterflies when the judges were making their rounds!”
A show garden designed by Owen Morgan as part of a collaboration with charity Groundwork UK, based in Langham, won a bronze flora in the discovery awards category.
Inspired by a real project by the charity, the exhibit called X Marks the Spot is designed to provide a haven for nature and people, and has been built using recycled materials.
Owen said: “I am so pleased to have been able to work with the Groundwork Green Team.
“Not only were they the youngest workers at Chelsea this year, being aged only 16 but they took responsibility for different elements of the garden and built it themselves.”
For Southfield Nurseries-Cactusland, based in Morton, it was the 26th Chelsea gold, one for each year Bryan and Linda Goodey have displayed cacti there.
Langtoft-based homewares business Sophie Allport also received a four star award for her trade stand at the show.