CREATIVE gardeners and artists from across the area have been rewarded for their hard work at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week.
The show is world famous, and among those from the area who have been recognised this year are clothing company Lands’ End, which teamed up with Stamford-based garden designer Adam Frost, country gifts seller Sophie Allport and S Gaskin Landscaping in Obthorpe.
Also recognised at this year’s event was Oakham-based garden designer Owen Morgan, 27, of Larchfield, who has been named as one of the three finalists of the 2011 RHS National Young Designer of the Year competition.
Owen was at the Chelsea event to hear about his success and has received a grant of £12,000, provided by the Royal Horticultural Society, to bring his garden design to life at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, taking place in July.
He said: “I’ve known about it since February and have had to keep quiet.
“Everything is organised and in pace so it’s just the fine details to iron out now. I am quietly confident about my design and am really looking forward to it.”
Owen’s chosen design is a practical garden intended to be easily set up in any urban environment.
Staff at Lands’ End are celebrating after winning a gold medal at the show.
Adam Frost put together the garden, which is called “Across the Pond”, based on the company’s American routes.
Water is a key feature of the garden, with a pond and a wall of falling water. The garden also features handmade seating designed by Empingham-based boat builder David Rawlings.
A spokesman for Lands’ End said everyone at the company was “absolutely thrilled” to win gold.
After the show, which finishes tomorrow, the garden will be relocated to the company’s headquarters where it will be a focal point near the outlet store in Lands’ End Way.
Sophie Allport, who is from Oundle, but has a business Casewick, Stamford, was awarded a Certificate of Merit for her stand which sells her own illustrated gifts.
Sophie works in partnership with her brother Jem.
She said: “We are so excited to be exhibiting at the show and to receive an accolade as great as this is amazing.”
S Gaskin Landscaping was awarded a Silver Gilt Award for its garden, which was created in three weeks by Stuart Gaskin and his team who worked 14-hour days.
The garden is a modern take on a traditional kitchen garden, combining a beautiful space with a working plot producing fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers.
Stuart’s wife Stacey Gaskin, 32, said: “We are extremely pleased. They worked really hard and this is a fantastic achievement.”