A Maltese-themed entry has won the top prize at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. The world-famous event is a held for five days in May in Chelsea – London’s fanciest borough – and attracts people from all over. Basically, think Made in Chelsea, but with flowers.
The event’s been going on since 1912, and is definitely the most famous flower/landscape/garden show in the UK, maybe the world. It also gives out prizes to contestants who enter their flowery creations into the show. And this year the top prize went to an entry that modelled itself on the Maltese limestone quarry.
The winning exhibit, which is called the M&G Garden, was designed by award-winning gardener James Basson. Apart from the series of limestone stacks so integral to the Maltese environment, Basson also included indigenous Maltese plants which have never been shown in the UK before.
“I am fanatical about quarries,” Basson said when commenting on his winning entry, “the cleanliness and purity of them can be like a contemporary building. I love the graphic patterns of the blocks, the scouring marks, and the way nature regenerates after man has left”.
Basson’s entry was inspired by a visit his made to one of Malta’s quarries while he was on the island to carry out a design job.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s remarked that the M&G Garden reminded viewers of the need to preserve the fragile environment of the planet. “Sustainable water disposal, recycling and composting: all are vital if Malta is to save its distinct and delicate landscapes,” the Royal Horticultural Society said.
Amen to that. We’re super glad this award-winning garden has been created to remind us all of how precious our island’s natural heritage really is.