‘The Great Escape’ industry exhibit, spearheaded by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), has achieved a Bronze Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden highlights some of the ways in which people of all ages enjoy their outdoor space – for relaxing, growing, playing, engaging with nature with supporting information about the benefits that this brings.

Exhibitors within the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion are judged on educating show visitors about a horticultural subject/research.

Designed by horticulturalist and broadcaster Chris Collins and built by JWL Landscapes, the exhibit highlights the benefits of being outside and different ways to enjoy your garden. The garden is into four zones – The Orb Den, the Urban Garden, the Outdoor Gym and the Summerhouse. It shows the real benefits that this brings from an educational, health and wellbeing perspective.

The exhibit features five plants that were entered into RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Awards. This includes the following three shortlisted entries:

  • Calendula PowerDaisy Tango (PowerDaisy Series), from Kerley & Co
  • Gerbera Garvinea Sweet Sunset (Garvinea Sweet Series), from Florist BV
  • Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri ‘Blondie’, from Wyevale Nurseries.

The exhibit shows how outdoor spaces can be enjoyable, relaxing and fun for all ages. With National Children’s Gardening Week taking place between 26 May – 3 June it highlights how to engage young people in outdoor projects. This includes the Beebot – the winning entry of the design a robot composter competition from Kershaws Garden Centre. Further project ideas can be found on the National Children’s Gardening Week website at www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk

The HTA would like to thank supporters from across the industry for providing products and materials. They are: Aylett Nurseries, Bransford Webbs Plant Company, Bulldog Rollins, Burgon & Ball, CED, Country Herbs & Plants, Crocus, Ecodeck, Farplants, Florist BV, Florpro, Fluroselect, Forest, Frank P Matthews Ltd, Garden Beauty at Lowaters, Garden Organic, Hozelock, Kent & Stowe, Kerley & Co, Kershaws Garden Centre, Melcourt Industries, Playbark, Penny Banks, The Garden Superstore, The Great Outdoor Gym Company, The Outdoor Living Company, Stewart Garden/Keter, Seiont Nurseries, Syngenta Flowers, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, Woodlodge and Wyevale Nurseries.

For further information including the plant list visit: https://hta.org.uk/event_listing/rhs-chelsea-flower-show.html

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