Kingston Maurward has been chosen to show its signature garden at RHS Chelsea in May.
With its key sponsor, stonework supplier Miles Stone from Southampton, Kingston Maurward will build a garden designed by its talented garden designer, Michelle Brown, to celebrate 70 years of land-based education at the college, founded in 1949.
The exciting project was launched at an event at Kingston Maurward welcoming local dignitaries, Miles Stone staff, additional sponsors, including Gould’s Garden Centre, Adapt Landscapes, Greg Wilkes (natural stone dry walling specialist), the Real Green Gardener, Kingston Maurward staff, students, and the College’s RHS Chelsea project team.
Garden designs, planting details and scaled model garden were on display, with designer Michelle speaking at length to stakeholders about the inspiration behind the project, and how these ideas will be rendered at the show.
Using contemporary and traditional styles, the beautiful garden will incorporate representations of key elements of Kingston Maurward: stunning plantings and trees alongside a stunning curved dry stone walled structure with iron cupola – made by its land-based engineering students – and beautiful stonework flooring.
Horticulture staff, students and experts in their field will be growing plants and lending their skills to the garden during the 10-day set-up in May to complete what is hoped to be an award winning garden.
Kingston Maurward send an enormous thank you to all its sponsors and the teams of people involved for their help, generosity and for getting the project off the ground.
Project manager Joanna Jeffery, from Kingston Maurward, said: “We are delighted with the design of the garden which showcases many aspects of training in the traditional artisan skills we deliver here.
It is a great honour for the students and staff to be involved in growing plants and creating structures to be used at such an iconic and prestigious event. We are shining a light on the careers which are so important in creating beautiful private gardens and public spaces.”
RHS Chelsea is on Tuesday, May 21 to Saturday, May 25.
More details about the show and to find out about the garden go to: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/Gardens/