More disgruntlement at Chelsea as head show garden assessor threatens to resign in frustration over the “unacceptable” behaviour of fellow judges.
Garden designer Andrew Wilson, an RHS judge for 17 years, has spoken out after his own garden was given a silver gilt rather than gold. He said the judging system was not fair to designers and was not working. It seems his Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden garden was not given the appreciation he thought it deserved, adding that the judge’s feedback was not clear enough. Reasons given for his garden missing out on gold were a chair being poorly placed and a wrong sized roof, reasons he thought were not justifiable.
Although Wilson has been involved in reforming the judging rules he said the reforms aren’t progressing fast enough and the judges’ feedback needs to be much better. He said while he tried to be consistent in his own judging he realised the process was not working across all of the Chelsea show.
The RHS Head of Shows has responded to the comments saying they will be taken seriously and investigated.
Stay tuned for any changes to the judging rules, although given it has been a contentious issue for years it’s unlikely to be change in the near future.