Phillip Johnson and Wes Fleming do it! The Aussie team at Chelsea has won GOLD and BEST IN SHOW. Despite the local London press fawning over Prince Harry’s garden, or the even more boring UK Telegraph and Laurent Perrier gardens, Phillip’s spectacular Australian garden stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Literally – with its exciting recycled cor-ten steel viewing pod and waterfall but also metaphorically. Chelsea’s big display gardens get more ‘Chelsea’ each year – read unadventurous, same-same planting schemes – sometimes it’s hard to notice where one garden starts and the others stop. Blond wood, conversation pits (didn’t Jim Fogarty do that years ago?)…..but I digress……because Phillip and Wes are most deservedly the stars of the show. Phillip for his vision about what a garden can be – sustainable, beautiful and inspiring, and Wes Fleming for his persistence in bringing an Australian designed garden to Chelsea.
The Aussie team were out in force at yesterday’s press day and the whole team have earned this award. They’re all volunteers who leave their businesses and families behind for weeks to do this and the standard of the garden build shows that devotion.
Full marks also to Trailfinders in the UK and the many Australian businesses who have donated to this team effort.