The Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation (WGCCF) has chosen Heather Appleton of Appleton & Co Design as the winner in a competition to design a ‘Centenary Garden’ which will have its debut at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2020.
Appleton & Co was chosen from a shortlist of four design teams selected from more than 80 competition entries. The shortlisted design teams included Mazullo + Russell Landscape Design, Richard Riddell Garden & Landscape Design and Williams & Towner Studio.
Heather Appleton, who has won multiple gold medals at RHS shows and whose gardens have twice been named ‘best in show’ said: “Opportunities to design and deliver a Main Avenue show garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are very rare and the WGCCF should be applauded from the rooftops for their time and energy in organising the centenary competition, it was a breath of fresh air.”
The competition, which launched in January 2017, was organised in conjunction with the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and was open to both members and non-members of the society.
Sarah Morgan, chair of the SGD said: “This was a fantastic initiative between the SGD and WGCCF providing an opportunity to celebrate the inextricably linked disciplines of landscape design and forward thinking town development. I look forward to seeing the garden built at RHS Chelsea in 2020.”
The eight-strong judging panel included Hilary Thomas; former head of School of Garden Design at Capel Manor College, Andrew Wilson FSGD of the London College of Garden Design and garden designer, horticulturist and past SGD Chair Philippa O’Brien MSGD. The panel, which also included two local residents to represent the community.
David Green, chair of the judging panel, said: “All the entries in the final judging phase were of a very high standard. Ultimately, we settled on a scheme which will catch the eye at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2020 and then successfully make the transfer to its new home in WGC. Warmest congratulations to Appleton & Co Design for an imaginative plan which will take root in its final location.”