The courtyard garden section was divided into
two parts this year. Those from garden
clubs, societies and local authorities were
staged outside as usual. Those from colleges
were created within the Great Marquee
Here Brinsbury (top) and Newton Rigg (right) received gold awards; Aylesbury, Berkshire and Writtle were awarded silver gilt flora awards and Norwood Hall School, Ealing College a silver flora.
Brinsbury College is a regular exhibitor at Chelsea and took An explorers garden as its theme this year. Newton Rigg was represented at Chelsea for the first time, said student Jill Alcock. She and fellow 2nd year HND student Vera Turnbull had visited the 1997 Chelsea Show and "went home totally motivated," Jill said. The result was Lakeland reflected: Stone and slate, mosses and plants of the area, a dark, dark pool reflecting a 5ft high urn, a delightful study in dry stone walling.
A cosmic garden (left) was the theme developed by Norwood students, based on patterns and structures observed in the universe. Writtles garden (above) was entitled Scotch on the Rocks. A bottle of scotch was piped in on press day to launch a garden which picked up the colours of the tartans sported by designer Janet Johnston and her piper husband Keir.
Part of A quarry mans garden, created for Nationalk Butterfly Gardening year. Habitat management is gardening on a
large scale its creators.
A world of their own… a
playhouse from The Childrens Cottage Co. Below: Part of Whichford Potterys stand promoting its classic English terracotta flowerpots.
This sculpture peered from a wall of British Sky Broadcastings The Private Chapel Garden (silver gilt flora medal). Part man, part beast with arms comfortably folded it appeared to be intent on serious talk.