Silver for RSPB and WT gardens at Chelsea
Appeared on Space For Nature on June 1st 2005
Both the RSPB and Wildlife Trust show gardens at Chelsea were awarded silver medals.
The RSPB and the SITA Environmental Trust 'Real Rubbish Garden' concentrated heavily on 'green' as well as 'wildlife' gardening - making imaginative use of a wide range of re-used and recycled materials. The Wildlife Trusts' Lush Garden (sponsored by Lush Cosmetics) had a more traditional feel, but was equally 'green' and, of course, wildlife friendly. This is the first year the Wildlife Trusts have exhibited in the 'show garden' category - having won silver medals in the 'courtyard garden' category in the previous two years.
Having seen both these magnificent gardens at the show myself, I can only marvel at the standards set by the RHS; I wonder just what it takes to get a silver gilt or gold medal. (Or is it possible that when it comes to environmentally sympathetic gardening, the RHS don't really 'get it' yet?)
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