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Yorkshire Winners at Chelsea.


By andrea


A bit after the event, but for all the Yorkshire folk out there I would like to revel with you in our success at Chelsea this year. I was fortunate to visit the show for the first time ever and was thrilled that this was also the year that Leeds City Council won their first Gold medal with their `Hesco Garden 2010`.
The garden created by the council`s Parks and Countryside service with support from sponsors Hesco Bastion Ltd.attracted huge interest as the show was visited by over 150,000 people from all over the world.Based on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, the garden had a stunning centrepiece – a pair of twelve feet high lock gates and a canal section. The garden made history three times over: Leeds City Council`s first ever gold award at Chelsea, the first time any local authority has won a gold medal for an outdoor garden in the history of the event, and the first time a water feature of its type has ever been seen at Chelsea.

Apparently, offers were made to buy the garden, including one person who wanted to take it back to Dallas in America! But have no fear it is heading back to Leeds with the intention of putting it permanently on display in one of Leeds public parks within one year.Even better news, as a Yorkshire lass I was treated to a special tour of the garden, I felt like a celebrity!
Another winner for our region,was the Yorkshire `Rhubarb crumble and custard garden,as well as winning a silver medal it was also awarded the peoples vote for the best in show in the courtyard gardens section.

Here are some of my pictures of other favourites shots from Chelsea:, and don`t ask me why, but the Leeds Garden has appeared at the end of the photos instead of where I wanted it to go and I cant seem to move it!!

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Lovely blog... Thank you.

Wonderful gardens and super photos. :o)

7 Jun, 2010


Thank you for taking the time to share your memories with us. This is a very different take on the show. The canal is wonderful. Congratulations to Leeds City Council gardeners for having the imagination and the guts to go for it. Being a heuchera (holic)? my favourite has to be the teapots photo. Welcome back Medwyn Williams we missed you. Must admit the rhubarb and custard leaves me feeling a bit green about the gills. The rural idyll looks totally impractical but the Japanese tea house is very pretty and welcoming with its lovely tiled patio and inviting calmness.

7 Jun, 2010


Congratulations and well done

7 Jun, 2010


Thanks for doing the blog I really really really enjoyed it :~))))
Love the pics and I too adored the rhubarb crumble and custard garden and seeing the Leeds CC garden and the lock gates. All these things conjure up Yorkshire for me.
No matter where we are in the world I think most Yorkshire folk have that sense of Yorkshire pride and pride in Yorkshire :~)))

7 Jun, 2010


lovely photos, can't choose which is the nicest. All very good well done Andrea

7 Jun, 2010


Lovely pics Andrea,and I am a bit biased..and proud too,of the success of Leeds
doing so well.The canal is so true to life,as we live very near to the Huddersfield narrow canal,and apart from the planting on the banks,is almost identical...
They did a great job.I would have loved it to have been there when we went in 2008 ......Thanks for sharing..:o)

7 Jun, 2010


Nice blog and photos.

7 Jun, 2010


Glad everyone is enjoying the pictures...that`s the beauty of GOY we can all share our experiences and `visit` places some of us just can`t get too!

7 Jun, 2010


Great photo`s Andrea and for me the Leeds Hesco Garden was the best in show.

7 Jun, 2010

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