Chilstone Garden “adopted” by Chelsea Pensioner

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Press release 27/05/2011

The Chilstone Garden, designed by Heather Appleton and built by Kent landscaper Twig, won major accolades at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The stunning urban garden with its bright turquoise outdoor carpet, stone temple, everlasting ice sculpture and hanging chair was awarded a silver medal, delighting all those involved in the project.

Twig managing director David Eyre said: “This was our first foray into the Chelsea Flower Show and so we are thrilled to have won a significant medal. I am delighted with how everything went. We’re definitely going for gold next time!”

Perhaps the most rewarding recognition, though, came from John Carbis, a Chelsea Pensioner, who “adopted” the garden as he has occasionally done over the years. He said: “For the past 14 years I have been coming into the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, taking full advantage of the Sunday afternoon preview. I adopted the Chilstone Garden this year – continuing a personal ‘adoption’ tradition I informally established more than a decade ago.”

In-Pensioner John Carbis, a retired Sapper, particularly appreciated the work that went into the structure of the Chilstone Garden. He said: “I think it is not only fantastic but restful. For me, this one was definitely the best in show.”

The Chilstone Garden designer Heather Appleton said: “We are chuffed to bits that In-Pensioner John Carbis selected our Chilstone garden for the honour this year. It means a huge amount to us.”

The Chilstone Garden includes:

  • A luxuriously soft deep-pile turquoise outdoor carpet instead of
  • A neo-classical stone temple, inside which hangs a retro Eero Aarnio hanging see-through bubble chair
  • An everlasting ice sculpture
  • Snowball shaped seats
  • An intricate pattern of wild grasses, purple and winter-white plants

Heather Appleton’s urban garden has been on show at Chelsea between May 24-28 2011 on the Pavilion Way RHW30