Chelsea flower show success

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BLOOMING marvellous floral displays created by entrants from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire were among the winners of awards at the Chelsea Flower Show.

One of the South Yorkshire entrants, Gardeners’ Boutique, not only scooped a gold medal but was also Best in Show in the small gardens category.

Peter Dunstan, owner of the nursery and design business based at High Street, Braithwell, said: “My son, Jamie, designed the garden and went to the show.

“The garden has an environmentally-friendly theme, including old industrial fans to act as wind turbines and a device to save rainwater from the shed roof, and the shed overcomes security problems by having an antique French prison door fitted.”

Jamie, aged 39, who has been designing gardens for the last 15 years, said: “The garden promotes renewable energy because our sponsor, Stockton Drilling, is in that industry. It didn’t take long to create the design, which features cottage garden flowers, but it took a couple of months to source materials.

“I was overwhelmed to hear we had won.”

Seven local projects were among the winners.

Also awarded gold were Derbyshire Bonsai, sponsored by Chesterfield Garden Centre, and Hippopottering Nursery, of East Lound, Doncaster. Hoyland Plant Centre took silver, and Doncaster Deaf Trust won a silver gilt.

Bronze awards went to The University of Sheffield and Taylors Clematis, Doncaster.