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Yorkshire Dales inspired garden set for 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 17 January 2018

An artist impression of the Dales garden planned for Chelsea Flower Show

An artist impression of the Dales garden planned for Chelsea Flower Show


Celebrated designer Mark Gregory plans a gold-winning garden.

Mark Gregory award-winning garden designer Photo Jonathan WardMark Gregory award-winning garden designer Photo Jonathan Ward

The Yorkshire Dales are the inspiration for Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2018 RHS Chelsea show-garden. The sights, smells and tastes of one of the country’s earliest designated national parks will be on display in London in May. The much loved landscape with its buttercup meadows and iconic drystone walls plan to be authentically recreated in London to showcase Yorkshire’s beauty to the world.

The artist’s impression reveals woodland, lush pastures, varied plants and flowers, a cultivated cottage garden, and a tumbling beck with dramatic fast flowing water.

Pride of place in the garden will be a stone bothy which has been converted into a craftsman’s creamery where genuine artisan cheese production will take place. The garden walls will be crafted from genuine Yorkshire stone on loan from the Bolton Estate which will be returned there after the show.

The ‘evocative and aromatic’ garden is the vision of garden designer and Yorkshireman Mark Gregory, who marks his 30th consecutive year at the prestigious show next year.

He said: ‘Marking 30 years at the greatest flower show on earth is a significant moment for me and what better way to celebrate than with a return to designing a garden for the place that shaped me as a person.

‘Most people who know me know how proud I am of my roots, so creating the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is an incredible honour. I want to re-create the magnificence of Yorkshire’s landscape. It deserves to be seen and appreciated by the wider world.’

Mark was born and bred in West Cowick, East Yorkshire and has been at the forefront of the horticultural and landscaping industry for the past 35 years after training at RHS Wisley and studying at Askham Bryan College.

This year will be Mark’s 30th consecutive year at RHS Chelsea. In that time he has managed and delivered 157 show gardens and exhibits, with over 90 of these being at Chelsea Flower Show. He has personally designed four gardens, the last three of which all won gold in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: ‘We’re delighted to be back at the prestigious Chelsea flower show for the ninth year running, bringing a garden inspired by the stunning Yorkshire Dales to the heart of London for the whole world to see. ‘As well as showcasing the scenic beauty of Yorkshire’s many iconic gardens and breathtaking open spaces, this year’s garden will celebrate Yorkshire’s plentiful natural materials, traditional crafts and skilled artisan food production.

We hope it will inspire those who see it, to come and experience first-hand everything our amazing county has to offer.’ 

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