The People's Choice Award winners for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 have been announced.
The Yeo Valley Organic Garden has won the BBC/RHS People's Choice Award for Best Show Garden. SEE GARDEN DESIGN
It's the first organic garden to be displayed at Chelsea and has already received a gold award in the Show Garden category. Designed by Tom Massey and supported by Sarah Mead from Yeo Valley Organic, the garden is inspired by the wildlife, habitats and plants found on the family's farm in Somerset.
Alan Williams' Parsley Box Garden has in the Artisan and Sanctuary Gardens category.
The contemporary Parsley Box Garden, which offers inspiration on how to cook and socialise within small spaces, challenges the stereotype of ageing. Centralised around a custom-made outdoor kitchen, the garden has a wooden cantilevered pergola stretched over a Dutch oval dining table and tiered planters constructed in age brass. It was awarded a silver medal in the awards category, but has now scooped the People's Choice Awards too.
"Wow. It is a huge honour to have received this award and for my first Chelsea garden too! I have loved every second of designing the garden and bringing it to life," Alan said. "It was a huge team effort, so a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved, and to those who voted."
Voting for the 2021 People's Choice Awards closed this morning and the winners have been awarded throughout the event today.
The gardens were awarded their RHS judged medals, ranging from Gold to Bronze, on Tuesday morning, but the People's Choice Awards are, as the name suggests, voted for by the public.
While we wait for the rest to be announced, take a look at the 2019 winners...
A look back at the People's Choice Award winners from 2019...
People's Choice Show Garden 2019:
Welcome to Yorkshire
This is the second year in a row that garden designer Mark Gregory has won the People’s Choice Award in the Show Gardens category. His 2019 design also won a Gold Medal earlier in the week.
The 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire garden celebrates Yorkshire's canals and the rural drama of the county's industrial heritage. It aims to strike the perfect balance between the industrial and the beautiful.
"It’s the most ambitious build I’ve ever done – it’s the maximum I think you can build in 18 days without pre-making anything off site," Mark told Country Living.
The highlight of the garden is a fully-functional canal with genuine lock gates from Yorkshire.
The Welcome to Yorkshire team have had an eventful week at Chelsea, with one Gold Medal, one People’s Choice Award and one wedding proposal! Yes, a Chelsea visitor asked his partner to marry him on the beautiful lock gates.
Next year will be Mark Gregory’s 100th Chelsea garden and we asked him what he had planned. Mark told Country Living that it could be something that "has never been seen at Chelsea before." Read more about it here.
People's Choice Space to Grow Garden 2019:
The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls in Africa A Space to Grow
The CAMFED garden, which packs a punch in colour and vibrancy, was also awarded a Gold Medal earlier in the week. The CAMFED organisation (Campaign for Female Education) is supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The RHS website reads: "This is a garden that captures the spirit of Africa with its vibrant colours and exotic flavours. A representation of female-led, climate-smart agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, it features edible crops, so vital in helping children to thrive."
Designed by: Jilayne Rickards | Built by: Cormac Conway | Sponsored by: The Campaign for Female Education, thanks to the support of a private donor
People's Choice Artisan Garden 2019:
The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter garden
The Donkeys Matter garden was awarded a Silver Medal earlier this week.
The aim of the Donkeys Matter garden is to “underline the role that donkeys play in the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world,” one of the garden designers Annie Prebensen told Country Living in an interview before the show.
“For some of the poorest people in the world, owning a donkey can mean that they have access to clean, fresh water. They also use them for transport on difficult terrain and are often referred to as the 'white van' of donkey-dependant communities. The garden will highlight the importance of the donkey and their value to those communities,” Annie continued.
A look back at the People's Choice Award winners from 2018...
The People’s Choice Best Show Garden 2018: Welcome to Yorkshire
Designed by Mark Gregory
Built by Landform
Sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire
The People’s Choice Best Artisan Garden 2018: The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden
Designed by Janine Crimmins
Built by Andrew Loudon
Sponsored by The Claims Guys
The People’s Choice Best Space to Grow Garden 2018: The Silent Pool Gin Garden
Designed by David Neale
Built by Neale Richards Garden Design
Sponsored by Silent Pool Distillers
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