Winners of the BBC / RHS People’s Choice Award at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has been announced – with The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden by Mark Gregory winning Best Show Garden, The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter by Christina Williams and Annie Prebensen winning Best Artisan Garden, and the CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow by Jilayne Rickards winning Best Space to Grow Garden.

People’s Choice Award: Best Show Garden

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, designed by Mark and built by his company Landform Consultants, is the People’s Choice Award winner for Best Show Garden. The garden also claimed a Gold medal earlier in the week.

The garden is inspired by Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage and celebrates the county’s canals and waterways, natural environment, green spaces and gardens. Not only did it wow the crowds this week in SW3 but a couple even got engaged on the Show Garden.

‘Wow, I’m blown away, it’s such an honour to have received this award again, and for my 99th Chelsea garden too,’ said Mark, who won the same award in 2018. ‘It’s a privilege to have been able to share the place I call home with the world and it seems that people love Yorkshire as much as I do, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted.’

Mark was presented with the award by hosts, journalist Sophie Raworth and garden designer and star of Gardeners’ World, Joe Swift.

Welcome to Yorkshire

The aim of the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is to showcase the county to the world and encourage people to visit Yorkshire and explore it for themselves.

‘We’re thrilled to have won the People’s Choice Award and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us. The reaction we’ve had from the public to this year’s garden has been phenomenal, with some people even moved to tears by Marks’ fantastically authentic creation,’ said Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd. ‘The reason we come to Chelsea is to showcase Yorkshire to the world and encourage people to visit and I know Mark’s garden has done just that with thousands inspired to explore our canals and waterways or to visit one of our many stunning gardens.

‘By the end of the event we’ll have given out 40,000 copies of our brand-new garden guide that’s packed full of information on the best green spaces to visit in the county. The latest figures show gardens keep on growing in popularity as attractions with more and more people visiting them, and we really do have the cream of the crop here in Yorkshire.’

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People’s Choice Award: Best Artisan Garden

The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter designed by Christina Williams and Annie Prebensen won the People’s Choice Award for Best Artisan Garden.

Marking The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary, the garden (pictured above) is designed to showcase the charity’s international work and demonstrates how owning a donkey means access to clean, fresh water for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.

The garden was clearly a favourite among visitors at the show. While a shelter provides a shady spot near a well, above which hangs a bucket, on higher ground, a bank of lavender is reached by a path that leads to a rocky area.

Donkeys are the ultimate in sustainable transport – they provide access to clean, fresh water, transport food and medicine and enable children to receive an education. The path in the garden represents the vital journeys that donkeys carry out on behalf of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities where no ‘white van’ or family car can travel.

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People’s Choice Award: Best Space to Grow garden

The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow, designed by Jilayne Rickards, won the People’s Choice Award for Best Space to Grow Garden.

Bringing the surroundings of rural Zimbabwe to SW3 and capturing the spirit of Africa with its vibrant colours and exotic flavours, the garden is a representation of female-led, climate-smart agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. It draws attention to the urgent need to empower and educate young women in some of the world’s poorest communities most affected by climate change.

CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education – a charity backed by Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – has for the past 25 years worked to educate girls and empower young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

‘This innovative garden design illustrates how we support girls in the classroom and beyond, to reach their full potential,’ CAMFED CEO, Lucy Lake previously said. ‘We are working to equip more CAMFED alumnae to become sustainable agriculture experts, using their horticultural and entrepreneurial skills to provide nutrient-rich food, education and employment for people in their communities, and to build resilience to climate change.’

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The winning gardens of Chelsea Flower Show 2019 have been announced. These include the Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze Medal awards. Medals are awarded in each garden category, which include Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and Space to Grow Gardens.

This year’s Gold Medal-winners include Mark Gregory’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden, who’s design this year was inspired by the canals and waterways of Yorkshire and featured a fully-functioning lock. The M&G Garden also won Gold, by eight-time Gold Medal-winning designer Andy Sturgeon.

MORE: The People’s Choice Award winners for 2019 announced

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The RHS website reads: “Inspired by nature’s power to regenerate, this woodland landscape will be interspersed with stone platforms and huge burnt timber sculptures representing natural rock formations.”

Designed by: Andy Sturgeon | Built by: Crocus | Sponsored by: M&G Investments

GOLD: The Morgan Stanley Garden

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The RHS website reads: “The Morgan Stanley Garden is inspired by the UK’s love of beautiful gardens and explores how to continue the tradition of creating herbaceous-rich spaces, while managing resources more sensitively.”

Designed by: Chris Beardshaw | Built by: Chris Beardshaw Ltd | Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley

GOLD: Welcome to Yorkshire – READ MORE

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The RHS website reads: “The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is inspired by the county’s proud history of industry, manufacturing and innovation, as well as its stunning natural environment.”

Designed by: Mark Gregory | Built by: Landform Consultants Ltd | Sponsored by: Welcome to Yorkshire


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The RHS website reads: “Commissioned to celebrate the Forestry Commission’s centenary, the garden looks ahead to the challenges facing forests of the future. It explores how our woodlands can be made resilient to a changing climate and the increasing threats of pests and diseases.”

Designed by: Sarah Eberle | Built by: Crocus | Sponsored by: Gravetye Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Kingscote Estate, Forestry Commission, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Government, Welsh Government


The Wedgwood Garden

The Dubai Majlis Garden

Warner’s Distillery Garden

The Greenfingers Charity Garden

The Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ Garden

IKEA and Tom Dixon: Gardening Will Save The World


The Savills and David Harber Garden


GOLD + BEST ARTISAN GARDEN: Family Monsters Garden

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The RHS website reads: “The garden shows the pressures faced by every family and the journey families take to face these challenges. From financial problems to health and wellbeing issues, and from lack of time together to problems with communication and resolving disputes, the garden represents the range of pressures faced by families in Britain today.”

Designed by: Alistair Bayford | Built by: idverde | Sponsored by: idverde, Family Action

GOLD: The High Maintenance Garden For Motor Neurone Disease Association

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The RHS website reads: “This is a loved space, created over many years of hard work, that is gradually being reclaimed by nature. The iconic, British, hand-built sports car is of equal passion to the garden owner – the result of a lifetime of planning for an enjoyable and active retirement.”

Designed by: Sue Hayward | Built by: Soar Valley Services Ltd | Sponsored by: Based on an idea by Martin Anderson MBE, founder member of the MND Association

GOLD: Green Switch

Kazuyuki Ishihara

The RHS website reads: “The ‘green switch’ represents the space we inhabit when we ‘switch off’ from the stresses of contemporary urban life and seek the things we like to do, such as spending time in nature.”

Designed by: Kazuyuki Ishihara | Built by: Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory |Sponsored by: G-Lion


Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden

Walker’s Forgotten Quarry Garden


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BRONZE – None awarded



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The RHS website reads: “As a ‘designed landscape’, The Facebook Garden: Beyond the Screen, is designed to celebrate the positive impact of spending meaningful time on social media and how this enriches our lives – particularly those of young people – in the real world.”

Designed by: Joe Perkins | Built by: The Outdoor Room | Sponsored by: Facebook

GOLD: Kampo No Niwa

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The RHS website reads: “Designed for a practitioner of Kampo, a system of Japanese herbal medicine, this is a garden that celebrates the route to health and happiness through plants.”

Designed by: Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato | Built by:
Tatsuya Shirai Studio, Otis Landscape Associates, Harrison Landscapes and Hiroshi Fukawa | Sponsored by: Kampo no Niwa 300 sponsors

GOLD: Viking Cruises: The Art of Viking Garden

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The RHS website reads: “The Art of Viking Garden – a multi-layered wetland habitat – is reminiscent of a water meadow, open and inviting with multi-stem river birches and winding streams running through the space. Water is a key element of the design and a signature feature of Viking’s RHS Show Gardens.”

Designed by: Paul Hervey-Brookes | Built by: Big Fish Landscapes | Sponsored by: Viking

GOLD: The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden

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The RHS website reads: “The garden is sponsored by Montessori Centre International (MCI), which provides training to those interested in applying Montessori principles to early years’ education. It celebrates the work of Montessori St Nicholas and commemorates 100 years of Montessori in the UK.”

Designed by: Jody Lidgard | Built by: Bespoke Outdoor Spaces | Sponsored by: Montessori Centre International, City Asset Management

GOLD: The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls in Africa A Space to Grow

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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


The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden

The Silent Pool Gin Garden


The Manchester Garden

The Harmonious Garden of Life

BRONZE – None awarded

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