The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden 2019

Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th Chelsea Garden Wins GOLD and the BBC People’s Choice Award!

Welcome to Yorkshire is marking its 10th birthday and 10th year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a garden which captures the beauty of the county’s canals and celebrates the drama of Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage.

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It has been designed by Mark Gregory who worked on Welcome to Yorkshire’s most successful Chelsea garden to date, last year. His 2018 Dales inspired garden scooped a Gold Medal, the People’s Choice Award and won the prize for Best Construction.

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The highlight of the 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire show garden is the authentically built canal with flowing water and genuine canal lock gates. The Mark Gregory-designed garden also includes a towpath and a lock keeper’s lodge with a colourful garden and vegetable patch. This is the 99th garden he has worked on at the prestigious show.

The garden is inspired by Yorkshire’s proud history of industry, manufacturing and innovation but also the county’s stunning natural environment and many green spaces. The canal featured runs next to a perennial meadow, and the planting celebrates the rich diversity of native flora alongside cultivated varieties.

This atmospheric garden evokes the very essence of the county, striking a balance between the industrial and the beautiful, demonstrating that a working lock can also be a place of tranquillity and charm. The aim of the garden is to inspire those who see it, to visit Yorkshire and experience the county’s beauty first hand.

Lock gates recently removed from a canal in Yorkshire were donated by Canal & River Trust for this year’s 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire RHS Chelsea show garden.

The Trust teamed up with the Welcome to Yorkshire for this year’s prestigious flower show to celebrate the county’s rich industrial heritage and the hundreds of miles of stunning waterways which run across the county.

The national waterways and wellbeing charity, which cares for canals including the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Pocklington Canal and Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, helped to make sure the garden brought to life a totally authentic Yorkshire experience and provided old lock gates from the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to form the focal point of the garden.

People from across the Trust, including volunteer lock keepers, heritage experts, and apprentice carpenters, supported the garden by sharing their knowledge, lending artefacts, and getting hands-on to help build some of the features.

Mark Gregory, Garden Designer, said:

I’m honoured to have been asked to create Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th garden at RHS Chelsea. My design will try to capture the magic of the narrow canals, a stunning legacy of the Industrial Revolution, which are now a massive part of tourism in Yorkshire after being carefully and lovingly renovated to create a unique eco system and valuable leisure resource.

The garden will have all the drama and excitement of a working canal, with two gates and a bypass sluice system with lots of moving water. It will feature authentic Yorkshire stonework and trees local to the county with a modern style perennial meadow bordering the canal towpath. Chelsea 2018 was all about the detail and my ambition for 2019 is to raise the bar yet again.”

Peter Dodd, Commercial Director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“Yorkshire has always been a world leader when it comes to innovation and we are hugely proud of our industrial heritage. Combining this with our county’s natural beauty will make a brilliant theme for next year’s RHS Chelsea garden.

I’m delighted we have Mark Gregory on board as our designer once again for such a special year – as we celebrate 10 years of Welcome to Yorkshire and our 10th garden at the prestigious flower show where we showcase our great county to the world with the aim of enticing visitors to come see everything we have on offer for themselves.”

This is not the first time canal lock gates have been featured at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The HESCO Garden 2010, produced by Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside staff with engineering design and support from sponsors HESCO Bastion Limited, was modelled on a section of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal complete with a canal and full-sized lock gates as the centrepiece. This garden, along with a number of other previous show gardens from Chelsea Flower Show are on permanent display to the public at Roundhay Park in Leeds. These gardens provide a lasting legacy to the memory of HESCO Bastion owner Jimi Heselden OBE, who passed away tragically in 2010. Jimi worked closely with Leeds City Council on the design, development and funding for a number of award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden entries and was well known for his charitable work and generosity.

Mark Gregory has won a Gold medal for his show-stopping Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Garden designer Mark – who has now completed his 99th Chelsea Show Garden – admits that this garden is his most ambitious to date.

Alongside the time-lapse video (above), photos of the finished garden prove that it was very much worth all the hard work – and just like his 2018 masterpiece, it looks spectacular. Even Joe Swift agrees: ‘This garden feels as though it has been here forever, and that is the artistry of some of the gardens here at Chelsea.’

Mark, who has been documenting his Chelsea journey this year on House Beautiful, told Joe Swift on BBC One’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show: ‘I think this is as much as you can possibly do in 18 days, when you are making it from scratch. It’s not been brought in in modules, everything has been built here. It was a tough build, a lot of fun, but I wouldn’t want to do anything more ambitious than this. Certainly from the engineering and logistics with getting all the components, we’ve gone very, very large.’

Built by Mark’s company Landform Consultants, this garden is a special one, featuring authentic Yorkshire stonework, trees local to the county, flowing water and genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

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There’s also a towpath and a lock keeper’s lodge with a colourful garden – a wild perennial meadow (lupins, delphiniums etc.) – and a vegetable patch.

Speaking about his Gold medal win, Mark said: ‘Each year you strive to build on the success of the previous, which after last year was no mean feat! We’re over the moon that the Welcome to Yorkshire garden has been recognised once again and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Chelsea is always a team effort, and we’ve got a winning team, I couldn’t be prouder.’

Mark Gregory, Welcome to Yorkshire garden with Rose Gore Browne, Chelsea Show Manager and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd

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— Welcome to Yorkshire (@Welcome2Yorks) May 21, 2019

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is inspired by Yorkshire’s proud history of industry, manufacturing and innovation, as well as the county’s stunning natural environment and many green spaces.

This atmospheric garden aims to evoke the very essence of the county, demonstrating that a working lock can also be a place of tranquillity and charm.

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‘It’s Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th year this year, and working on these authentic landscapes has been an absolute honour,’ Mark told us in his most recent blog post on House Beautiful. ‘Yorkshire is home for me and bringing my home county to the world stage that is Chelsea is like putting my heart on display for all to see. I hope we do Yorkshire proud when it’s unveiled to the public on Tuesday!’

Browse more photos of the finished Welcome to Yorkshire Garden below:

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Welcome to Yorkshire: God’s own county

We are lucky to have a trade stand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, that wonderful feast of gardening inspiration in the heart of the capital. We’re even luckier to be located right on Main Avenue, the primary route through the site, in amongst the spectacular show gardens. Close to the action, we have a grandstand view of everything that’s going on; the media, the celebs as they come and go, and the garden designers and the

This year we’ve been watching Tracy Foster and her team create the magical and evocative Welcome to Yorkshire garden, right opposite our stand. Taking inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire coast, it’s made us feel very at home! We’ve been based in Sheffield, Yorkshire, since 1730… and catching up with Tracy, I was delighted to discover that she’s a Sheffield lass herself. After her horticultural training, her first job in the city was with British Steel. Sheffield is an area that’s been recognised for its expertise in steel and knives since the 14th century, and we still work with steel there today.
Tracy, however, went into horticulture as soon as she found a suitable job and left the world of steel behind. Apart from her garden tools, that is – and I was pleased to learn that she uses our secateurs.
Her Yorkshire garden celebrates the county’s wild places, its shoreline, its agricultural landscape… all rolled into one. It was inspired, Tracy explained, by the coast around Flamborough Head, between Bridlington and Filey. It’s a spectacular area, well-known to birdwatchers, as seabirds nest there in their thousands. Personally I remember it in late spring, the white chalk and towering lighthouse dazzling in the sunshine, the yellow fields of oilseed rape brilliant against a bright blue sky… Yorkshire has a wonderful wild beauty and the Welcome to Yorkshire garden captures it perfectly.

Tracy explained that she’d had been on site since 2nd May, and certainly the garden was already looking perfect by the time I first saw it. She has gone to extraordinary lengths to create a slice of Yorkshire at Chelsea. There are over 50 species in the garden, and more than 3000 individual plants – not to mention the eight tonnes of sand from Scarborough beach, and two tonnes of pebbles borrowed from South Landing, Flamborough – which will be returned to their Yorkshire home at the end of the show.
I may have missed the garden’s build, but what I did see was the watering ritual, morning and evening, to maintain the beautiful lushness that so perfectly captures the Yorkshire cliffs. The sounds that accompany the garden are a delightful touch – the constant gentle lapping of waves and the shriek of gulls wheeling overhead create a sense of time and place which allows the garden to work its magic.
Congratulations to Tracy Foster on the silver medal awarded to this beautiful and very special Yorkshire garden. www.tracyfostergardendesign.co.uk

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The aim of the garden is to showcase the region and encourage people to visit Yorkshire and explore it for themselves.

Mr Gregory said:“Wow, I’m blown away, it’s such an honour to have received this award again, and for my 99th Chelsea garden too. 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.”

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd said:“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.

“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 thousand 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.”

The wonderful Welcome to Yorkshire garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show has received a highly coveted gold medal. The 99th garden by the renowned designer and landscaper Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants marks both the 10th anniversary and 10th year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Welcome to Yorkshire.

Marks admits that this garden is his most ambitious to date.

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The atmospheric Welcome to Yorkshire garden evokes the very essence of the county, striking a balance between the industrial and the beautiful, demonstrating that a working lock can also be a place of tranquillity and charm.

The aim of the garden is to inspire those who see it, to visit Yorkshire and experience the county’s beauty first hand.

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The spectacular garden follows in the footsteps Mark’s 2018 gold medal winning garden – Welcome to Yorkshire’s most successful Chelsea garden to date which was honoured with a hat-trick of awards: a Gold Medal, the BBC People’s Choice and Best Construction – and captures the beauty of the county’s canals, whilst celebrating the drama of Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage.

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‘Each year you strive to build on the success of the previous, which after last year was no mean feat! We’re over the moon that the Welcome to Yorkshire garden has been recognised once again and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Chelsea is always a team effort, and we’ve got a winning team, I couldn’t be prouder,’ says Mark Gregory, Landform Consultants Managing Director.

Paddleboarder Jo Mosely poses in The Welcome to Yorkshire show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Image credit: RHS / Suzanne Plunkett

Affectionately named the ‘Construction King of Chelsea’, Mark Gregory has built a grand total of 99 inspiring and detailed Chelsea show gardens and spent almost four years of his life on the grounds of Royal Hospital.

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Mark founded Landform on 1st April 1988 and the very next day was called on to create a last-minute Chelsea garden and he’s been back every single year since, and he hasn’t let us down.

Landform holds more than 20 Gold medals, alongside Mark’s five personal Gold medals.

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