Doncaster man scoops top prize with best garden gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A Doncaster gardener has scooped a top honour at the annual Chelsea Flower Show.

Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 3:01 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:28 pm
The winning garden was based on an industrial wharf. (Photo: RHS).

Everything came up roses for designer Graham Bodle after his artisan garden creation built from recycled wood and metals was awarded gold at the prestigious show yesterday.

WATCH: Click here to take a 360 degree tour of the winning gardenGraham, of Walker's Nurseries, Blaxton, was awarded top spot for his design, Walker's Wharf and features of the garden included decking creating from reclaimed materials, plants which echoed the theme of industrial decay and a pile of rusting cogs.

The garden capture scenes of industrial decay. (Photo: RHS).

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The garden took the Best Artisan Garden prize at the annual five-day show, which has been running since 1912.

Judges said: "This garden turns a derelict industrial space into a usable outdoor area.

"A disused industrial wharf, reminiscent of those along the waterways of northern England, provides the inspiration. It includes a drawbridge, crane arm and a decked area in which to relax.

"Pines and conifers are used to give the garden structure and a feeling of maturity. Ground cover plants, including grasses, are planted in and around the edges of the industrial hard landscaping. The colour palette is predominantly green to give a sense of calm and wellbeing."

The garden scooped gold. (Photo: RHS).

The garden also features a lichen covered skull adorning the woodwork of the wharf and retaining walls created from recycled materials including wood and metal.

It is not the first time Graham has tasted success, with previous victories at Chelsea and also the RHS Tatton show.

Garden designer Graham Bodle of Walker's Nurseries.
The garden capture scenes of industrial decay. (Photo: RHS).
The garden scooped gold. (Photo: RHS).
Garden designer Graham Bodle of Walker's Nurseries.