Notcutts strike gold at Chelsea
EVERYTHING was coming up roses for Woodbridge-based Notcutts today after the gardening company won a coveted Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.“No matter how much work we put into our exhibit, it's always a tense moment as I walk up to the stand to find what medal we have been awarded.
EVERYTHING was coming up roses for Woodbridge-based Notcutts today after the gardening company won a coveted Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
“No matter how much work we put into our exhibit, it's always a tense moment as I walk up to the stand to find what medal we have been awarded. Even with so many 'golds' over the years, attaining this ultimate standard doesn't get any easier,” said managing director William Notcutt.
“It really is a testament to everyone's commitment to exceptional standards that we have been able to achieve another Chelsea gold medal.”
The show-piece garden exhibit was designed to embody the many different requirements demanded of a contemporary garden - creating an outdoor space for family members aged eight to 80-plus.
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It has a kitchen garden for growing vegetables and herbs in raised beds - an opportunity for young and old to work together, knee to knee, discovering the wonders of nature.
It also has a cutting garden to provide colourful flowers that can be picked for indoors, an area set aside for native flowers in a meadow setting to attract butterflies and bees, and a dining area for eating, reading, the children to play in and the family to relax.
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Notcutts landscape consultants director, Jason Lock, and senior designer Chris Deakin designed the exhibit.
Mr Lock has been responsible for the design and staging of Notcutts exhibits since 1998 and has gained a wealth of experience in what it takes to make an eye-catching display.
The Chelsea entry is a team effort by Notcutts in association with National Savings and Investments, drawing on expertise from Notcutts' landscapes division, garden centres and John Woods Nurseries.
The company also launched a new plant at Chelsea - the first weeping form of cercis canadensis, Lavender Twist, in Europe.
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