Hundreds of thousands of people will get a taste of Yorkshire’s stunning coastline when it's recreated in central London at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden entitled "Welcome to Yorkshire" is inspired by the spectacular environment around the Yorkshire coastline. It will feature cliffs, a real beach and the sea. A ruined abbey will also be constructed in the garden, celebrating the county’s many historic buildings.
For the second year in a row Welcome to Yorkshire will be showcasing the county using one of the biggest show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22 - 27).
Every inch of the garden’s build will be authentically Yorkshire. The stone used to construct the ruin will be sourced from the very same quarry used to build Whitby Abbey back in the 13th century and the cliffs will be created from material with the same geological composition as Flamborough Head itself. The plants, flowers and herbs used in the garden will also be those which grow in the coastal area.
The garden is the creative vision of multi-award winning Yorkshire designer Tracy Foster from Sheffield. She has taken her inspiration from the freshness and wildness of Flamborough and the drama of Yorkshire’s historic castles and abbeys. Her spectacular water feature will highlight Yorkshire’s strong links to the fishing industry and recognise the rich array of seafood which the county supplies to the world.
Tracy, who is now based in Leeds, will also celebrate Yorkshire’s powerful relationship with the land and agriculture, acknowledging the importance of the rural economy and the county’s role as a major food producer. This will be evoked by the vegetation planted, and also by a breath-taking Trompe l’oile painting. This art technique uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion of three dimensions and deceive the viewer into thinking the scene is real. The arch shaped work in the garden will show the bountiful fields that can be found in all four corners of the county.
Welcome to Yorkshire have an established history of taking a slice of our glorious county to London each year for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here are our previous gardens and the accolades we won!
2010 - Rhubarb Crumble and Custard Garden - Silver Medal
2011 - The Art of Yorkshire Garden – Silver Medal
2012 - The Brontë’s Yorkshire Garden – Gold Medal
2013 - Le Jardin de Yorkshire Garden – Silver Gilt Medal
2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Silver Medal
2015 - Brewers Yard Garden - Silver Medal
Our gardens have won the prestigious People's Choice Award six times.