RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire – Our Silver Medal Winning Chelsea Flower Show…

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Our 2016 Silver Medal Winning Garden

‘God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire’


The Garden

York Minster’s great East Window has inspired the design of our 2016 garden.

The garden highlights the beauty of the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in the UK, via planting and landscaping which has been designed to reflect the wider Yorkshire landscape as well as the Minster itself.

The planting reflects the shapes and colours of the medieval stained glass, while the furniture of a cathedral – benches, pews and ornamental tombs – are to be represented by timber seats and blocks of yew and stone.

Stone gargoyles and monoliths will be loaned by historic sites across Yorkshire, whilst York Glaziers Trust themselves are creating our stunning window, with hand blown glass from the supplier used by the Minster.

The Designer

We are delighted to be working with Matthew Wilson, a respected garden designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer and the former Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate. Matthew is Principle Designer at Clifton Nurseries, who have a long association with Chelsea Flower Show, winning twelve medals including five gold medals and two best show garden awards. Matthew shares our vision of creating a garden for Yorkshire.

Plant List


The Build – Photo Gallery

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Garden Time lapse

God’s Own County – A Garden For Yorkshire at Chelsea Flower Show 2016 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Our Garden Video Blog

Part 1

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 1 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

 Part 2

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 2 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Part 3

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 3 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Part 4

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 4 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Part 5

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 5 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Part 6

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 6 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Part 7

Matthew Wilson’s Chelsea Diary part 7 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

Our Partners

York Minster and York Glaziers TrustWe are working with the York Glaziers Trust and York Minster stone masons, who will contribute their expertise to the design development and on site construction of elements of the garden.  In doing so, we’ll be bringing over 600 years of living history and skills to Chelsea.

Help for Heroes – Veterans who have suffered life changing injuries or illnesses while serving our country, will be putting skills learnt through horticultural rehabilitation into practice, to help us bring our garden to life at Chelsea.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum – The beautiful Thorp Perrow Arboretum work closely with H4H on the horticultural therapy scheme, offering their grounds and expertise to teach horticultural skills to former soldiers.

The Friends of York Minster is a group of people dedicated to enhancing the work and the life of the Minster. Recent projects we have funded include a grant of £125,000 towards the Great East Window. Our 2,500 members gain free entry to the Minster, have the opportunity to join our lectures, outings and holidays and receive an informative Annual Report and regular newsletters.

Contributors helping us shape the garden

Suppliers from all four corners of the county are helping Welcome to Yorkshire build this fantastic reflection of our county. This is a real window of opportunity to showcase the wealth of stunning scenery, iconic heritage, deep-rooted industries and skilled tradesmen Yorkshire has to offer.


Marshalls is pleased to be supporting the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea.

Marshalls is proudly Yorkshire born and bred having been founded near Halifax in the 1880s, and its headquarters are located near this site today. 

The theme of Welcome to Yorkshire’s garden was particularly exciting for Marshalls as York Minster, one of Yorkshire’s most important and well visited heritage sites, is surrounded by its Moselden Yorkstone paving.

Marshalls is the UK’s leading supplier of hard landscaping materials, providing the products and inspiration to help homeowners across the UK to design and create beautiful and practical, outdoor spaces to enhance their homes. 


Arnold Laver

Arnold Laver provide a diverse range of materials to the construction and fit-out sectors; through twelve strategically located Depots. We aim to make it easy for our customers, whether it’s getting the delivery right first time, or providing access to account information on-line; our goal is to be the ‘first choice’ supplier of timber and timber-based products in the UK.

Our wide product range includes softwoods, hardwoods, sheet materials, decorative surfaces, cladding and joinery products. We also manufacture doors and door-sets, panels and components, roof-trusses and engineered floor systems.

A commitment to the environment underpins everything we do. We hold full FSC and PEFC accreditation, as well as Chain of Custody status, helping us to ensure our timber products are obtained from legal and sustainable sources.

We enjoy trading relationships with most of the top ten major construction Companies in the UK and supply diverse market sectors including, housing, ground-works, fabricators and joinery manufacturers.


Caddick Group

At the forefront of commercial property development, construction & civil engineering in the UK. With its head office in Knottingley, this long standing company has kindly supplied machinery hire and building materials for the garden.

Tong Garden centre

Supporting Yorkshire’s gardeners since 1984, the team at Tong Garden Centre are pleased and proud to support this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden at Chelsea.

Our expert team have sourced a variety of plants for the stained glass window and woodland planting themes as well as the buxus hedging for the ecclesiastical furniture. You’ll find inspiring ideas to create this year’s theme on show in the new plant department at Tong Garden Centre, located in Bradford.


Lucas Engineering

At Lucas Engineering & Fabrication we pride ourselves on being able to offer organisations across Yorkshire and the UK a complete Design, Fabrication and Installation package.

From a basic concept we can design, fabricate and install a wide range of projects. From our base in Castleford, West Yorkshire, we can supply services across Yorkshire and beyond, to a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors. We offer many more fabrication and engineering services in addition to those listed on our website and work hard to meet the needs of even the most demanding clients. Our highly trained, dedicated staff and extensive, well-equipped workshop allow us to take on any project – large or small – and ensure that every job is finished to the highest possible standard.


Mousey Thompson – Furniture for the garden (based in Kilburn, North Yorkshire)

Procter Cast Stone – Procter is one of the UK’s leading cast stone specialists and offers a comprehensive service to design, manufacture, supply and install high quality bespoke artificial stone products throughout the UK as well as supplying a range of standard products from stock.  

Moon & Bronte by Moon

Moon & Bronte by Moon are pleased to be supporting the 2016 RHS Chelsea Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.

A quintessentially British brand, proud of its Yorkshire heritage that traces back to 1837, Leeds based Abraham Moon and Sons (Moon) is one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain. Since 1920 it has been run by the locally based Walsh family, current Managing Director, John Walsh, is the fourth generation.

Producing luxurious 100% wool fabrics for the interior design and clothing industry, each part of the process from dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing takes place on one site to the highest of standards.


Newby Hall – Plants and unique stone statues. The statues were gifted to Newby by the Minster many years ago, and so are original Minster masonry (based in Ripon, North Yorkshire)

Wentworth Castle Gardens – Wentworth Castle Gardens have very kindly supplied a number of plants dug from their own grounds (based near Barnsley, South Yorkshire)

Bradshaws Direct – providing the water pumps and filters (based in York, North Yorkshire) – Bradshaws Direct is the UK’s favourite water garden supplier. Selling everything for your pond from pumps to pond liners, fish to filters and everything else you might need. Our friendly knowledgeable staff are ready to answer your pond questions on the phone, email or social media and will always help you to choose the right equipment for your pond. We source products from all over the world to bring you great value and excellent performance. Based in the historic City of York we’re proud of our roots and of our service.

Visit us at bradshawsdirect.co.uk

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Tweet us @bradshawsdirect

Procter Cast Stone


Lowery Roofing

Kindly creating the bespoke zinc roof for the garden – Lowery Roofing are based in Crigglestone, West Yorkshire

Lowery Roofing specialises in the installation and replacements of roofs and rainwater goods.  All our employees are certified under the Construction Skills Safety Scheme and are regularly assessed to ensure that their workmanship is to the highest standard. 

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and quality of finish, which comes as standard irrespective of project size.  We are a member of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

Operating predominantly around the Yorkshire region and further afield for larger scale roofing works, Lowery Roofing carries out a wide range of roofing for a variety of clients.  We offer:

  • Slating and tiling works using a variety of materials
  • Work to pitched and flat roofs
  • Specialist lead roofing including ornamental details (e.g. hoppers)
  • Stainless steel, zinc & copper roofing
  • Cast iron & lead rainwater goods


H&A Transport (Leeds) Ltd 

Providing haulage support to transport all the elements of the garden to Chelsea

T: 0113 244 6418.

E: info@hatransport.com


H & A Transport has been established for over 40 years providing our customers and trading partners with a cost effective, reliable range of Storage, Distribution, Cargo Handling and Freight Forwarding solutions.

For us it’s all about attention to detail. We care about our customers and our focus is on providing a first class service for all our clients no matter how big or small.

GCS Johnson Ltd

Providing haulage support for transporting the larger and heavier elements to Chelsea

GCS Johnson (Skeeby) Ltd based in Richmond, North Yorkshire was established in 1969 beginning in general haulage with one flat bed trailer and one tractor unit. Within three years the company had purchased its very first heavy haulage trailer and is now the UK’s leading heavy haulage contractor.

T: 01325 377691/2

W: www.gcsjohnson.co.uk


Welcome to Yorkshire are proud to be once again working with Aire Valley Landscaping Services. The Leeds based firm have worked tirelessly to bring our garden to life since our very first appearance at Chelsea. Their expertise and skills have proven invaluable!

National Gardens Scheme

With thanks to the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), who will be joining us at the Flower Show to help promote the beautiful gardens of Yorkshire. SInce its foundation, the NGS has donated over £45million to caring and nursing charities by opening gardens to the public. Find out more….

The History of Welcome to Yorkshire at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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 five times.

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