People's Award winner
A courtyard garden, The Old Gate, designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, has won the BBC RHS People's Award for best small garden.
The garden has already been awarded a gold medal and Best in Section by RHS judges. It was inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, and shows a garden where the owner has neglected ornamental plants in favour of growing vegetables.
Presenting the award, BBC TV's Alan Titchmarsh said, "These small gardens take every bit as much care and effort to construct as the large gardens, even though they don’t always get as much attention."
Adam, who also won the People's Award for best small garden in 2006, said he was overwhelmed. He said the People's Award is particularly special to win because it’s been voted for by the public.
"We're making gardens that people who come to the show love and enjoy and want in their own homes," he said. "The amazing thing about the garden is that it's triggered so many memories and thoughts and feelings for people, and that's exactly what we wanted it to do. So it’s truly meant everything to us."
Voting has now closed in the final of the People's Award for best show garden. The result will be shown on BBC1 during this evening’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.
The final curtain
It's the last day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2007, but the razzmatazz isn't quite over yet. There are more prizes to be awarded - and the show gardens are still looking wonderful, after a week of glorious weather.
The public are still voting for their choice of Best Show Garden from four finalists - the gardens designed by Chris Beardshaw, Andy Sturgeon, Kate Frey and Diarmuid Gavin. They're also choosing their favourite Small Garden from the four categories at the show. The vote closes at 12.45pm and suspense is building among the competitors as they wait to find out who'll be crowned champion.
But at 4pm, the bell is rung to signal the start of the break-up, when show gardens and stands are dismantled and many of the plants sold off. It’s exciting for visitors, who can for the first time buy plants directly from the show; but it’s hard for designers to see the gardens they’ve been planning and working for over such a long time coming to an end.
"It's horrible,” says Philip Nixon, co-designer of the Savills Garden (silver gilt). "You've put so much work into it and it just goes in minutes - they go through it with a bulldozer."
It’s not all doom and gloom. Some gardens are relocated elsewhere, while the plants from others - including the Savills Garden - will find their way into other garden projects. And for many of the designers, it marks not an end, but a beginning - of planning for Chelsea 2008.