The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015 winner revealed

It is the best feeling in the world to have your creativity recognised. Sean Murray, Winner, Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015
Date: 14.05.2015     Last updated: 14.05.2015 at 21.00
Category: BBC Two; Factual
  • The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge is a partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society and the BBC and saw six amateur garden designers compete to win one of the biggest prizes in gardening - the opportunity to design and build a garden on Main Avenue at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015
  • Winner of the inaugural competition is 51-year-old nurse from Northumberland, Sean Murray
  • The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge was broadcast from Monday 11 to Thursday 14 May on BBC Two
  • Sean will go on to design a new garden, which will be on display at the RHS stand on Main Avenue and is a feature garden, so won’t be judged in the main competition

BBC Two’s The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge comes to an end tonight, with the winner of the inaugural competition revealed as 51-year-old nurse from Northumberland Sean Murray.

Broadcasting over the last four nights on BBC Two, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge has seen six amateur gardeners compete to win a life-changing opportunity – to design and build a garden on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Mentored by Joe Swift (Gardener’s World), the six fledging designers had just four days and a limited budget to build show gardens in different styles - including cottage gardens, formal gardens and conceptual gardens - that would impress RHS Judge James Alexander Sinclair and Gold-medal-winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell.

In the series finale at RHS’s flagship garden, at Wisley, the three remaining designers had five days to create a show garden to prove they were worthy of winning this enormous prize in gardening. Aided and advised by Joe Swift, the designers had to create flawless designs along with perfect planting to win over judges James Alexander Sinclair and Ann Marie Powell.

Sean won the first round of cottage gardens and the final round. He's now looking to change his career and is setting up his own business to become a garden designer.

The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015 winner, Sean Murray, says: "I was truly astonished to win. It is the best feeling in the world to have your creativity recognised. Watching the design you have in your mind develop on paper and materialise into a living, breathing garden is an incredible feeling. In the competition, I tried to create an element of storytelling in each garden. I am excited at the prospect of creating personalised garden spaces for others. It was a privilege to be part of an exciting, new collaboration between the RHS and the BBC. The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge was a great apprenticeship to prepare me for the challenge ahead. And wow! Its a big one!"

Notes to Editors

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of the British gardening calendar and one of the most famous gardening shows in the world. For the first time in 2015, in a partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society and the BBC, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015 saw six amateurs designers compete to win the biggest prize in gardening - to design and build a garden on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2015.

Winner Sean Murray

Sean is nurse working in occupational health who lives with his wife Eileen and 21-year-old daughter Ellen in Northumberland.

One of Sean’s earliest memories is sending off to a local newspaper for a six seed starter pack, for which he still has the newspaper cutting. His first article for his school magazine explained how to disbud a show chrysanthemum, much to the amusement of the rest of the class.

Sean is completely self-taught and has no formal garden training. He is also a self-taught flower designer and recently passed his NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) demonstrators test.

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