‘Designing and Building a Chelsea Show Garden’ by Mark Gregory

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Starts: Sat 12th Oct 2024 14:00
Ends: 12th Oct 2024 16:00

Worcestershire Group Celebrity Lecture 2024

St Peter’s Baptist Church, Eden Close, Worcester WR5 3TZ (map)
‘Designing and Building a Chelsea Show Garden’ by Mark Gregory

mark gregoryAs a designer, constructor, lecturer, mentor, judge, ambassador and managing director, Mark Gregory has been at the forefront of horticulture and landscaping for 35 years.

Educated at Askham Bryan Horticultural College and trained at RHS Wisley, Mark is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and a Chartered Landscape Architect who has spent his life designing and creating gardens. In 2023 he was awarded the RHS Associate Of Honour, an award held for life which recognises his unique distinguished service to the practice of horticulture. In 2022 Mark was the recipient of the Pearson Memorial Medal for outstanding service to the garden industry and also became the RHS Ambassador for Landscapers.

In 2017 and again in 2022 he was voted Most Influential Person in the garden and landscape industry by his peers.

If you saw Superbloom at the Tower of London or have visited the gardens around RHS Hilltop at Wisley or have seen the new designs for His Majesty’s climate friendly topiary garden at Sandringham you will be familiar with the work of Mark’s company Landform Consultants Ltd

Mark has built more RHS show gardens and received more medals than any other constructor. He hasn’t missed a Chelsea Flower Show since he started in 1989. Even when Covid cancelled the 2020 show, Mark was awarded Garden Of The Decade for his 2018 Welcome To Yorkshire Garden which captured a slice of Wensleydale. A design which celebrated Yorkshire’s stunning scenery, natural materials, traditional crafts and artisan food production; quintessential buttercup meadows and rich flora set on the edge of a woodland, a tumbling beck running past a stone bothy into soft pastures. Who can forget his audacious 2019 design which incorporated a pair of canal lock gates, a lock keeper’s lodge with private garden and vegetable patch with a towpath running next to a perennial meadow. For RHS Chelsea 2023 Mark has created his most complex build; The Savills Garden invites us into an intimate walled sanctuary with an abundance of beautiful ornamental and edible planting. At the heart of the garden is a working kitchen and adjoining dining area where guests will enjoy meals prepared with ingredients from the potager and walled garden – a true ‘plot-to-plate’ experience. Mark’s genuinely sustainable and environmentally sensitive design will feature reclaimed hard landscaping materials; brick, pantiles, Yorkshire flagstone and cement-free concrete. After the show, the garden will be used to teach cookery skills to young people at a residential centre in Nottinghamshire.

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