A clean sweep by ‘The M&G Garden’ at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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‘The M&G Garden’ by James Basson has been awarded ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

This is a first time ‘Best in Show’ win for both James and M&G at the Show.

There was also high praise for the M&G trade stand which received a ‘5 Star Award’ in this year’s Trade Stand Awards and Crocus – the biggest gardening website in the UK – received the ‘Best Construction Award’ for ‘The M&G Garden’.

This year, ‘The M&G Garden’ has taken inspiration from the unique landscape and arid climate of Malta. Set within a limestone quarry, James’s design reflects the ecological diversity of the Mediterranean island with different zones, from coastal clifftop to shrubland and woodland. Two imposing monolithic pillars of Maltese limestone form the centrepiece of the garden.

Each space reflects on how nature has adapted to reclaim a man-made landscape, using a naturalistic planting style, providing texture and structure. From grasses, heathers and evergreens, the design bears all the hallmarks of a traditional Mediterranean garden, but with an innovative edge. This is the first time some of these plants have been seen in the UK, thanks to the Maltese Government giving James special permission to use them.

James Basson says: “I am really thrilled to have won ‘Best in Show’ this year. It is a great honour to have been chosen among such gifted designers at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I give my thanks to my fantastic team, to Crocus and the Gaia Foundation in Malta and of course to M&G for making this all possible. Its sponsorship of the Show over many years has made a real difference to horticulture.”

Jacqui Haskins says: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won ‘Best in Show’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. We have produced eight gardens since our sponsorship of the Show began and it has been a great pleasure to work with James and Helen Basson this year. James has created a wonderful Mediterranean themed garden sourcing rare flowers and plants all the way from Malta. This win is a tribute to James and Helen, Crocus and all those involved for their incredible hard work and dedication.”