CROCUS AT RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

James Basson wins his third gold medal and first Best in Show.

The garden has 172 varieties of plant. Most have never been seen at Chelsea before.


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The stone we needed filled three articulated lorries.

The Duchess of the Cambridge enjoys the Garden.

Crocus Co-Founder, Mark Fane escorts the Duchess around the Show Ground.

Centranthus ruber coccineus, Tragopogon porrifolius, Papaver dubium ssp. lecoqii var. albiflorum.

Papaver dubium ssp. lecoqii var. albiflorum among the ferny foliage of Ridolfia segetum.

Tetraclinis articulata, the national tree of Malta.

Matthiola incana ssp. melitensis, one of the seven rare endemic species from Malta.

The plunge pool and the dining area. Ferula communis was used throughout the garden.

This year we are working with James Basson on ‘The M&G Garden’, sponsored by M&G Investments. James has won several gold medals at Chelsea. In 2007 he produced the remarkable 'After the Fire' garden which was a compelling rendition of nature's remarkable powers of regeneration.

James Basson has always made gardens which celebrate plants in their wild state and this year his focus falls on Malta.

Malta's geographic position between Southern Europe and Africa has led to unique and fascinating flora. Sadly the natural landscape is under the usual pressure from human intervention and many plants are severely endangered. However, there are areas where man's intervention has lead to interesting natural adaptations - and one of these is the quarries of Malta.

James is recreating one of these quarries to show case not just the remarkable flora of Malta but to demonstrate how, even in the most inhospitable places - nature can prosper. Urban planners, please take note! Malta is without permanent rivers or lakes so fresh water is scarce. This has inevitably affected the evolution of the region’s flora, resulting in myriad rare species; many are unique to Malta and cannot be exported so have never been seen in the UK.

This meant our only option was to harvest seed with special permission from the Maltese and the UK government.

We have used 172 varieties of plants, most of which have never been seen at Chelsea before. The colours are the predominant shades of Maltese springtime: green, chartreuse and yellow with sparkles of pink and blue.


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