James Basson's 2017 garden

Crocus at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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

James Basson

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

We were thrilled to work with James Basson on the Best in Show garden this year; this marked the 9th time in 12 years we have won the prize for Best in Show. It was also a real honour to win the award for the best constructor this year - the first time the Best in Show, best constructor and gold medal were awarded to the same garden.

James Basson has always made gardens which celebrate plants in their wild state and this year his focus fell 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 recreated one of these quarries to showcase 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.

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

  • Gold medal winner
  • Best in show

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