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Chelsea Gold Medal Team

Chelsea Flower Show Millenium 'GOLD MEDAL' - team contributor and winner!

Chelsea Gold 2000

Mike Sibbald designed and installed all the controls for the spectacular water features (Fluid Engineering). The garden was built in conjunction with James Elliott, designer, creator, restorer.

Water, water, everywhere - that seemed to be the main theme of the Chelsea Show Gardens in 2000. The best garden in show award went to the Gardens Illustrated's 'Evolution' Garden, which combined aspects of both traditional and modern.  There were 'clouds' of box edging the garden, and manicured squares each containing a stainless steel fountain with water jets directed from one stainless steel bowl to the next, which were reminiscent of a parterre. These drew the viewers’ eye to a central marble fountain, behind which was a vibrant red panel. Ribbons of deep red and magenta flowers ran along each side of the garden.

The planting designed by Piet Oudolf, the Dutch nurseryman and designer and Anne Maynard a British designer, neither had designed a show garden before.  Oudolf and Maynard featured rich, dark tones from astrantias, salvias and acteas.

Many of the gardens used water features, for their reflective qualities (which seem to enlarge what is a relatively small space) and for the calming effect of a sheet of still water in and otherwise cramped garden site and, perhaps also, a busy design. This trend continued a theme from 1999 where cooling, still sheets of water were widely used.

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