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Best in Show Chelsea 2013

The Best in Show Award for the 100th Chelsea Flower Show went to Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming's. Designed by Phil Johnson (above with The Sun's Val and Steve Bradley) and built by Wes Fleming's team, the garden aimed to showcase the the possibility of sustainable landscaping within an urban setting. The striking garden featured an impressive selection of Australian plants including lush ferns and bottle trees contrasted against a futuristic studio building, designed by Giovanni Veronesi (below, left) and Dylan Brady from Studio 505, which echoed the shape of a flower. The structure was designed with the royal visit in mind. When a person of 5'2" (HM the Queen's height) stands in the centre none of the fins are visible.

A scale model of the structure which was made using digital 3D printing.

A favorite of visitors and TV crews alike, the garden has gained much attention throughout the week with many people remarking that they were looking at plants that they had only ever seen in pictures or on television. This year will be the final year that Wes Fleming will attend the Chelsea Flower Show as an exhibitor. Having spent over a million pounds during the past 8 years he has decided to step back, making this year's spectacular result even more poignant. The Sun's Steve Bradley with Wes Fleming (middle) and Australian gardening TV personality Graham Ross (right). On the final day of the show, much to the delight of the cheering crowd, designer Phil Johnson celebrated the success he and his team had enjoyed over the past week by diving in to the billabong. We were assured it was rather cold. To see more of the gardens at Chelsea Click Here

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This story was published on: 27/05/2013

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