Garden wins gold at RHS Chelsea

WaterAid's Indian-themed garden wins gold at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

21 May 2013

Congratulations to designers Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour on this year’s gold medal winning garden for WaterAid!

This year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden is inspired by WaterAid's life changing work in India. It is sponsored by international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

A key feature of the garden is a rainwater harvesting 'jar' built by TV presenter Tommy Walsh. The jar collects water in times of high rainfall - saving it for use in times of water scarcity or when flooding has contaminated ground water sources. Rainwater harvesting jars provide a nearby safe source of clean water, freeing up time for women to go to work and children to attend school.

The backdrop of the Artisan garden is a simple house on stilts with a veranda. The surrounding garden is ablaze with colour -  marigolds, roses and hanging garlands - flowers that are grown and sold in the cut-flower industry, a big business in India.

Patricia, said: "We are so excited to have won this gold medal for WaterAid! Every aspect of the garden represents the importance of clean water and WaterAid’s achievements in India.

"The judges said that they could see the message of the garden straightaway when they came to look at the garden. They even said to us that we had ‘nailed it’!!"

Janet added: "A big thank you to Tommy Walsh and the whole team for helping us to achieve such a fantastic result. We hope that everyone who sees it gets as much pleasure from it as we did from designing and building it."

Barbara Frost, WaterAid UK Chief Executive, said: "It’s fantastic news that our garden has won gold at Chelsea. It truly embodies WaterAid’s values and work in India. Patricia and Janet have done a wonderful job of showing how access to safe water can transform lives.”

See pictures of our medal winning garden on our Chelsea Flower Show 2013 website.