73 Not Out For Hillier?


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Hillier Go For Gold (Again!)

By Kevin Gover, News Editor

Every May, without fail, we have a blast of colour at home as our peonies bloom – you could almost set your diary to the exact day they appear.

Having followed Hillier and their exploits at the Chelsea Flower Show since 1989, you could say the same on reliability for them too… a Gold is almost a given. Hillier holds the record for the most consecutive Chelsea gold medals and hope the 2018 (22-26 May) show will see it receiving its 73rd.

This year’s exhibit, “Stihl Inspiration” by Hillier will take on a more rustic theme than previously featured, with corten steel throughout, and orange and blue flowering plants will add warmth alongside the traditional feature of Hillier’s mature trees.

Unless you are lucky enough to attend the press show – where you are actively encouraged to walk through the show gardens – you may have been slightly disappointed in only trying to be able to see the gardens from behind a cordon, and with four or five people in front of you.

Sarah Eberle is the lead designer for Hillier for the third year running and is trying to put that right. Keen to boost interaction with the exhibit, she has deliberately created a walkway through the garden that will provide opportunities for greater interaction with all elements of the exhibit: “It often feels such a shame that gardens have to be seen from a far. This year we’ve decided to counter that!

“We’ve opened up the garden to allow people to interact with it and take inspiration for every aspect so they can get up close to the planting, see all the intricacies, and smell the flowers! With a love of countryside, and the inspiration that rustic materials brings, this garden aims to excite and inspire visitors as to the possibilities of their own plot”.

The garden will be broken down into a number of smaller themed sections where visitors can take direct inspiration for their own gardens.

George Hillier is one of the fifth generation of Hillier family members to be involved in the business and is welcoming the sponsorship from garden tool manufacturer STIHL: “Like Hillier, it is a heritage family owned company, and we share the same core values about inspiring gardeners through innovation.”

The garden will also feature a varied selection of the famous Hillier trees, water features and ponds, as well showcasing new and exclusive Hillier plants that will be launched at the show.