Bicester firm comes up roses with Chelsea award

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An exhibit planned by Bicester’s Applied Landscape Design has been awarded the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s second-highest accolade.

The exhibit, based on a coast redwood forest, won a silver gilt award in the RHS Environment (Flora) category.

Kym Jones, managing director of the Bignell Park-based firm, said: “At the start of my career I was very fortunate to be able to study over in the USA on the Garden Club of America scholarship programme.

“Many years later, when the opportunity arose for my company to participate at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in partnership with this wonderful organisation – during their centenary year – it has been a real honour.

“To go on to win the award during our first-ever show attendance is testament to the hard work we have all put in.”

As part of their centenary celebrations, the Garden Club of America worked with Applied Landscape Design to create an exhibit with a theme of ‘A Lasting Legacy’.

Judges said it was a creative exhibit which successfully merged the redwood graphics with naturalistic planting.

The Garden Club of America (GCA) is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation of 200 member clubs, with 18,000 members.

Sarah Carey from the GCA said: “Visitors seem very interested in the GCA, the Interchange Fellowship and facts about redwoods and their habitat – we have accomplished what we set out to do and we are thrilled with the medal.”

It has been a successful twelve months for Applied Landscape Design, as during the summer of 2012 they proudly watched their designs for residential courtyards and gardens, and living roofs of the London Olympic Athlete’s Village become a reality.