HTA members lauded at Chelsea Flower Show

This year has been hailed by the RHS as its most sustainable event yet.

Members of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), as well as the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), are celebrating success as they showcase their exceptional talent with innovative garden design, landscaping and displays this week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024. This year has been hailed by the RHS as its most sustainable event yet, with all show gardens having gone through an environmental audit to reduce their environmental impact.

Over 20 of the prestigious medals were awarded to HTA and APL members, including the 2024 Plant of the Year Prunus ‘Starlight’, an ornamental cherry blossom tree with unique white star star-shaped flowers, which was supplied by member Frank P Matthews. Nine London primary schools were invited to the show to award the first ever RHS Children’s Choice Award, which was presented to the Octavia Hill Garden, a partnership of HTA member Blue Diamond with the National Trust, designed by Ann-Marie Powell with the Blue Diamond team.

‘A fantastic testament’
Fran Barnes, chief executive of the HTA said: "All APL and HTA members who built gardens at the show were awarded medals this year, which is a fantastic testament to their high calibre work. We’re extremely proud to see so many HTA and APL members highlight their exceptional talents with show-stopping gardens, blooming displays and dedication to environmental sustainability at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024. They really do reinforce the positive effect plants and gardening have on our wellbeing.”

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