The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden by Jonathan Snow won a Silver medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – but judges have revealed it lost points due to wording used in the brief.
The spectacular Show Garden was inspired by the temperate rainforests of South America, featuring lush, temperate rainforest planting, dramatic waterfalls cascading into a pool, and a striking red walkway winding its way throughout the garden.
The judging process is a rigorous one, and the judges score gardens based on a set of key criteria, with the overall points leading to one of four available medals – Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver and Bronze (read more about the judging process here).
RHS Judge, James Alexander-Sinclair, explained to presenter Monty Don on BBC's coverage of RHS Chelsea (21st May), that Jonathan's Trailfinders Garden didn’t quite meet its brief and lost points as a result – and it just goes to show how strict the judging process is.
'Jonathan Snow this year created what is a very spectacular, wonderful garden, crashing waterfalls, nice red bridges, using a lot of Chilean and South American plants,' began James Alexander-Sinclair. 'He said in his brief “this is the recreation of the landscape of that particular part of Chile". It isn’t because basically it is a garden based on that. Had he just changed the wording in his brief very slightly, then we would have looked at it differently.'
'When the designer’s submit the initial plan, they have to state what their intentions are. It’s really crucial the wording on that because it can change everything,' added fellow RHS Judge Juliet Roberts.
As RHS Chelsea came to an end, that it had been a 'rollercoaster' of a week. He said: 'Missing out on a really good medal by one point but overwhelmed by the reaction to the garden from visitors, and recognition from people in my industry who I look up to.'
RHS Chelsea 2019 has now wrapped up for another year, but recap all the gardens and winners below:
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