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RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 2015

Brothers Harry and David Rich present their 3rd show garden: a unique collaboration with New Zealand winery Cloudy Bay and Vital Earth.

Aged only 27 and 24, brothers Harry and David Rich will be presenting their 3rd show garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Having spent their childhood in the foothills of Brecon Beacons in Wales, the brothers gained an appreciation for their wild and natural surroundings. Encouraged no less by their family, who run Rich Landscapes, they graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Design.

Success has come quickly to the team, who won Best in Show at Cardiff in 2012 with their first RHS show garden. This was followed later that year by a silver gilt medal at BBC Gardeners World Live.

In 2013, the Rich brothers made their first appearance at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Drawing inspiration from their formative years, their extraordinary ‘Un Garreg’ show garden featured a 425 million years old sandstone. Arranged to form decorative boulders and supporting a floating timber bench, they added lengths of dry stone walling as a subtle reference to the Welsh hills. Awarded with a gold medal for their installation, the pair were then invited the following year to create a full scale show garden. Titled ‘Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden’ their show garden was granted a silver gilt medal.

2015’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show sees Rich Landscapes working in collaboration with New Zealand winery, Cloudy Bay. Located on the main avenue, their ‘Cloudy Bay Garden’ aims to unite the experience of wine tasting with garden design. Opting to install an oak panelled and glass shed, this will represent the ‘shack’ used for wine tasting in Cloudy Bay’s vineyards. 

This structure will offer visitors a variety of viewing points and the opportunity to sample Cloudy Bay’s Signature wines, including Sauvingnon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

The Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth will be on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 19th to 23rd May 2015, garden plot MA17.

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