Tropical garden wins gold at Chelsea

The first ever full size tropical garden to be built at the  Chelsea Flower Show was awarded a gold medal this year.

James Wong, best known as the BBC TV presenter of Grow Your Own Drugs, built this incredible Malaysian garden to inspire UK gardeners to step outside their comfort zone.

Growing tropical plants in the UK needs to be linked to sustainability and sourcing with minimal air miles. James explains how he achieved this:

“Sourcing sustainable materials was very important to us, as is the consideration of air miles. Although the garden is Malaysian, we have sourced as much material as possible within a 300 mile radius of the showground at Chelsea – South East UK is nearer to Europe than Cornwall, allowing us to source some plants from Amsterdam.”

Explore tropical planting and design ideas  – take a look at these fabulous UK gardens.

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