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In the winning gardens of Chelsea Flower Show

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A Chinese-backed garden, complete with water lilies, pines and ornamental rhubarb plants, took top prize in this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Designed by Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, the Guangzhou Garden became the first Chinese garden in the show’s 109-year history to be named Best in Show by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Best Show Garden will be postponed on the first day of the event, which is traditionally held in May, for the first time in the event’s history due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioned by the government of Guangzhou, China’s fifth largest city, the winning garden aims to inspire global cities to ‘work in harmony with nature’.

The Guangzhou Garden, designed by Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, became the first Chinese garden in the show’s 109-year history to be named Best in Show by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society

The garden has a wave of green foliage, dotted with frothy perennials, in soft hues of white, blue and yellow and with delicate blue Salvia Uliginosa floating above white and green herbaceous plants and grasses.

Ornamental foliage of rhubarb plants dances above the water while wAter lilies and their dainty pale yellow flowers can be seen in the garden’s central stream, which hides a waterfall and a small planted island.

The winning garden also includes a woodland area to promote cleaner air, a pool of water, and bamboo shelters for people to gather and house wildlife. Dawn redwood, Scots pine, field maple, and birch line the forest edge.

Sedges, euphorbia and fern plants float on the water alongside Rodgersia and Angelica plants that help purify water and air.

The garden has a wave of green foliage, dotted with frothy perennials, in soft hues of white, blue and yellow and has delicate blue Salvia Uliginosa floating above white and green herbaceous plants and grasses

The garden has a wave of green foliage, dotted with frothy perennials, in soft hues of white, blue and yellow and has delicate blue Salvia Uliginosa floating above white and green herbaceous plants and grasses

The garden was created by landscape architects and early design duo Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, who specialize in eco-friendly design and have never before been exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden was created by landscape architects and early design duo Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, who specialize in eco-friendly design and have never before been exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden was created by landscape architects and early design duo Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, who specialize in eco-friendly design and have never exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show before.

Guangzhou wants to “highlight the benefits of responsible urban planning and how planners should work in harmony with nature to better connect people with the natural world. Climate change, the growth of megacities and the possible mass extinction of species require a reappraisal of planning policies. ‘

Founded in 1913, the flower show has grown into one of the world’s largest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from all over the world.

This year’s event has seen unusual fall screenings after being postponed from May, running instead from today until Sunday, September 26 in a special one-off event.

Ornamental foliage of rhubarb plants dances above the water, while water lilies and their dainty pale yellow flowers can be seen in the garden's central stream, which hides a waterfall and a small planted island

Ornamental foliage of rhubarb plants dances above the water, while water lilies and their dainty pale yellow flowers can be seen in the garden’s central stream, which hides a waterfall and a small planted island

The winning garden also includes a woodland area to promote cleaner air, a pool of water, and bamboo shelters for people to gather and house wildlife.  Dawn redwood, Scots pine, field maple and birch line the forest edge

The winning garden also includes a woodland area to promote cleaner air, a pool of water, and bamboo shelters for people to gather and house wildlife. Dawn redwood, Scots pine, field maple and birch line the forest edge

It has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to more than 500 today, including gardens, nurseries, florists, educational displays and trade stands. The show attracts 168,000 visitors.

Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, to which the Queen is patroness, the show traditionally takes place in mid-May.

Her Majesty, who attends the event every year, will skip it this year for the first time since 2005, as she will remain in Balmoral, where she is expected to remain until October.

It’s only the tenth time she’s missed the Flower Show. Instead, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra represented the Royal Family at the event.

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