Trugmaker’s garden wins Chelsea Gold for Frogheath

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Following their Gold Medal success at Chelsea 2014, Frogheath Landscapes from Burwash Weald have again won Gold for an Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

Like last year Frogheath worked with first-time designers to create the garden (sponsored by Future Climate Info.)

This year’s theme was A Trugmaker’s Garden inspired by the 19th century Sussex trugmaker Thomas Smith. Today trugmaking skills are dying out as cheaper, mass-market ones are produced. This garden aimed to promote the true craftsmanship and quality of those made by Sussex makers.

Frogheath’s involvement began last summer. Discussions with designers Tina Vallis and Serena Fremantle were based on what could be achieved in the timeframe. Every one of the 18 landscapers at Frogheath- from apprentices to senior staff - was involved.

Director Steve Moody explained: “The involvement of the apprentices is invaluable. They learn new skills and, just as importantly, they learn how to do things safely and efficiently.”

Over the winter, the work continued and the basic framework of the building was erected out of oak. The designers left it to Frogheath to research the finer details of how to replicate the chimney and traditional steamer. In early May the building was taken down, catalogued, put into crates and loaded onto a lorry.

Hard landscaping was done in two days and then the planting team got to work and perfected the garden in a day.

When it was taken down at the end of the show, many plants from the garden were replanted at Demelza Children’s Hospice.