RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 Press Release
Hillier has extended its incredible world record, winning a 74th consecutive gold medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This maintains the company’s status as the most successful exhibitor in Chelsea history.
The gold medal-winning ‘The Stihl Hillier Garden’ is designed by Lilly Gomm, who makes her Chelsea debut. Lilly is also celebrating winning her first gold medal, having previously been awarded a silver gilt for her garden at Hampton Court in 2018.
The garden blends together contemporary and traditional themes. The central element, alongside the thousands of beautiful plants, is the striking water feature that brings a feeling of calm and elegance to the space and is designed to be easily viewed from all angles. The garden has been sponsored, for a second consecutive year, by world-famous garden tool manufacturer, STIHL.
George Hillier, fifth generation family member and director of property at Hillier, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received yet another gold medal. We get asked if we get complacent about getting gold – if anything it’s the opposite. Each year, nerves and anticipation seem to run higher than ever. Thankfully we have a fantastic team and are incredibly fortunate to be working with our new designer, Lilly. Everyone at Hillier works so hard all year round to make Chelsea happen and this is a truly wonderful recognition of that.”
With over 150 years’ experience growing the finest quality plants, and having exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for over 100 years, Hillier attracts visitors to its exhibit each year who eagerly anticipate the garden design and the new plants unveiled at the show. This year, the Hillier garden features three new plants that have been grown by Hillier Nurseries in the UK. These are Weigela ‘Picobella Rosa’, Isoplexis isabelliana ‘Bella’ and Cordyline ‘Pink Star’.
Speaking following the win, Lilly said: “I am feeling so many emotions since receiving this medal – happiness, shock, relief! I am beyond thrilled that we have been able to carry on the momentum and win a 74th consecutive gold for Hillier. It has reiterated that all our hard work has paid off.”