Centenary Garden

Centenary Garden

Welwyn Garden City Centenary Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Our ambition was to have a show garden on Main Avenue at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 to celebrate the Centenary of the town and its founder Sir Ebenezer Howard, and to put the town in the media spotlight.

The brilliant design was the winner of a competition held by the team under the auspices of the Society of Garden Designers, and was the result of forensic research by the designer into the history of Welwyn Garden City.

It is based on Ebenezer’s daily train journey into London, from which he spotted the land he thought suitable for his second Garden City.

With the community very much at the forefront of her mind, the garden was designed to be returned to the town centre to be a place of enjoyment for all and a lasting legacy of the man who dreamed of ‘the marriage of town and country’.

The garden design has passed the critical scrutiny of the RHS’s selection panel and been allocated a place for 2020.

To the great sadness and despair of the volunteers who have worked so hard to realise this ambition, our main sponsor pulled out of the project at the last minute. In spite of determined efforts by the team, another sponsor couldn’t be found in the time available.

The community led project has been generously supported by local businesses who had agreed to donate goods to the Chelsea garden, for which we offer huge thanks.

Our energies are now focussed on creation of a Centenary Garden in the town centre, as an inspiring and uplifting social gathering space for residents, shoppers and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

Meet the Centenary Garden Team

Ann Aldridge - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Ann Aldridge

Photo of Caroline Baynes, Board Member

Caroline Baynes

Angela Eserin - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Angela Eserin

Trina Golland - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Trina Golland

Jan North - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Jan North

Caroline Roberts - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Caroline Roberts

Fiona Robinson - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Fiona Robinson


The Foundation can accept no responsibility for the organisation or regulation of any satellite events arranged to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City. This includes but is not limited to public liability insurance, health and safety issues (including risk assessments, Performance Licenses and safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults), transport, hiring of facilities, and any costs associated. The use of the Foundation name and logo does not infer any specific oversight or involvement of the Foundation unless stated.”