Welwyn Garden City Centenary Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020
The team’s ambition was to deliver 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.
A brilliant design was chosen by an expert judging panel following a competition organised under the auspices of the Society of Garden Designers. The winning design was the result of detailed research into the history of Welwyn Garden City and, with the local community very much in mind, the garden was to be returned to the town centre to be a place of enjoyment for all and a lasting legacy to the man who dreamed of ‘the marriage of town and country’.
The garden design passed the critical scrutiny of the RHS’s selection panel and had been allocated a place at RHS Chelsea for 2020. However, to the great sadness and disappointment of the volunteers who have worked so hard to realise this ambition, our main sponsor has now withdrawn their financial support. In spite of determined efforts by the team, another sponsor could not be found in the limited time available under the RHS’s 2020 timetable.
It remains our intention to deliver a Centenary Garden in the centre of Welwyn Garden City, not only to mark the hundred years since our town’s foundation but also to act as an inspiring and uplifting social gathering space for residents, shoppers and visitors to enjoy for decades to come. Accordingly we are now focusing all our energies on the installation of a new garden specifically designed for our town centre.
From the outset this has always been a community led project, and has been generously supported by national and local businesses who had kindly agreed to donate goods and services to help realise the garden at RHS Chelsea. We very much hope that those businesses and others will be able to continue to give their valued support to the re-focused Centenary Garden project, to deliver a living commemoration of our town and the wider garden city movement inspired by Sir Ebenezer Howard.