Finalists for 2020 show garden
Final judging is underway in a competition for the chance to design a show garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show in 2020, to celebrate the centenary of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
The competition is a highlight of Welwyn’s year-long centenary celebrations. The brief asked designers to create a show garden exploring the enduring legacy of the garden city movement. Welwyn and its fellow garden city Letchworth (also in Hertfordshire) were conceived by victorian philanthropist Sir Ebenezer Howard as a utopian alternative to the squalor of inner cities at the time. The low-density housing and open green spaces of these garden cities remain benchmarks for sustainable urban planning to this day.
The four design teams in the shortlist are Heather Appleton; Emma Mazzullo and Libby Russell; Richard Riddell; and Stuart Towner and Bethany Williams. The winning design will be announced next month.