For the first time in a hundred years, the "best in show" garden award at the RHS' Chelsea Flower Show has been picked up by a team from Australia.
The team, called Fleming's Nursery, won the top prize for their ecologically friendly, yet stylish, garden, which features waterfalls cascading down the side of billabong trees to gather in an outdoor swimming pool (possibly a little better suited for Fleming's home climate in Victoria than our own...). Petal shapes representing the waratah flower, a native of Australia, showed a little Aussie pride in the design.
Wes Fleming of Fleming's Nursery said: "I have dreamed of this moment since I was a little boy growing up on the nursery with Mum and Dad regaling tales of the Chelsea flower show. I've been chasing this honour for my whole adult life so to have been awarded not only a coveted gold medal but a best in show at the world's most highly regarded horticultural event is a moment no words can describe. This is the ninth and final garden to ever be presented by Fleming's Nurseries so to go out on such a high is just incredible."