YGT Contribute to Stunning Chelsea Show Garden

26th May 2016

For the past few months YGT have been busy making a huge contemporary window for the Chelsea Flower Show. Welcome to Yorkshire have sponsored “God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire” designed by Matthew Wilson, well known for his leading roles at Royal Horticultural Gardens, Hyde Hall & Harlow Carr Gardens and for his regular contributions to BBC radio’s Gardeners Question Time and his Landscape Man series for Channel 4 Television. Matthew’s brief was to represent the county of Yorkshire in a show garden with particular inspiration from York Minster & the Great East Window. From the early planning stages Matthew was very keen to work with the various teams involved in the York Minster Revealed conservation project. YGT were commissioned to make a very large stained glass screen that would be set beside a beautiful timber and stone refuge building, which forms the centerpiece of the garden. YGT conservator Janet Parkin designed the screen and its smaller companion piece to the side of the garden as a contemporary evocation of the Great East Window, using the same colour palette available to the medieval glaziers and traditional leaded glass techniques.

The panels were made by Monika Adamczak with assistance from Tony Cattle; Nick Teed accompanied this small team for the installation beginning on May 16. The wonderful hand made glass was specially provided by Lamberts of Bavaria, with bespoke frames fabricated by J Wedgwood & Sons, York. Matthew has echoed the colours of the glass in his glorious planting scheme, which is set around a series of limestone beds and paving, stepping stones and water rills. Within the refuge there is a stone floor that replicates the paving of the nave of York Minster and a wooden bench designed and crafted by “Mouseman” Thompson of Kilburn.  It is a perfect place to sit and contemplate the garden and take in a view through to an English oak surrounded by woodland planting, and to the illuminated stained glass windows. The completed garden is stunningly beautiful and is a tribute to Matthew’s skill and vision, and also to the many people who have worked so hard to make it happen. We are very proud to have been a part of this very special project. For further information and footage of the garden and Welcome to Yorkshire follow this link.



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