Tom's Woodland Garden Wins; Perennially Beautiful: The Laurent- Perrier Garden Designed by Tom Stuart- Smith Won the Top Prize of Best in Show at Chelsea Today. It Features - Year-Old Hornbeams and Random Planting Criss-Crossed by Brick Paths
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TOM STUART-SMITH is the hot designer of the moment, the oddsfavourite towin at Chelsea Flower Showand today he was honoured with the "best in show" award.
Stuart-Smith, who designed the Laurent-Perrier Garden, beat rivals includingDiarmuid Gavin, Andy Sturgeon and Arabella Lennox-Boyd, who was making along-awaited return to Chelsea after an absence of eight years.
Designed as a "contemplative place with a dreamy and slightly surrealcharacter", the garden features 30-yearold hornbeams overlooking a seeminglyrandom pattern of planting crisscrossed with paths of Flemish brick.
Lady Lennox-Boyd's Daily Telegraph garden won a gold medalher sixthwhile golds also went to Sturgeon's garden for Cancer Research UK and CleveWest, who designed a "stimulating but safe" garden for dementia patients forBupa.
One of the most popular winners was George Harrison's widow Olivia, whosegarden in memory of her husbandFrom Life To Life, designed with Yvonne Innes won a silver-gilt medal.
The garden tells the tale of the late Beatle's life in four stages.
Silver-gilt also went to the Daylesford Organic Summer Solstice garden, one ofseveral reflecting the popularity of the grow-your-own movement. …