Yeo Valley organic garden wildlife pond

Yeo Valley at Chelsea Flower Show

Monday 25th November 2019

We’ve got some very exciting news for 2020… its our first ever show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

yeo valley organic garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

We’re working with award-winning garden designer, Tom Massey, with advice and guidance from The Soil Association, on our Main Avenue garden which will feature a diverse range of habitats and a rich tapestry of flowering plants, designed to encourage wildlife and support pollinators.

Speaking about the design and his collaboration with Yeo Valley, Tom says:

“It’s a privilege to be working with the Yeo Valley team, who have been practicing organic farming gardening and for 25 years now. I have learnt a huge amount from them and the Soil Association in the process of designing a show garden founded on organic principles. I have seen first-hand at the Yeo Valley farm and garden how growing organically can positively impact the environment. Where possible the plants for the garden will be grown organically, a big challenge for a main avenue Chelsea show garden. As with organic dairy farming, this means no chemical pesticides or fertilisers will be used and the compost the plants are grown in will be peat-free and organically certified. All the pots we use will be compostable, as opposed to plastic. With this garden we want to inspire show visitors to understand  organic principles and the benefits of organic living.”

Sustainability is at the heart of this garden, from its sympathetic design and responsible build on site, to its careful removal and reuse at the farm after the show. The carbon used to create the garden will be offset at Yeo Valley’s farm by locking carbon into biochar and burying it in the farmland. A grassland rich in trifolium (clover) will represent the species-rich grass that Yeo Valley British Friesian cows graze on.

The Yeo Valley Organic Garden will encourage show visitors to consider organic practices and to put nature first. Creating an organic garden for Chelsea is a ‘dream come true’ for Yeo Valley farm owner and keen gardener Sarah Mead, who says:

“We’ve been quietly growing and farming organically for 25 years now and we know it has huge benefits for the environment, particularly in supporting pollinators and wildlife. I’ve been visiting the Chelsea Flower Show for most of my adult life and have longed to bring a slice of our Somerset valley to the show for years. We’re certainly not in the business of telling people how to live, but we are excited to be bringing our organic credentials and experience to the world’s greatest flower show, and are ready to start shouting a bit louder about the benefits of growing and buying organic.”

We’ll be updating you on this throughout the build up to next May, so keep an eye on our website and social media to stay in the know.

You can find out more about Tom Massey, our endlessly talented designer, on his website – www.tommassey.co.uk

 

Comments on “Yeo Valley at Chelsea Flower Show”

  • How lovely it looks – wish I was going! Good luck with all the growing ORGANICALLY. More gardeners should try it.

    Carol Lawrence on 27th November 2019 at 9:27 am

  • Congratulations

    Enid on 27th November 2019 at 9:22 am

  • Fantastic news!
    Good luck with all the hard work you have to put in with this. I shall look forward to visiting the show in May 2020.

    Sara on 27th November 2019 at 7:23 am

  • To me, seeds are complex organic computers, with extraordinary programmes, RAM and ROM. Power, ie: volts and amps depends upon their receiving appropriate fertilizer and water, determining their health, strength and development. Just a thought!

    David Rex-Taylor on 26th November 2019 at 11:43 pm

  • I am wholeheartedly in support of what you are doing and would love to hear more. You embrace my values and aims, and I want these to be showcased at an otherwise fairly “poncy” show like Chelsea. Go for it!

    Cherry Ekins on 26th November 2019 at 11:27 pm

  • This is very exciting for you, looking forward to seeing updates. With best wishes, Sue Reeves

    Sue on 26th November 2019 at 9:57 pm

  • Looks good … best of luck

    Margaret on 26th November 2019 at 9:18 pm

  • It is one of my wishes – to attend the Chelsea Flower Show. This garden is an added incentive. V excited to learn about its progress.

    Lorna on 26th November 2019 at 7:48 pm

  • It sounds like a proper country garden, full of everything you’d hope to find, but so rarely do. Look forward to seeing the results from Chelsea .. go for Gold!

    Julie on 26th November 2019 at 6:03 pm

  • Well done how exciting. Look forward to hearing more. Good Luck

    myra arthur on 26th November 2019 at 5:53 pm

  • to learn and see in a practical way the benefits of organic gardening

    Helga on 26th November 2019 at 4:39 pm

  • very glad you are part of the Chelsea flower show in May 2020 – so inspiring…

    Helga on 26th November 2019 at 4:28 pm

  • Great idea, looking forward to seeing the garden.

    Phil on 26th November 2019 at 4:25 pm

  • What a brilliant idea. Looking forward to hearing more.

    Vicky

    Vicky on 26th November 2019 at 4:24 pm

  • What a brilliant idea! My husband and I never miss a Chelsea visit and we will be looking forward to seeing you all there. congratulations

    Glynis on 26th November 2019 at 3:56 pm

  • Brilliant news. Well done and Good Luck.

    Anne on 26th November 2019 at 3:53 pm

  • So exciting . Good luck and keep us all posted . Shame you are not allowed to take the cows !!!!!!

    val Rixon on 26th November 2019 at 2:41 pm

  • Good luck at Chelsea.john

    John wickens on 26th November 2019 at 2:32 pm

  • Congratulations!

    Lisbeth on 26th November 2019 at 1:51 pm

  • Sounds great, congratulations! Can’t wait to see it.

    Peggy on 26th November 2019 at 1:39 pm

  • Looking forward to this! Good luck everyone, you are going to be busier than ever Andi!

    caroline way on 26th November 2019 at 1:37 pm

  • I shall look forward to seeing your Chelsea garden next May. Although I try to be as organic as possible in my own garden I am will be so pleased to learn more from you!

    Mary on 26th November 2019 at 1:32 pm

  • Best of luck at Chelsea. I look forward to seeing your garden.

    Jo on 26th November 2019 at 1:31 pm

  • What a wonderful concept. Look forward to seeing it. Good luck in bringing it to fruition.

    Denise Allsopp on 26th November 2019 at 1:20 pm

  • Congratulations – that is amazing. You must be very excited. Chelsea Flower Show week will be extra exciting next year.
    I shall be up to see your garden throughout the year especially the wild flower meadow .

    Carol on 26th November 2019 at 1:03 pm

  • So excited for you, the garden will encourage so many people out there to grow their own produce and wonderful pollinating flowers, a win win situation!
    Going forward with organic growing with vegetables that taste the way they used to and no plastic in sight!

    Madeleine on 26th November 2019 at 12:24 pm

  • Good morning, I hope to see you and your garden at the Chelsea Flower Show next year. I have a wild garden and my daughter sowed her first wildlife patch in her first ever garden this year. It was lovely. My older daughter is treating me to a long weekend in London and has already bought tickets for the show. I am excited already. See you there.

    Irene Stephen on 26th November 2019 at 11:44 am

  • Great news, congratulations. I visit Chelsea every few years and love it. I would go every year but I don’t like crowds so that’s side of it is a bit of a trial. I will be very interested to see how your project progresses and applaud your organic approach. Best wishes.

    Karen Clark on 26th November 2019 at 11:39 am

  • Great news.

    Rosemary Howell on 26th November 2019 at 11:33 am

  • Fabulous idea! I have my tickets already 😀

    Roz Smith on 26th November 2019 at 11:21 am

  • Great News!

    Can one use your tokens to get in to Chelsea Flower Show? Perhaps as a prize?

    Glenn Kirschner

    Glenn Kirschner on 26th November 2019 at 11:19 am

  • I think this is brilliant. I try to grow organic in my tiny garden on Canvey Island. When I moved here nearly 3 years ago the garden was a blank canvas but I’m growing veg, planted apples, raspberries, blueberries and currants & mini hedgerow in front plus a lavender hedge & assorted wild flowers. The lawn is more wildflowers than grass. Give to the Earth and it gives back. 🐝🦋

    Rosamunde Yvette Gibbs on 26th November 2019 at 11:17 am

  • Congratulations. Very well deserved. You have such a lovely, restful garden in Somerset, so pleased that many more people will get a taste of it.

    Doreen on 26th November 2019 at 10:55 am

  • I’ve just bought tickets for the Saturday. See you there.

    Robert on 26th November 2019 at 10:40 am

  • I hope the garden will display practical ideas that the general public can take away with them.
    Good luck
    Becky, Lincolnshire.

    Rebecca on 26th November 2019 at 10:25 am

  • Support organic all the way instead of making hay

    Eric on 26th November 2019 at 9:53 am

  • Sounds exciting, good luck

    Heather on 26th November 2019 at 8:46 am

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