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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 –


Comments on “Yeo Valley at Chelsea Flower Show”

  • Good luck at Chelsea.john

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

  • Congratulations!

    Anonymous on 26th November 2019 at 1:51 pm

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

    Anonymous 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!

    Anonymous on 26th November 2019 at 1:32 pm

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

    Anonymous 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 .

    Anonymous 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!

    Anonymous 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

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