In front of a full house, the enthusiasm of our speaker Martin Walker both for his love of horticulture and his county of birth, Yorkshire, shone through during a fascinating talk on ” Building a Garden for Chelsea”. Starting back in 1972 as an apprentice with Leeds City Council Parks department , he later became specifically interested in garden design. This led in the later 1990’s to his initial involvement in designing a garden for the Chelsea Show. His talk, accompanied by excellent slides, covered the period between 1997 and 2011 during which he was involved in the design, presentation and building of several gardens mostly with a Yorkshire theme.
In the year leading up to Chelsea, the timetable of events from initial conception through design stages, sponsorship, acquiring materials and building the final show piece was expertly covered. The ultimate aim is to receive a gold standard and Martin’s success story covered his progress through bronze and silvers to eventually gaining the coveted award, not once but on two consecutive years. The only City Council ever to achieve the highest honour. All their gardens have been relocated and are on show in Leeds.
At our next meeting on April 4th, Chris Freeman’s talk in entitled ” Jungle Look- Costa Rica / New York”.