Emma has been thrilled to be part of the Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over the last few years, including the 2018 garden, which won major awards and the 2019 one, during which she collaborated with no less than three different gardeners at the world famous show.
The 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire garden – including Emma’s deer and mice – was designed by Mark Gregory, and inspired by the county’s Dales. It took Gold Medal, Best Construction and the BBC People's Choice Award.
Last year, Mark’s design celebrated the beauty of the county’s canals and the drama of Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage in a garden that included an authentically built canal with flowing water and genuine canal lock gates, a towpath, a lock keeper’s lodge with a colourful garden and vegetable patch, and Emma’s willow tawny owl and family of bronze wire water voles.
In a new collaboration for 2019, Emma made giant apples, looping caterpillars and snails, all in galvanised and colourfully powder-coated wire, for Kate Gould’s glorious and soothing green, white and yellow garden for The Greenfingers Charity Garden. This tranquil space was designed to be a calming, interactive and uplifting space where life-limited children with complex needs, their families, friends and carers could come together for play, relaxation or peaceful reflection.
Emma also contributed to Jardin Blanc, the welcoming hospitality area at the show created by leading chef Raymond Blanc; she made hares (which had featured in Jardin Blanc in previous years), but also a willow cockerel, wolves, pheasants and geese.
Emma is already looking forward to the 2020 show, which takes place from 19 to 23 May, and will mark her fifth year in a row working with M Blanc on Jardin Blanc.
For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show: www.rhs.org.uk