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I’m holding on to this garden and the feelings it evokes - joy, connection, and hope. Never did I imagine our Octavia Hill inspired garden would resonate so deeply with so many. I’m truly grateful for your support and advocacy that reinforces Octavia’s belief from over 130 years ago - that ...gardens are indeed for all.

It’s a dream come true when a garden wins the hearts of those it was designed for - people and children - especially when 1 in 3 of us lack access to nature-rich environments today, particularly the 80% living in cities.

One week after the show opened, I thought I’d share some video I filmed last week so you might see the garden through my eyes.

Although the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is over for another year, our garden is making its journey to its permanent home at @bluediamond.bmshowgardens in Cheshire, where it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Meanwhile, let’s keep the legacy of its message alive until every city offers plentiful green spaces, accessible to all, regardless of one’s address.

Meanwhile, an immense thank you to all our specialists who’ve worked so tirelessly. I’ve no doubt that the garden wouldn’t be all it is without them.

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs

Thank you for watching and being part of this journey. Perhaps this is just our first step together to a greener more equitable future.
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#plantspeopleplace #OctaviaHill #ChelseaFlowerShow #ShowGarden
#RHSChelsea #GardensForAll
#urbangreenspace #NatureForEveryone
#communitygarden #wildlifegarden
#GardenDesign #LandscapeArchitecture
#GardenInspiration #publicgarden
#greenspacesinurbanplaces #AccessibleNature #gardenactivist #naturefix

So proud to celebrate the Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Ann-Marie Powell Gardens, @maryguinness @gemma_summerfield @pennywalker7599 and I have been living and breathing every detail of this garden for the last 18 ...months.

It was incredible to see it come to life at last and to win The People’s Choice Award AND the inaugural Children’s Choice award is the stuff of dreams and truly underlines the essence of who this garden was designed for.

This garden wouldn’t exist without an incredibly dedicated team who have gone above and beyond in delivering it. Thank you thank you thank you to EVERYONE involved - in particular Jake, Jordan and the whole crew @tlc.uk who have worked tirelessly on this garden for the last 21 days (and 12 months!) It has been a joy to work with you all.

And of course all the specialists involved @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @hortus_loci @lincspplants @rymertrees who have helped us create this magical space.

Thank you too to our immensely talented planting team - we would not have survived planting week without you all! @locationlandscapes (Charles Blumlein, Sam Day and your fantastic team), @jojo_loves_gardens_ @azzajoe_marubbi Fei Su, @katarina_garden Polly Barfoot, @smalltowngardening Anna King @makinghomematter Sam Farr & Jim Teague from @bluediamond.homeandgarden and all the fabulous @nationaltrust apprentices and scholars Benjamin Lambert, @beth_juncker @hallie_may03 Molly Rounsevell, @declan.wild Lauren Brown, @ruthcassellgardens Claire Margetts, Ruth and Phil Norris.

And last but certainly not least to the extraordinary legacy of Octavia Hill, without whom today our British landscapes would look very different today. It has been an honour to represent your determination and passion.

Want to know more? There’s an ‘ask me anything’ poll over on stories and I’d LOVE to hear from you - surely you’re not tired of RHS Chelsea yet?!
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@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden

It’s people’s choice day so HAD to say hi on my walk in and maybe ask for one last favour…

Yep, would you vote for us? The link is on stories and under our bio 🧡💜💚
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#plantspeopleplace #mygardenlife #landscapersofinstagram #OctaviaHill ...#wildlifegarden #plantsforpollinators #RHSChelsea2024 #rhschelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow #rhschelseaflowershow #gardendesign #gardensforall #nationaltrust

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs

Voting is OPEN forRHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘People’s Choice Award’ 2024 and we’d love it if you voted for our garden!

Designed with wellbeing, biodiversity, sustainability and accessibility in mind, we’d be THRILLED if you voted for our garden, The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue ...Diamond Garden Centres with the National Trust.

The garden design led by @ann_mariepowell was inspired by the ethos of Octavia Hill, founder of the @nationaltrust who believed that the healthy gift of air, plants and flowers were essential in everyone’s lives.

We would love for you to show your support by casting your vote, the link in our bio and stories.

The vote closes at 19:00 BST on May 23rd 2024, so please don’t delay!

Please help share the message by reposting!

How to vote
Head to the BBC website or google BBC Chelsea people’s choice award.
A direct link is available in our bio or through our stories.

THANK YOU.
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#rhschelsea #rhschelseaflowershow
#chelseaflowershow #urbangardens #instagardeners #gardensforall #octaviahill #peopleschoice #peopleschoiceawards #communitygardens

Just after judging this morning, our garden and I exhaled. Here’s exactly what that sounded like at 9am this morning.

This is a garden born of the passion of one woman, Octavia Hill and her belief that no matter where you live that the beauty of nature was, and is, for all to enjoy.
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I look forward to sharing that same passion, and that of every single person who has contributed to creating this space at Press Day tomorrow and throughout this week. I super look forward to seeing you.

Until then, it’s time for a sleep, before I step into frock mode and champion Octavia and her legacy.

Now. What shall I wear tomorrow?! Hmm, tonight my dreams will be sweet. Xxx
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#plantspeopleplace #mygardenlife #landscapersofinstagram #OctaviaHill #wildlifegarden #plantsforpollinators #RHSChelsea2024 #rhschelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow #rhschelseaflowershow #gardendesign #gardensforall #nationaltrust

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs

One more small bed to plant in the morning and then we’re finished! So welll be on site at 5.30 am tomorrow morning to do just that, then primp and preen ready for assessing at 8.10am

Head down then feet on the floor when the alarm goes off at 4.30am

Couldn’t NOT share a few ...snaps from today before the sand man comes! Swipe left to see.

Meanwhile, good night and sleep tight xxx
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#plantspeopleplace #mygardenlife #landscapersofinstagram #OctaviaHill #wildlifegarden #plantsforpollinators #RHSChelsea2024 #rhschelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow #rhschelseaflowershow #gardendesign #gardensforall #nationaltrust

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs

DAY 18 and my last walk in film! The assessing judges arrive early tomorrow morning for a pre-judge round which means we’ll have to be in even earlier and I don’t think the local residents will be up for me fog-horning their streets before 6am!!!

Judging proper is on Sunday morning at ...8.10 am so I’m going to direct every last drop of energy I have left in me (and more!) into our Octavia Hill garden, just as she did 130 years ago safeguarding our green space so we can revel in today.

I’ll let you know when the people’s choice public vote opens - if you’d vote for us I’d be supremely grateful. Meanwhile, THANK YOU for your company and your uplifting messages, now I’m off to try and make you all proud. 💚💚💚
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#plantspeopleplace #mygardenlife #landscapersofinstagram #OctaviaHill #wildlifegarden #plantsforpollinators #RHSChelsea2024 #rhschelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow #rhschelseaflowershow #gardendesign #gardensforall #nationaltrust

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs

Day 17 means more planting, snagging and trying to NOT feel the fear that the assessing judges will be ON OUR GARDEN the day after tomorrow!

Lots to do, so have a great day and we’ll get on with it!
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#plantspeopleplace #mygardenlife #landscapersofinstagram ...#OctaviaHill #wildlifegarden #plantsforpollinators #RHSChelsea2024 #rhschelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow #rhschelseaflowershow #gardendesign #gardensforall #nationaltrust

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs

In my element playing with colour that I hope wildlife AND people will enjoy. Planting our Octavia Hill inspired garden with so many vibrant friends as passionate as I is an absolute joy.

What a time we’re having together, doing what we love to advocate for better green space that in ...urban environments that benefit EVERYONE, just as Octavia did 130 years ago.

Tomorrow morning so I can get right back to it almost can’t come soon enough!

P.s. Thank you @hortus_loci for this WONDERFUL palette 💜🧡💚
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#plantspeopleplace #mygardenlife #landscapersofinstagram #OctaviaHill #wildlifegarden #plantsforpollinators #RHSChelsea2024 #rhschelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow #rhschelseaflowershow #gardendesign #gardensforall #nationaltrust

@nationaltrust @bluediamond.homeandgarden @bluediamondcentres.prandnews @tlc.uk @kate_hanrahan.carving @richardweavermetalsmith @hortus_loci @lincspplants @ogilvie_design_studio @gardeninternal @locationlandscapes @gilesjollandsarchitect @waterartisans @the_rhs