This year the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show features a piece of Yorkshire. God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire has been designed to showcase Yorkshire’s stunning vistas, epochal heritage, well established industries and skilled tradespeople.
The garden, sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, was designed by the well-respected garden designer, Matthew Wilson who took inspiration from the Great East Window at York Minster. Its impressive size – around the size of a tennis court – makes the Great East Window the single largest expanse of medievel stained glass in England. Matthew Wilson’s garden features a 5 x 3 metre stained glass window made using the same methods that master glazier, John Thornton, used back in 1405. Despite its ancient inspiration, the garden mixes the old and new, with state of the art technology used in the construction of the garden buildings alongside the 600 years of living history from the York glaziers and stonemasons.
The planting on the upper level celebrates the woodland gardens in the county, while the central perennial planting is inspired by, and designed to echo, the stained glass at the Minster.
About Matthew Wilson
Matthew Wilson is a garden designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer. His particular areas of horticultural interest include environmentally sensitive gardening, wildlife and landscapes.