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Rolawn turf, topsoil, bark and soil improver help to bring the medals home at Chelsea

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show featured a host of Show, Fresh and Artisan gardens that utilised Rolawn’s Medallion® turf, Blended Loam topsoil, Landscaping Bark, and Soil Improver – or a mixture of all four. Of these gardens, five were awarded the coveted RHS Gold medal, three were presented with Silver-gilt medals and one was awarded Silver.

In addition to this, four Gold medals and one Silver-gilt medal were awarded in the Grand Pavilion awards to exhibitors specifying Rolawn Medallion turf, along with one Bronze in the Discovery awards.

While the planting and landscaping of the gardens are of course where the eye is drawn, Rolawn’s products quietly play their part to make the gardens into medal winning showstoppers.

In total, over 1,000 sq metres of turf, 15,000 litres of topsoil and 30,000 litres of soil improver have been supplied, which, according to designers, certainly help make a difference when it’s time for the judges’ decision.

Matthew Wilson – Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and MD of Clifton Nurseries – has used Rolawn products in the gardens he designs and at home in his own garden. “A bad lawn in a lovely garden is a bit like walking into a beautiful bedroom and finding the bed unmade. Rolawn’s Medallion turf is everything grass should be - lush, green and beautiful. And crucially, the root system starts busily getting to work as soon as it’s laid, which makes a big difference to any application but especially to a show garden because of the pressure for everything to look at its very best in a very short space of time. Once it’s laid, the quiet background beauty of grass provides a perfect backdrop to what’s going on elsewhere in the garden. In short, the bed has been made.”

High quality topsoil and soil improver are products that stay even more in the background; largely invisible, but making all the difference to the happiness of the plants.

Chris Beardshaw - winner of a Gold medal this year at Chelsea 2015 for his Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities garden - TV presenter and Gardeners’ Question Time panellist knows a thing or two about keeping plants happy … “There are many components to a gold medal winning garden, not least the importance of using a high quality growing medium to plant your prize plants into. Rolawn’s blended loam is a delight to work with when I create my gardens and the plants, which are all genuinely planted, visibly thrive.”

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Photographs - The Cloudy Bay Garden by Harry & David Rich, Bloms Bulbs