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19/05/ 2015

Charlie Albone has taken a Silver-Gilt at the 2015 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show. Judges awarded Australia’s favourite garden guru an award for his intimate and emotive design, ‘The Time in Between’.

Sponsored by GARDENA, the premium watering solutions brand, Charlie’s garden was a representation of the designer’s life, dedicated to his late father.

The only Australian entry this year, ’The Time in Between’ featured more than 80 different plant and tree varieties. The garden also includes a custom water feature measuring four and a half metres wide, and a sand stone fire pit.

Spending more than 18 months designing and planning, Charlie and his team of ten landscapers were given just 19 days to build the garden. The team used GARDENA tools to prune, trim, dig and plant their way to a winning spot.

“Being nominated to showcase at the Chelsea Flower Show is an unbelievable honor in and of itself. The fact that I have achieved a Silver-Gilt is just the cherry on top! This is not just a great milestone for me professionally, but also a very personal achievement. I have always wanted to find the right way to share my life with my father since losing him at 17, and this was the perfect opportunity to do it.”

“A team of brilliant Australian landscapers helped bring my vision to life, and I cannot thank them enough for the long, hard hours they put in over the course of the build. Gardena is a brand that I have always loved to use, so to have them help me fulfill a lifelong professional and personal dream, is something I will always be grateful for.”

Stephen Clark, GM Marketing, Husqvarna Group Australia says sponsoring the garden was an easy decision for the brands.

“There was no chance we were going to miss the opportunity to help one of Australia’s best landscapers take the world stage. The inspiration for Charlie’s garden and his creativity and talent was always a winning formula. We are so proud to be a part of Charlie’s Chelsea journey, and look forward to next phase of our professional relationship.”

Charlie and his team will return to Australia on the 29th of May.

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