JW Lees Win Best Show Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

19th July 2018

JW Lees Win Best Show Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Manchester brewer, JW Lees, ‘perfect beer garden’ wins Gold Medal and Best Show Garden at The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

To mark their 190th anniversary, JW Lees worked with Whitefield based, award-winning garden designer Leon Davis, in a bid to win the first gold medal for a pub beer garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.  Their garden design was awarded both a gold medal and the title of Best Show Garden.

Following the show, the garden will be carefully transported to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley, a traditional wayside inn located in the Cheshire countryside, to be permanently incorporated into their landscaped gardens.

Leon was given an open design brief and experimented with modern materials, techniques and plants. The JW Lees ‘from Hop to Glass Garden’ has drawn on inspiration from across the brewing industry, interpreting materials, features and processes in a contemporary style and composition.  Leon had to design differently as unlike most show gardens, this concept was required to last and be sustainable, so that it could live in a permanent home after the show.

Leon Davis, Designer, said: “Gold is what we aimed for, but I am over the moon winning Best Show Garden.  Despite the challenges presented by the hot weather, we manged to create a truly harmonious garden. It’s brilliant that JW Lees planned for this garden to have a long life after the show, that it will become a feature for the public at the Golden Pheasant Plumley, for everyone to enjoy, is something to be really proud of.”

William Lees-Jones, Managing Director at JW Lees, said; “For our 190th birthday we wanted to create something sustainable that we could share with JW Lees customers. We gave Leon on open brief, he has used beer and brewing to inspire a truly memorable garden. The garden can be enjoyed now at Tatton or at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley from mid-August.”

About JW Lees

JW Lees is a sixth-generation family brewery founded in 1828 in Middleton, Manchester, managed by the Lees-Jones family.  JW Lees run some of the North West’s most popular pubs, inns and hotels and own Willoughby’s wines and spirits merchants JW Lees are famous for their award-winning cask ales including JW Lees Bitter, MPA and Vintage Harvest Ale.  The 190th anniversary of JW Lees has been used to rebrand the full range of beers and launch three new beers, Gold (cask) Manchester Craft Lager and JW Lees Stout.

About RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (18 – 22 July 2018):

18 July, RHS members only 10am – 6.30pm

19 – 21 July, RHS members and non-members 10am – 6:30pm

22 July, 10am – 5pm

Venue: Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture.  Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.  We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903.  From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.  At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £13 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people.  We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.  RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call 020 3176 5820, or visit rhs.org.uk/join

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