Chicago Tribune 2005

Chelsea’s Best Comes To Chicago

In partnership with Chelsea Flower Show's award-winning designers, Tim Redwood of Redwood Stone in Wells, England, and Andrew McIndoe of Hillier Garden Centres in Romsey, England, John Cullen of Celtic Garden Imports in Ann Arbor, Mich. returns for a third year at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show with a recreation of the Abbot's private garden at the Medieval Glastonbury Abbey.

John Cullen of Celtic Garden Imports will reconstruct the ecclesiastical ruins based on Redwood’s folly design, which features classical medieval English architectural elements such as gothic arches, tracery windows, gargoyles and a baptismal font. Cullen will then landscape the garden with nearly 1,500 plants selected in partnership with Chelsea’s Gold Medal-winning garden designer McIndoe. Intended to capture an understated English melancholy with vegetation indigenous to England's rainy climate, McIndoe's selections are taken from the same extensive plant list Hillier will use in creating their 2003 Chelsea display.

Celtic Garden Imports are period gardeners who use architectural artifacts and materials from Ireland, England and Scotland to capture the splendor of the old country. Redwood Stone are longstanding exhibitors at London's famous Chelsea Flower Show and have won numerous prizes for their ambitious sundries displays. Hillier Nurseries are by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen nurserymen and seedsman and have an unsurpassed record of 56 consecutive Gold Medals for their gardens.