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God’s Own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire

A piece of medieval history will be taken to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 after Welcome to Yorkshire unveiled the design for its biggest garden to date.

God’s Own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire Chelsea Flower Show 2016

‘God’s Own County - A Garden for Yorkshire’ is inspired by the huge East Window at York Minster, the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain, currently undergoing a major £20m restoration. This is the window into the garden which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery, iconic heritage, industries and skilled tradespeople. The materials used reflect the Yorkshire landscape and feature stone pillars carved by York Minster’s masons as well as traditional stone and timber gargoyles and monoliths loaned from historic sites across Yorkshire.

God’s Own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “Our presence at the Chelsea Flower Show enables us to showcase Yorkshire to the world and our 2016 entry will be the biggest and best yet. “This will be our seventh year at Chelsea and we’re delighted to be taking a central plot, ensuring even more visitors see our fantastic garden. Here’s hoping we can bring another Gold Medal back to Yorkshire next year!’ The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York said: “The East Window is a masterpiece in stone and glass that has inspired generations. We are delighted that its beauty is to be replicated in a garden that will showcase the spirit of Yorkshire.”

God’s Own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Welcome to Yorkshire is working with Matthew Wilson, former Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate. Matthew is Principle Designer at Clifton Nurseries which has a long association with the Chelsea Flower Show, winning 12 medals including five Gold Medals and two Best Show Garden awards. Matthew Wilson said: “The garden’s design opens a window of opportunity to celebrate the county. With the materials and skills used to create the garden, we will be bringing over 600 years of living history to Chelsea. I’m incredibly excited to begin working on ‘God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire’ and can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to it.”

God’s Own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The garden includes panels of the same mouth blown glass being used in the restoration of York Minster’s East Window, expertly assembled by the York Glaziers Trust. The planting celebrates the diversity of plants in Yorkshire gardens with a series of beds directly inspired by the colours of the stained glass in the East Window.

Feature Trees:

Quercus pubescens



Taxus baccata
Buxus sempervirens
Carpinus betulus


Feature Shrubs:

Viburnum opulus
Styrax japonicus
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'
Viburnum lantana
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Viburnum x burkwoodii



Alchemilla mollis
Dryopteris erythrosora
Euphorbia amygdaloides var robbiae
Dryopteris wallichiana
Osmunda regalis
Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'
Blechnum spicant
Tellima grandiflora
Euphorbia mellifera
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
Alchemilla erythropoda
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Hosta lancifolia
Rodgersia podophylla
Luzula nivea
Hosta 'Halcyon'
Smilacina racemosa
Geranium nodosum
Hosta sieboldiana
Tiarella 'Ninja'
Blechnum penna-marina
Melica uniflora f. albida
Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea'
Dicentra formosa


Stained Glass' Beds:

Convolvulus cneorum
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'
Ruta graveolens 'Jackman's Blue'
Centranthus ruber
Chamaemelum nobile
Erysimum 'Bowles' Mauve'
Meconopsis cambrica
Erigeron karvinskianus
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Anethum graveolens
Thalictrum delavayi
Campanula portenschlagiana
Astrantia major 'Claret'
Stipa arundinacea
Gillenia trifoliata
Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'
Iris 'Sultan's Palace'
Euphorbia Redwing
Ammi majus
Geranium pratense 'Hocus Pocus'
Fragaria vesca
Saxifraga 'Aureopunctata' (x urbium)
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'
Aquilegia viridiflora
Geranium phaeum
Paeonia lactiflora 'White Wings'
Fritillaria persica 'Ivory Bells'
Nectaroscordum siculum
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Erysimum 'Constant Cheer'
Sporobolus heterolepis
Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'
Diascia personata
Iris 'Deep Black'
Orlaya grandiflora
Ornithogalum magnum
Geranium macrorrhizum
Stipa 'Sirocco'
Deschampsia cespitosa
Anthericum liliago
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Garnet Schist'
Heuchera 'Venus'
Smyrnium perfoliatum
Paeonia lactiflora 'Goldilocks'