This year’s Chelsea Flower Show is tipped to be the ‘Year of the Woman’ as more female designers than ever are taking on the challenge of showcasing their design skills at the world’s most prestigious horticultural event. Only 3 individual women have won the coveted ‘Best in Show’ accolade since 1984, and as recently as 2015 Chelsea faced criticism for being too male-dominated, as reported in the Daily Mail on 6 May 2018 in the run up to the show.
The story features the record 13 women designers who are competing for medals this year, which is certainly a step forward. The Daily Mail quotes Aralia’s Patricia Fox, a previous Chelsea medal winner, who has long been a critic of the male-dominated state of the industry, saying: ‘Sponsors all want to win a gold medal and that can lead to a closed shop of mainly male designers who have won one in the past.’
The evenly balanced female and male team of designers at Aralia wish all of the RHS Chelsea participants the best of luck with their show garden builds.