Below are a handful of testimonials and media-related comments about Roger’s successes at The Chelsea Flower Show
Roger Platts’ breathtaking celebration of 75 years of the Nationals Gardens Scheme, was wholly embraced by the public and TV viewers alike.”
Charged with designing the ultimate centenary garden for Chelsea Flower Show’s sponsors M&G what else could the country’s fêted plantsman Roger Platts do but take us for a saunter through 100 years of British gardens? For anyone who wants to steal planting ideas, this is the template. Shadeloving plants include ferns, foxgloves, acers and irises; grasses and wildflowers reflect the current style for looser, more natural planting, and more than 40 different roses indicate that some flowers will never go out of fashion.
As I chatted with potential clients and watched them looking at the photographs (surely a book-worthy display of the contemporary mood?), what occurred to me was how much they still prefer the pretty, romantic locations and their plant associations. This observation is backed up by the public preference for a traditional garden – at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show, for example, the People’s Choice award went to Roger Platts for The M&G Garden – a romantic riot of plants with little modern sculpture and even less stainless steel.
Platts is a Chelsea perennial, back after eight years’ absence, whose traditional recipe is often a crowd-pleaser: this is likely to be voted “the people’s choice” in the RHS’s poll.”
Roger Platts is now in the final stages of creating his entry for this year’s show – in fact, by the time you read this, he may be either sunk in gloom or celebrating yet another triumph. Sticking our necks out slightly, we’re sure it will be the latter.’
The whole garden is on clay soil and has all of Mr Platts’ hallmarks, including imaginative planting and exquisite colouring. It’s a joy to the eye.’
But the really stunning garden was the one created by Roger Platts. It was a partly restored neglected plot celebrating 75 years of the National Gardens Scheme. The neglected bit was very wild, with a rusty old mower, and the restored bit was very flowery and romantic. We were waiting for Roger with the TV cameras when he arrived early on Tuesday morning before the public were let in, and we had to point out the envelope someone had left propped up for him. His reaction when he opened it and found he’d won Best In Show was a picture. It was great to be there to see that.”
Overall, Roger Platts had all the elements – a very well thought-out design, a very appropriate choice of plants and the right plant associations, things that would actually grow together in a garden. The overall ambience is exceptional. It is a great celebration of the English gardening tradition.”
Roger Platts’ Garden Open was such a crowd-pleaser”
This is wonderful news, beyond our wildest dreams. There could be no more fitting way to celebrate the National Gardens Scheme’s 75th anniversary than with the top honours at Chelsea. Our enormous thanks to Roger Platts for so generously designing and creating this memorable garden for us and we send him many congratulations from us all.”
Roger Platts is a man who deserves to smile. [He is] arguably the best in his field.”