Crowds gathered in the sunshine at Tong Garden Centre as TV and radio gardening expert and award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer, Matthew Wilson opened the new plant department.
Wilson, the former curator of RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate, opened the refurbished outdoor plant area and revealed the inspiration for the Welcome to Yorkshire garden, ‘God’s Own County – A Garden For Yorkshire’ that he has designed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
Tong Garden Centre’s Marketing Manager, Jo Dales was delighted to welcome the respected writer, broadcaster and lecturer to Tong: “We’re a garden centre first and foremost so it was a tremendous privilege that Matthew opened our new plant department and gave guests an insight into the plans for Chelsea. We are all very proud to be involved with Matthew and Welcome to Yorkshire by providing plants for their show garden that is inspired by the East Window at York Minster.”
Over the coming months, Tong will share the three principle themes in the Welcome to Yorkshire garden, inspiring customers to recreate the look in their own gardens.
Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.