Prestigious Award for Lady Cholmondeley
On Friday 1st May Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley was presented with an award by the Professional Gardener's Guild. The 'Garden Owners Award' was presented by Lord Ashbrook, president of the PGG, to Lord David Cholmondeley, who accepted the award on behalf of his mother. A beautiful engraved rose bowl was presented, along with certificate, and a new Magnolia 'Leda' which will now take pride of place amongst our fine collection.
This is a new award category initiated by the PGG to acknowledge the life's work of garden owners, who have made a huge contribution not only to their own gardens but also to gardens and gardeners in general. Lady Cholmondeley is the very first recipient of this new award which in itself is a great honour, and is well deserved as her energy and dedication to the garden over the past 65 years has been exceptional. Not only has she extensively developed the gardens, creating many features herself, but has been a great champion for gardens and gardeners in the region and nationwide.
Sam Youd, Chairman of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction, comments: “We are absolutely delighted that at long last Lady Cholmondeley has been recognised for her contribution to horticulture. Not only for her plantsperson skills, but also for her dedication and support for gardens and gardeners.”
Below from right to left; Lord David Cholmondeley, Lord Ashbrook, Barry Grain (Head Gardener at Cholmondeley Castle), Sam Youd (Chairman of Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction).