On Tuesday 24 May 2016, the AkzoNobel Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden won a prestigious award. This garden, part of Farm of the World (a project of European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018) was granted with the second most important accolade by the judges at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Dutch show garden received the Silver-Gilt Award, which is set between gold and silver, in the category Fresh Gardens. The AkzoNobel Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden is entirely dedicated to historic dye crops. These plants are in the spotlight due to their contribution to biodiversity and their capability to produce high quality dyes.
For two days, the judges assessed all gardens in the London exhibition. “For us to win such an important award, that is amazing,” Luiten says. “It is very rare for a foreign contestant to be predicated this honour. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The garden was built by Stefan Jaspers and co-designed by Claudy Jongstra. This was the first time either Jaspers or Jongstra had exhibited at RHS Chelsea. Project manager Luiten: “We’re here for the first time. No-one counted on this outcome. Not even our sponsors AkzoNobel and the Dutch Embassy.”
The showcase in London is the first version of the garden that Jongstra will realize in Leeuwarden in 2018, when the city is European Capital of Culture.