Thorp Perrow welcomes Yorkshire's Chelsea Flower Show Hero

Written by: Elmtree Press

Matthew Wilson, award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden designer will make a public guest appearance at Thorp Perrow Arboretum to discuss his ‘Chelsea Journey’.

The Welcome to Yorkshire garden, designed by Matthew Wilson, ‘God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire’ was voted by the public as the ‘BBC People’s Choice’ garden and awarded a silver medal by the RHS Chelsea judges. Faith Douglas, Curator at Thorp Perrow, assisted with the garden’s construction alongside a team of veterans from the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Catterick.

The garden was inspired by the great East Window at York Minster- the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain and showcased the wealth of stunning scenery, iconic heritage, deep-rooted industries and skilled tradespeople that Yorkshire has to offer.

Fresh from his Chelsea success, Matthew Wilson will make a guest appearance at Thorp Perrow on Friday 30th September, hosting talks entitled ‘My Chelsea Journey’ and leading a tour of the Arboretum.

Matthew Wilson said

“I've been visiting Thorp Perrow for years, so when it came to making my 2016 Chelsea Flower Show Garden, 'God’s Own County-A Garden for Yorkshire' I was thrilled to be able to work with Thorp Perrow’s curator Faith Douglas and the Help for Heroes team that she supports. The garden was a real hit at the show and won the BBC 'People's Choice' award.  I'm really looking forward to being able to talk about the design and development of the garden in the wonderful setting of Thorp Perrow

Image credit Welcome to Yorkshire


Faith Douglas, Curator at Thorp Perrow said:

“Matthew’s work is an inspiration for me and having shared part of his Chelsea journey, I look forward to hearing the story of the garden.”


To book a place on the afternoon talk and tour of the Arboretum with afternoon tea, or evening talk with drinks and canapes, call 01677 425323 or email