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Shortlands gardener Chelsea Flower Show scoop

Maria Luisa Medina, Chris Beardshaw and Bradstone manager Peter Britton

Maria Luisa Medina, Chris Beardshaw and Bradstone manager Peter Britton

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A budding garden designer is thrilled after winning a top award at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Maria Luisa Medina, from Shortlands, was part of a team which scooped the RHS Silver Gilt medal at the famous horticultural show.

Their entry was part of the urban garden category and aimed to challenge people’s aversion to concrete.

Ms Medina became involved in the project after winning the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship (CBMS), to work with the award-winning garden designer and presenter.

She said: “It was a dream come true to win. People have been saying how much they like the garden. Chris has been an amazing mentor.”

The former laboratory scientist opted for a career change after realising she ‘never saw the sun’.

She added: “Now I am hooked on horticulture. I will be a gardener until I die.”

Gardeners World presenter Mr Beardshaw said: “This unusual collaboration between designers and technical experts resulted in a truly conceptual and cutting-edge design at Chelsea.

“Hopefully the new landscaping concepts on show offered a glimpse of what the future of garden design holds and we hope it inspired visitors to be innovative with their own creations.”

Ms Medina was also sponsored wompany Bradstone throughout her year-long scholarship.

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