HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Hwang Jihae for winning the RHS President’s Award – an ward which in the past has always been given to a display in the main pavilion. The attention to detail and the meticulous planting caught the eye of President Elizabeth Banks, who in her time has herself won five Chelsea Gold Medals. Congratulations also to Dan Flynn of GardenLink who made sure the garden happened. An amazing achievement for the whole team.
Hwang had no idea that the award was coming her way. Her team received a call on Friday morning (24 May) to tell them that she should be at her garden at 12:30, but they weren’t told why. Then, at 12:30 the RHS President showed up with the BBC cameras and gave the award.
Later that day, TV presenter Carol Klein visited the DMZ Forbidden Garden, and found the experience so moving that she was in tears.