3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today click here

Simon Gudgeon wins Five Star Trade Stand Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

PUBLISHED: 14:54 25 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:54 25 May 2016

Simon Gudgeon's stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Simon Gudgeon's stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016


Dorset based sculptor, Simon Gudgeon, has once again received a Five Star Trade Stand Award from the Royal Horticultural Society at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The stand features ten monumental sculptures from Simon, integrated into a planting scheme by his wife Monique.

Sited in the much sought after Main Avenue amongst gardens created by some of the world’s top designers, Simon’s stand MA433 features his newest work, Celeste, a life sized ballerina fabricated entirely from nearly 1000 bronze leaves, inspired by Ksenia Ovsyanick, an English National principal ballerina dancer.

On Monday, Ksenia unveiled the sculpture dancing en pointe around the stand. Celebrities such as Dame Judi Dench, Alan Titchmarsh, Piers Morgan and David Walliams all admired Simon’s creations as did the show’s judges awarding him the highest accolade for a trade stand, the Five Star Trade Stand Award.

Dame Judi Dench visiting Simon Gudgeon's stand, Monet in backgroundDame Judi Dench visiting Simon Gudgeon's stand, Monet in background

Accompanying his sculpture garden, situated in the Pavillion on his stand, viewable to all visitors is Le Chemin de Halage a Granval, painted in 1883 by Claude Monet, kindly loaded from Gladwell and Patterson, the gallery that represents Simon.

Simon and Monique also own Sculpture by the Lakes, a sculpture park near Dorchester, so those unable to make RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, open until Saturday 28 May can see his monumental sculptures in the gloriously wild setting of Pallington Lakes throughout the year.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dorset visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dorset staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dorset account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Friday, July 27, 2018

Martin Clunes and his family have called West Dorset home for over two decades. Here he shares some of their favourite local places

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

Calling all self-professed Clunatics! Test your knowledge on Doc Martin with our quiz.

Read more
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fanny Charles meets some of the residents and businesses owners who are proud to call Dorset’s newest town the place where they work, live and play

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Donna and Harry Mosley have brought the taste of their world travels to The Paddle in Highcliffe, where brunch and lunch is a deliciously leisurely affair

Read more
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Here we turn the spotlight on some of our county’s most successful and discover what makes them tick

Read more
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Human rights lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith has brought the plight of detainees at Guantanomo Bay into the art rooms of local schools

Read more
Friday, March 2, 2018

Rural communities throughout the UK could be eligible to receive funding via the Calor Rural Community Fund from energy provider Calor

Read more
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

His extraordinary physique made Chang Woo Gow famous, but this well educated family man sought escape from the limelight in Boscombe

Read more
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Retired drama teacher turned film director and producer, Rosita Clarke tells us about the ghostly Dorset love story that has just won her an award at an international film festival

Read more
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

We’ve been lucky enough to speak to some of Dorset’s best known over the years. Here’s what they love most about this beautiful county

Read more
Monday, January 29, 2018

A world-renowned explorer, a palaeontologist and futurist, and a butterfly conservator reveal the importance of the past for the future of mankind

Read more
Monday, January 15, 2018

AFC Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe tells Andy Greeves how having a virtually vegan diet has helped to keep him at the top of his game and why beetroot helps him run faster

Read more
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Would you decorate your home with human bones and old medical instruments? Plenty do, according to one Dorset couple, which piqued Faith Eckersall’s morbid curiosity

Read more
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The world loves a panto dame. There is nothing more life affirming, ridiculous or, frankly, quintessentially British. And Lee Redmond – Queen Thelma at Weymouth Pavilion’s Sleeping Beauty this Christmas 2017 – is a master of this great, daft art

Read more

Local People

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fanny Charles meets some of the residents and businesses owners who are proud to call Dorset’s newest town the place where they work, live and play

Read full story »