Simon Gudgeon sculpture wins Five Star Trade Stand Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

PUBLISHED: 14:36 23 May 2017

Simon and Monique Gudgeon reveiving their 5 Star Tradestand award

Simon and Monique Gudgeon reveiving their 5 Star Tradestand award


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 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 features his newest work, Firebird, a life sized ballerina made from 1500 bronze leaves, each one individually shaped and welded into place. The sculpture was inspired by working with principal ballerina Ksenia Ovsyanick.

On Monday celebrities such as Dame Joan Collins, Hugh Bonneville, Chris Evans, Piers Morgan, Joanna Lumely, Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole, John Sergeant and Esther Rantzen 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.

Simon’s sculpture garden is spilt into two levels and as well as new pieces including Firebird and Leaf Spirit his stand also includes several further life sized sculptures and a bespoke indoor area to house his smaller table top pieces. This year the planting scheme designed by Monique relies a lot more on colour to highlight the beauty of the patination to be found in Simon’s sculpture. The palette features pastel colours with highlights of dark blues and purples in the sunnier parts of the garden, whilst white provides a linking theme throughout each of the different planting areas. To soften the oak pergola that forms the chief structure of the garden, wisteria, roses and ever green climbers scramble over the frame.

Simon and Monique also own Sculpture by the Lakes, a sculpture park near Dorchester, 26 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside interspersed with Simon’s sculptures. So those unable to make RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, open until Saturday 28 May can see his monumental sculptures in the gloriously wild setting of Pallington Lakes throughout the year.

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