The Medal-winning Garden with Irish Connections at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

TINA WARNER-KEOGH, niece of Irish designer Lainey Keogh, partnered with garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to create a relaxed space for socialising at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show …

Helen Elks-Smith

Today the Warner’s Distillery Garden, situated on the prestigious Main Avenue at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, won a Silver Gilt medal for their Show Garden. Designed by Helen Elks-Smith, the garden features a sheltered courtyard inspired by Falls Farm in Northamptonshire – which is the home of Warner’s Gin Distillery.

 

Elements of gin production inspired some of the planting, while artist Wendy Newhofer created glass panels featuring a blue tint created from copper reacting with the glass – inspired by the distillation process that takes place at the farm.

 

 

Tina Warner-Keogh explained more about the planting: “At Warner’s, we are custodians of the land and rely on the generosity of nature in cultivating and distilling our farm-grown gins. Helen nods to this with the garden design, including key features such as the “falling” water representing our natural springs with the movement of water through the chimney and copper fins representing our distillation process. Planting such as elderflower and thyme are key farm-grown botanicals that we’re very proud to say are self-sufficient from our fields. She has truly succeeded in bringing a little taste of Falls Farm to Chelsea.”

Monty Don

The garden has proved popular with celebrities such as Chris Evans, Monty Don and Phillip Schofield who popped in to sample some gin on the terrace. However, the most welcome and unexpected visitor was HM The Queen yesterday.

Tina Warner-Keogh

Warner’s is one of the UK’s fastest growing premium gin companies led by a woman, thanks to Tina’s leadership. She is originally from North County Dublin and her career has spanned financial consulting to private equity funds. She returned to Dublin in 2012 to help build Keogh’s Crisps – transforming her family’s 200 year-old potato farm into a thriving global business.

 

It was in 2015 that Tina became involved full time as an investor and director of Warner’s, alongside her husband Tom, and the brand has had an ongoing partnership with the RHS since launching Honeybee Gin in 2017 – donating a portion of the profits from sales towards RHS initiatives. Every bottle of Honeybee Gin includes a packet of wildflower seeds to encourage people to plant their own bee-friendly botanicals and support Warner’s commitment to helping the bee population.

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For more RHS Chelsea news don’t miss Glossy Gardens this Sunday …

Penny McCormick

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