‘The Art of Viking’ garden, sponsored by Viking and designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, managing director of Viking Cruises UK, who worked closely with Paul on the design of the garden, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved yet another gold medal-winning garden. Viking strives for excellence in everything we do and we know how close gardening is to the heart of all our guests so this recognition means a lot to us. 

As well as water we chose art as the main theme of the design this year as it weaves together two aspects of Viking’s heritage – a sense of discovery through travel and art, and an appreciation for nature which is deeply ingrained in Scandinavian culture.”

It is Paul and Viking’s third gold at the flower show since joining forces in 2017. This year, which marks the cruise line’s seventh year at the show, is the first time Viking has sponsored a garden in the Space to Grow category.

Designed by garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, the garden was inspired by the textures, plants and colour palettes from the extensive collection of original artwork on board ocean ship Viking Orion.

Among the art serving as inspiration were works from Norwegian impressionist Jakob Weidemann and ceramist Anette Krogstad.

Paul Hervey-Brookes and Wendy Atkin-Smith in the Art of Viking gardenPaul Hervey-Brookes and Viking’s managing director Wendy Atkin-Smith

A multi-layered wetland habitat, ‘The Art of Viking’ garden is reminiscent of a water meadow, with multi-stem river birches and winding streams interspersed with traditional Scandinavian plants, including Salix, Angelica and Symphytum.

The centrepiece of the garden is a series of unique sculptures created by Paul especially for Viking. They reflect the sense of curiosity and discovery shared by Viking’s guests as well as the fact that travel, quite literally, broadens travellers’ horizons.

Paul Hervey-Brookes, adds: “I am very proud to have won another gold medal for Viking.  Viking’s immersive cultural experiences and elegant ships – not to mention their attention to detail – provided a wealth of inspiration for this year’s garden design and I’m delighted that the judges have recognised how art and horticulture are a natural fit. 

“I am fascinated by the idea that travel broadens the horizons of the mind and I hope everybody feels inspired and motivated to explore the world after visiting our garden.”

Many celebrities have dropped by ‘The Art of Viking’ garden including Viking Godmother Mary Berry, Dame Judi Dench, David Walliams, Kirstie Allsopp, Richard E. Grant and Alan Titchmarsh.

The Art of Viking garden is open to visitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 21 to 25 May 2019 on plot RHW/285.

For further information on a Viking cruise, visit vikingcruises.co.uk.