Twenty Magnificent Years
Goodwood Revival – 2018 Highlights
Leading figures from the worlds of international art, architecture, design, fashion, music, film and business attended the party to celebrate and raise funds for the Serpentine’s globally acclaimed exhibitions, architecture, education and live programmes, which are free and open to everyone.
Catering was provided by the prestigious Cellar Society; guests drank Margarita’s and Vodka Martini’s and ate Salmon Poke, Beef Tagliata and Beetroot and Blackberries.
At Coco’s Restaurant, a seated dining experience by CHANEL, guests dined on Courgette Flowers, Rare-Roasted Hereford Beef and Roast Cod.
Award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang created a bespoke ice-cream cart from which gelato, including sesame ice-cream with charcoal cookies, was served throughout the night.
Music provided on the night included DJ sets by Mimi Xu, Horsemeat Disco and Black Madonna with a special live performance from Nile Rogers and CHIC featuring guest appearances from British female singer songwriters NAO and Cosha, performed on a stage created by acclaimed set designer Es Devlin, who has previously worked with both the Serpentine Galleries and CHANEL
Immersive experiences included a new interactive installation by Es Devlin, MICROPHONE / MEGAPHONE, that used words donated in real time by guests; Google Pixel 2’s Pixel Portrait an installation designed by TEM that captured guests’ portraits in unique and shareable compositions derived from the colour palette of Christo’s London Mastaba; and Temporary Graffiti, an intervention by the art group RANDOM INTERNATIONAL that invited guests to paint with nothing but light itself to create their own ephemeral works of art.
The Serpentine’s legendary summer fundraiser raises essential funds for the Galleries’ programmes, keeping access to the Serpentine free and open to all, all year round.
The Summer Party is organised by the Serpentine Galleries with support from CHANEL.
The garden showcases a secure and sensory environment offering a tranquil woodland scene filled with soft, textured perennials. It is Morgan Stanley’s fourth year with Chris Beardshaw and has been designed to raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC.
On winning the award, Chris Beardshaw said: “It’s a genuine privilege to be holding the Best in Show Award at RHS Chelsea 2018. 20 years ago when I started designing Show Gardens I looked up to and was really inspired by the designers winning these sorts of awards, I hope what we do inspires people in the same way.”
RHS judge James Alexander-Sinclair said: “It has a very clear and concise message. The plants are of outstanding quality and beautifully put together. The building provides a calm and contemplative space for reflection which contrasts exquisitely with the exuberance of the surrounding planting – it works on every level.”
Gardens among the Gold Medal winners also included The M&G Garden with designer Sarah Price, The Wedgewood Garden by Jo Thompson and The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden designed by Mark Gregory, Managing Director of Landform who also received the Best Construction Award.
Kazuyuki Ishihara’s O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – The Hospitality Garden won Best Artisan Garden meanwhile Best in the all new Space to Grow category was awarded to Urban Flow – in partnership with Thames Water, by debut RHS Chelsea designer Tony Woods. The new category offers original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces.
A total of 55 Gold Medals were awarded to nurseries and growers at the heart of the Show in the Great Pavilion. In addition a total of 35 Silver-Gilt Medals, seven Silver Medals and two Bronze Medals were handed out. The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best exhibit in the Great Pavilion was presented to Southfield Nurseries, who were awarded their 30th Gold Medal for their 30th appearance which also marked their last appearance at the Show before retiring from Chelsea.
The coveted President’s Award was presented to Ashwood Nurseries for their display of Hellebores which are being exhibited out of season for the first time.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded 124 RHS Medals to the gardens and floral exhibits in the Great Pavilion at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by M&G Investments.