A selection of News, Magazine articles and Interviews on Roger and his team, including coverage at the Chelsea Flower Show, successes at RHS Shows and Industry Trends. For all press enquiries please click here.
“I suspect the Chelsea crowd – the keenest, most self-effacing, easiest people I have ever had the good fortune to be squished with – agree, which is why Roger Platts’ Garden Open was such a crowd-pleaser and crowd-squeezer.
“But the really stunning garden was the one created by Roger Platts… We were waiting for Roger with the TV cameras… His reaction when he opened it [the envelope] and found he’d won Best In Show was a picture.
“Roger Platts’ breathtaking celebration of 75 years of the Nationals Gardens Scheme, was wholly embraced by the public and TV viewers alike.”
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THE SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Chelsea Flower Show 2010: meet the designers’
We take a look at the leading Show Garden Designers at the World’s greatest Garden Design Event – The Chelsea Flower Show.
BBC Radio Kent
‘Roger Platts at Chelsea 2013, Great Comp Spring Fling and Medway Master Gardeners’
‘Kent RHS Chelsea gold medal winner Roger Platts is judging the show this year’
RHS Chelsea gold medal winner Roger Platts is putting his gardening boot on the other foot to become a judge for RHS Chelsea 2014. The Kent gardener grabbed gold by wowing the RHS Chelsea judges with his M & G Centenary show garden in 2013. This year, the discerning plantsman will put aside his lucky spade and instead don his favourite Panama hat to join the judging team at all major 2014 RHS shows, including Chelsea.
‘Double gold for Kent Chelsea Flower Show gardeners!’
Roger lives on site at his nursery so he had seen his plants developing every day and selected the very best from a choice of 5,000 specimens. Nothing was left to chance at his Celebration of Traditional garden – which was filled with roses, delphinium and lavender. The quintessentially English, romantic scheme defied five months’ hard graft of bringing the plants through the long, cold winter.
‘Kent designer wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show 2010!
A show garden at Chelsea is always a challenge, a good challenge, an exciting challenge but it’s a particular challenge this year because of the timing,” said Roger. “Normally I would expect to have some plants prepared for the show a good growing season ahead. When asked if the gold medal made all the work worth it, Roger said, “It was worth it a couple of days ago when I stood back and looked at the garden. In fact, it was worth it during the whole of the built up. It was a fabulous time, we thoroughly enjoyed it so really just the icing on the top was the gold medal.”
‘Gardening past and present: How garden design has changed in the past 100 years’
As the Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centenary in 2013, award-winning designer Roger Platts looks at the changes in gardening – and discovers how much has remained the same
‘M&G Investments appoints Roger Platts to create 2010 Show Garden at RHS Chelsea!
Eight years since his last show garden, one of UK gardeners’ favourite designers returns to London’s premier event. “We want a garden that visitors will really love – a design that is quintessentially British yet containing one or two surprising features. Roger will use mostly locally-grown plants and locally-sourced materials to create a garden of the highest quality,” said Jacqui Haskins, Marketing Director of M&G. “Given Roger’s reputation for delivering excellence, both at show gardens and in his own plant nursery, we are confident that he will rise to the challenge to deliver a world-class spectacle in just five months.”
‘Chelsea Flower Show 2013: the highlights and medal winners’
Charged with designing the ultimate centenary garden for Chelsea Flower Show’s sponsors M&G what else could the country’s fêted plantsman Roger Platts do but take us for a saunter through 100 years of British gardens? For anyone who wants to steal planting ideas, this is the template.
‘Leydens, beautiful garden of Roger Platts, head judge of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards’
Private garden of our Kent Life Garden Competition’s Head Judge; celebrated garden designer, nursery owner and author Roger Platts. Wonderful layered planting in shady and open areas, with textural perennial planting that peaks in late summer. Ideas abound for late-summer perennial border combinations and masterful foliage use. Adjoining the garden is a wildflower meadow with mown paths.
‘My space: Roger Platts, horticulturalist’
Horticulturalist Roger Platts reveals the glasshouse in his nursery where his Chelsea plants grew.
‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates 100 years!
The big crowd pleaser and our personal favourite was the M&G Centenary Gardens ‘Windows through Time’ by Roger Platts, which draws on old and new garden features. A walk through the garden is like a journey through time, starting with a contemporary bronze sculpture through to shrubs popular in the 1900s. A rare chance to see how British garden design has evolved over the decades!
‘Sevenoaks, Hadlow and Edenbridge triumph at Chelsea Flower Show’
Roger Platts garden designer from Edenbridge at Chelsea Flower Show 2013 in the M&G Centenary Garden “Windows Through Time”
‘Tour of Roger Platts’ garden, a Gold Medal Winner Winner at this year’s Chelsea.’
James Alexander-Sinclair takes us on a tour of Roger Platts’ garden, a Gold Medal Winner at this year’s Chelsea. Roger describes this as “A traditional themed garden, very much the sort of garden that I think people can identify and understand. It is quintessentially a British garden full of plants.”
‘Border lines: thoughts on Chelsea’
I suspect the Chelsea crowd – the keenest, most self-effacing, easiest people I have ever had the good fortune to be squished with – agree, which is why Roger Platts’ Garden Open was such a crowd-pleaser and crowd-squeezer.
‘Prince Harry surprise visit to Chelsea Flower Show’
Easy to talk to: Designer Roger Platts said he was delighted to give Harry a tour of the M&G Centenary garden
‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 2010: Roger Platts Returning to Chelsea’
Roger Platts reveals why it took him 8 years to return to Chelsea.
‘Growing your own gives Chelsea Flower Show edge’
While the judges are mulling over their decisions at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, some very obvious show garden winners have already emerged – those who have grown and nutured their own plants. A case in point is Edenbridge garden designer Roger Platts who has been so immersed in his planting scheme that it has added an extra dimension to his Celebration of the Traditional garden.
‘Growing for gold at Chelsea Flower Show’
A Kent man has been chosen to design the main sponsor’s show garden at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
‘Former Chelsea winner Roger Platts to help RHS school gardening campaign’
‘Roger Platts: A Passion For Plants’
‘Winner at Chelsea is both witty and pretty’
A garden celebrating the English country gardening tradition won the coveted Best Garden in Show award at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday, the judges plumping for wit and expertise before audacity. “Garden Open”, designed by Roger Platts, recreates a typical example of the 3,500 gardens opened every year as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
‘The Big Question: What is the Chelsea Flower Show, and how did it become so important?’
Which are the best gardens to see? Everyone will have their own view of the gardens which are designed for different spaces such as show, urban and courtyard. Among the most talked about this year are 13-gold medal winning Jekka McVicar’s herb garden: the Power of Plants, which includes stinging nettles and dandelions, both of which have medicinal uses and Roger Platts’ astounding floral display, the Plantman’s Palette.