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Sailing - 22. May 2008.

BRITISH SAILING TEAM GET GARDEN OF HONOUR



First ever Chelsea garden to be inspired by a sporting team

Britain¹s national sailing team, Skandia Team GBR, has inspired a gold medal
winning garden designer to create a Chelsea Flower Show garden in their
honour.

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r-l)Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark at the Chelsea Flower Show.


Hillier, which has won 62 consecutive gold medals at Chelsea, is launching a
OSail for Gold¹ garden, designed to celebrate the achievements of Britain¹s
most successful sporting team. Created by Andrew McIndoe, Hillier¹s deputy
managing director and Chelsea garden designer, hopes are high that this
garden will gain him his 18th consecutive gold at the world famous garden
showcase.

Skandia Team GBR¹s sailors compete in the Olympic and Paralympic sailing
classes and top the world in terms of medals. Sailing is also tipped to be
Britain¹s best hope for Olympic success this year, with the sailors bringing
home more medals for the country than any other sport for the past two
Games.



The garden uses salt-washed timber, stone, glass, water and sails with
grasses and coastal plants planted in drifts and waves. Features include
circular paving in tones of gold, silver and bronze inspired by sailing and
Chelsea medals. Movement and sound are introduced into the garden with water
cascading down a spectacular glass sail sculpture. Skandia Team GBR¹s
patriotic colours will also be incorporated into the garden, with the use of
red floribunda roses, frothy white spiraeas and blue ceanothus, against a
backdrop of brightly painted beach huts.

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Bryony Shaw.


Andrew McIndoe, who travelled to Portugal in 2007 to see Skandia Team GBR
competing at the World Championships in Cascais, commented: ³The great
advantage of designing a garden inspired by a world outside horticulture is
that there is nothing to copy: you have a blank canvas.²

Iain Percy, who won Olympic gold in 2000 and who competes in the Star class,
the oldest class in Olympic competition, commented: ³It¹s an honour for
Skandia Team GBR to be associated with Hillier, one of the most renowned
gardens competing at the Chelsea Flower Show. One of the well-known secrets
to our sailing success in Britain is the fact that we have a really tight
team behind the scenes, supporting each and every one of us in our quest for
medals at the Games. I know that Hillier have a lot of people behind the
scenes working month in and month out to ensure the garden performs on the
day, looking great when it¹s opened at Chelsea, much the same as we do for
our top regattas. I¹m looking forward to seeing the garden in its full
glory!²

Before the sailors who have been selected to represent Britain at the
forthcoming Olympic games leave for China, they will attend the RHS Chelsea
Flower Show Press Day on Monday 19th May, and be available for interview
following a photocall at 1030 at the OSail for Gold¹ Garden located at
GPD14, the Monument site in the Great Pavilion.

For further information on the Hillier OSail for Gold¹ exhibit and hi-res
images of the garden, please visit www.hillier.co.uk or contact
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