|The champagne’s been fizzing at the Chelsea Flower Show in London – the traditional start of the English summer social season. The green and white garden created there for Laurent-Perrier won the top award for the best in the show, as well as a gold medal.
Designer Tom Stuart-Smith described it as a “contemplative space, with lots of things going on which you don’t get at first sight”. His previous projects have included a Golden Jubilee garden for the Queen at Windsor Castle. The win was appropriate – champagne is always a favourite with visitors to the five-day event. Laurent-Perrier ultra brut was on the menu at the Loch Fyne Seafood and Champagne bar and caterers were expecting to sell at least 5,000 bottles. Sponsors were also expecting to give away as many more again, entertaining clients. Let’s hope the popping corks didn’t frighten off the local birds!
— Sandra Westbrooke