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Chelsea Flower show: Co Down man uses peas process to scoop gold

Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Cherub HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Silent Pool Gin garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Urban Flow garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Pearlfisher garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Skin Deep garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Wedgwood garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Seedlip Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Lemon Tree Trust garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The M&G garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Myeloma UK garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The VTB Capital Garden - Spirit of Cornwall at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The New West End garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The LG Eco City Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Wuhan Water Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The David Harber and Savills Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A large flower shaped floral display outside a shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A woman takes photos of a floral display outside a clothing shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A large Volkswagen logo shaped floral display outside a shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A heart shaped floral display in a shop window during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Heart shaped floral display in a jewellery shop window during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Flowers amongst a large floral display outside a shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) is presented with a Chinese silk scarf depicting two whales after she looked at the Chinese show garden at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

A Co Down landscaper who built a gold medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show says he's thrilled by the success.

Aaron Jamison from Crossgar started his own business Lawn & Border six years ago.

The Seedlip Garden, designed by Catherine MacDonald and celebrating the humble pea, won the 'Space to Grow' category at the show.

"I'd previously built a design for Catherine at the Chelsea Flower Show back in 2016 and was asked back again," said the 24-year-old.

Starting on May 4, Aaron and his team worked up until last Sunday, doing 15-hour shifts to complete their intricate work.

On bringing home the gold, the Greenmount College graduate said: "It's a real privilege because it's the highest accolade you can get in the agricultural world to say you were part of that team. I can't believe it.

"It was celebrating the garden pea, so the whole garden featured a lot of green circles with pea plants everywhere, including on the roof of the metal 'peavilion' as well."

He added that concentrating on every detail of the design put the team out in front.

"I think it just hit every mark the judges were looking for, so you can't go wrong with that," he said.

"We did everything to the highest standard. Catherine's design had things like pea plants in the grilles between the path and crushed green granite between paving slabs, which all added to the effect. I started my company when I was 18, so this isn't bad going.

"It's a great thing to tell clients, but at the moment I think it still impresses people a bit more in England than Northern Ireland."

Dr MacDonald, who has a PhD in genetics, told the Daily Telegraph there was more to peas than meets the eye.

She said: "We're championing three pea pioneers from three centuries: geneticist Gregor Mendel, who crossed more than 28,000 pea plants in the 19th century; Dr Calvin Lamborn, who bred the first sugar snap and passed away in August last year, and finally Seedlip's Ben Branson, who's taking the pea forward by distilling it into his non-alcoholic spirits."

The 'peavilion' was constructed by welding green aluminium tubing together.

"When I first saw the metalwork it made me feel a little bit emotional. It exceeded my expectations," she added.

From left: Will Gadd, Aaron Jamison, Dr Catherine MacDonald and Simon Ginger
From left: Will Gadd, Aaron Jamison, Dr Catherine MacDonald and Simon Ginger
The garden built by Aaron and his team for the Chelsea Flower Show
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Cherub HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Silent Pool Gin garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Urban Flow garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Pearlfisher garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Skin Deep garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Wedgwood garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Seedlip Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Lemon Tree Trust garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The M&G garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Myeloma UK garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The VTB Capital Garden - Spirit of Cornwall at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The New West End garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The LG Eco City Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Wuhan Water Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The David Harber and Savills Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors at the David Austin Roses display during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 22, 2018. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A large flower shaped floral display outside a shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A woman takes photos of a floral display outside a clothing shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A large Volkswagen logo shaped floral display outside a shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A heart shaped floral display in a shop window during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Heart shaped floral display in a jewellery shop window during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Flowers amongst a large floral display outside a shop during the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show on May 21, 2018 in London, England. This year is the 13th Chelsea in Bloom and the theme is 'Summer of Love', inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 1960's/70's cultural revolution. The floral show is also a competition that is entered by various Chelsea retailers, restaurants and hotels with entries being judged by an expert panel. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) is presented with a Chinese silk scarf depicting two whales after she looked at the Chinese show garden at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale stand as she visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 21, 2018. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public on May 22. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images

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