The John Deere show garden that celebrates one hundred years of tractors has won a Silver Gilt medal at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.
The garden was designed by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax. It features a stunning circle of one hundred golden tractors that rise above bold grasses. The design represents fields of crops and meadow style planting that imitate a rural landscape. The charred oak circular seating and backdrop give the impression of farm buildings scattered throughout the countryside.
Nature looks on as tractors cultivate the fields.
Elspeth Stockwell is a qualified horticulturist and medal-winning garden designer. Artist and sculptor Jo Fairfax develops lighting and sculptural projects and his installations has won numerous awards. Both of the designers reside in the East Midlands, in close proximity to John Deere’s UK & Ireland headquarters at Langar, Nottingham.
This year marks a unique anniversary for John Deere because the company celebrates one hundred years of making and selling tractors. Blacksmith John Deere founded the company that takes his name in 1837, in Illinois, when he invented a new type of plough. It wasn’t until 1918 that the company branched out in into the tractor manufacturing business. What followed was a century of successful tractor building, including the launch in 1963 of the company’s first lawn tractor, the 7hp 110. This drew on the experience and technology of its larger agricultural cousins. John Deere has developed into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural, turf and lawn & garden equipment. Its ethos is firmly rooted in its founder’s core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation.