Erith mosaic artist helps garden designer win gold at Chelsea Flower Show
PUBLISHED: 16:26 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 23 May 2017
Gary Drostle created a Barcelona-themed mosaic for the Viking Cruises artisan garden
An artisan garden, featuring a mosaic wall designed and build by an Erith artist, has won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show today.
Gary Drostle, who also built the fish statue on an Erith roundabout, was asked by Viking Cruises and garden designer Sarah Eberle, the winners of the 2016 Best Artisan Garden award, to create a Barcelona-inspired wall reflecting the colours, art, and culture of the city.
Mr Drostle, who has been creating mosaics for over 30 years, said: “I was thrilled to learn that the garden received a gold medal. I am particularly honoured as over the weeks of making and the struggle of bringing the garden together in the rain of last week I have come to appreciate just how demanding and exacting the judges at Chelsea are.
“I am very happy that Sarah Eberle showed the confidence in me to allow me to go with my own expertise and design the mosaic elements of the garden, which has been a wonderful project to work on.
“Sarah’s vision for the garden has been inspiring from the outset and I think, just like a mosaic, she has brought the elements of planting, architecture, art, colour and texture together to make a new beautiful whole.”
Ms Eberle is now Chelsea’s most decorated designer with a total of 14 medals at the show - this year she celebrates three years in a row of gold medals.