World-renowned horticulturalist and Bromeliad expert, Don Billington, wins another Gold Medal.

The prestigious award is for his collection of plants from the glasshouses at Walton Hall and Gardens.

The plants are on display at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, illustrating how bromeliads grow in a natural setting.

Don alongside Carol Klein and Jim Buttress, top judge at Chelsea

The display illustrates how Bromeliads, as typically slow-growing plants, take between one and three years to mature into flowering plants.

In 2019, Don moved his collections to the restored and refurbished glasshouses at Walton Hall and Gardens. The work in the glasshouses is part of the estate’s partnership with Myerscough College.

Don’s display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Fresh from his win at Chelsea, Don said:

“I’m absolutely delighted with the tenth gold medal – it’s quite a milestone to make! This year having the display of bromeliads on show to the public at Walton means everyone can enjoy the plants.”

Don Billington

Working in partnership with Walton and Walton Lea Partnership, Myerscough College offers courses in foundation learning, animal studies, and horticulture and landscape from the dedicated learning environment at Walton.

“It’s fantastic news that Don has once again been recognised for his hard work at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It’s an incredible achievement to get 10 gold medals in a row at one of the world’s most prestigious flower shows.

“Don’s Bromeliad collection is on display in the glasshouses at Walton. I would encourage you to visit and experience these award-winning plants for yourself!”

Cllr Tony Higgins, cabinet member for leisure and community at Warrington Borough Council.

To find out more about the horticulturalist courses at Walton, visit Myerscough College’s website.