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Gardener scoops 10th Chelsea gold
Medwyn Williams
Medwyn Williams won the president's award at the 2004 show
A north Wales gardener has scooped his 10th gold medal in a row at the Chelsea flower show.

Medwyn Williams, a retired council official from Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, won the best vegetable stand exhibit.

His expertise at vegetable-growing is well-known in Wales and throughout the gardening community.

He has said this year will be his last appearance at the Chelsea competition. Last year, he won the president's award for the best exhibit in the show.

Mr Williams said his display was "20ft long, 9ft tall and 7ft wide, with something like 100 different baskets of various vegetables on it, and 45 different vegetables in it".

And the gold medal was not a matter of beating other entries, he insisted.

The thing people must realise about vegetables once you harvest, they are effectively dead - I am effectively now a mortician looking after dead bodies on the display
Medwyn Williams

"You achieve a standard, you don't come first, second or third," he said.

"Equally, I would like to say my vegetables are quite edible, they are a joy to eat because they have been grown with a lot of TLC and are bigger than normal."

Mr Williams works with his wife Gwenda, whom he calls "a perfectionist".

"We argue a lot about what we put up. On Sunday I had to go for a long walk, as she was moving baskets, getting the colours right.

"But it is that kind of perfectionism which wins the gold medals."

He said that making the vegetables looking good was the hardest part of the show.

"The thing people must realise about vegetables once you harvest, they are effectively dead - I am effectively now a mortician looking after dead bodies on the display, trying to make them look as if they are alive.

"Thankfully, the weather here is terrible here - it is cold, very cold and the vegetables are the only things enjoying it."

As for retirement, Mr Williams said he was looking forward to it, as it was getting hard to keep meeting the standards he had initially set.

"It is a big chunk of my life for the last 10 years, and I shall miss that big chunk, but it has been becoming more stressful as the years have gone on."


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