RHS Chelsea 2013
We constructed two Show Gardens in 2013!
One for Robert Myers and his client Brewin Dolphin, one of the UK's largest independent private client investment managers and the other for landscape architects Michael Balston and Marie-Louise Agius whose client was Delancey, joint owner of East Village, the first residential legacy to result from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which opened to residents in late summer 2013.
Both garden designs required our creative team to purpose build various artefacts for the show gardens. For the East Village garden, Marie-Louise Agius’ design required a boundary wall which was created with polystyrene blocks. We commenced the cutting of the blocks, in one of our greenhouses, from a specific design drawn by Marie-Louise, cemented them together and painted them, each having a designated colour.
For Robert Myers garden boundary wall we used CNC machined birch plywood panels, sculpted to create a three dimensional pattern, which we pieced together at our facility at Four Elms. Additionally, we built a canopy with timber cladding for Robert and as with both gardens, before we transport up to Chelsea, all the sculptured artefacts are laid out as they would be seen in the show gardens for both designers to see how their designs work in reality.
It is quite amazing how much detail goes into the construction of a show garden. If you are lucky enough to visit Chelsea and enjoy the beautiful displays on show, we wonder how many of you think about how the Gardens all come together. Planning sometimes starts a couple of years away and the design has to be approved by the RHS before the designer can give an instruction to commence off site construction and the sourcing of plants.