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Reflections on RHS Chelsea 2014
What a good product our Wow!Grass! is for showing off a show garden or trade stand to best effect. The vivid colours of the Nong Nooch Thailand stand (Gold medal) were wonderfully offset by a sea of luminescent green along each side. The seductive topiary on the Topiary Arts stand (Silver Gilt) was enhanced by the lush, dense green of the Wow!Grass following the shapes, curves and angles like a seamless green sea.
When you saw the huge strip of Wow!Grass! on the edge of the Daily Telegraph Garden (Gold), the benefit of turf with little or no joins really hits you , by comparison with other gardens where ordinary turf looked tired by day two, with all the seams visible. This was a wonderful relaxing garden, and one of the reasons I think it was so appealing was the large expanse of lawn – something sadly missing from Chelsea in recent years. Perhaps this is the renaissance of grass as the ultimate feature to chill out on.
Newcomer to Chelsea trade stands was Andy Gage’s The Firepit Company. A young entrepreneur with a great product was attracting lots of interest from visitors and media alike. Andy did admit that the Lindum Wildflower Turf around the base of the fire pits not only enhanced the product, but also went some way to satisfying the RHS requirement for a colourful and living feel to the stand.
Green Roofs were certainly a Lindum Chelsea success this year. The Sedum & Herb mat on Adam Frost’s Homebase garden must have contributed to his well deserved Gold. Colourful, varied and attracting plenty of pollinators, it was everything that a biodiverse green roof should be. David Goodall’s Distinctive Gardens stand displaying mighty garden pots had a small pavilion with a Lindum Sedum roof. It looked a picture with the range of varieties clearly visible, and was itself attracting a lot of enquiries.
The breathtaking design of Ishihara Kazuyuki’s Paradise on Earth Garden (Gold) was drawing consistent crowds. Here was sedum being displayed to its maximum advantage with mosses and other wonderful Japanese foliage. The rather austere roof of Fiona Jackson’s Pollyfields stand displaying a stunning array of lavender products, was transformed by a highly visible sedum roof, amply demonstrating that a green roof can have many benefits.
Seamless areas of dense green grass, abundant wildflowers and multi-functional green roofs on a whole range of gardens and trade stands was something the Lindum Team could be proud of.