It seems like only yesterday that the gates opened at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
This year saw 9 full artic wagons head down from our head office near York to London with a mixture of products ranging from plug planted long grasses and wildflower walls to manicured lawns.
We are always excited on the Monday and Tuesday of the show as the gardens and trade stands are revealed to the public. The judges make their comments and decisions on Monday (Press Day) and the awards are given to the exhibitors as well as the designers on the Tuesday.
Once again we have had the pleasure of being involved with some amazing show gardens.
1. The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden designed and built by Mark Gregory and his team from Landform Consultants
2019 celebrated Mark Gregory’s 99th show garden. There was no doubt in our minds that Mark’s 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire garden would wow the world & that it definitely did… again! Creating a garden that was inspired by the county’s proud history of industry, manufacturing and innovation, as well as its stunning natural environment was something that had Mark’s name all over it! The garden received a Gold medal and People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row!
Lindum’s Long Grasses and buttercups were used again this year to give that true rustic Yorkshire feel that we see throughout our landscapes. The grasses even made it to the lock gates along with other plants giving it such an authentic feel.
2. The Savills & David Harber Garden designed by Andrew Duff & built by Gardenlink
We first had contact from Andrew towards the end of 2018 and attended the press preview at Savills HQ in January. Lindum’s Long Grasses and buttercups were grown for this garden. Andrew’s main aim was for people to stand still and allow this garden to open up to them. The effect this garden had was unreal, you couldn’t help but stand there, take it in and feel relaxed. It really was a lovely get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the show. The tall trees, gentle grasses and planting gave beautiful reflections on the water. The judges decided on a Bronze medal.
3. Green Switch designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara and built by his design laboratory team
Mr Ishihara always blows us away. His attention to detail is second to none. This Japanese garden represents the space we inhabit when we switch off from the stresses of urban life and enjoy the freedom we experience when we spend time in nature. Ishihara is a fan of Lindum Sedum Mat. This was used on the roof of the two storey structure and on the walls inside and outside the garden. Of course, it was another Gold medal to add to his collection.
4. Family Monsters Garden designed by Alistair Bayford and built by the idverde team
The garden celebrated 150 years of Family Action that supports families across the country, and idverde’s 100 years of creating and maintaining landscapes for the benefit of local communities around the UK. Understandably this garden received a Gold Medal and Best Artisan Garden of 2019. WowGrass was used to give the garden its seamless finish.
5. The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls in Africa Space to Grow designed by Jilayne Rickards and built by Conway Landscapes
Jilayne first came to us with the idea of an African walkway. This isn’t something we have done before but we was sure with our product knowledge that we could create something spectacular. Roger Moore our Contracts Manager headed down to meet Jilayne and Cormac Conway to discuss the products that could be used to give the desired effect. We settled on long icon grasses which give off an African grass vibe. We nurtured them so that they were Chelsea ready! On site the sand was brushed in and walked on to make the edges really rugged and used. Rightly so, the garden was awarded a gold medal and Space to Grow People’s Choice Award.
Moving onto the trade stands, we had our debut this year. You can read all about this in our last blog here http://turf.co.uk/rhs-chelsea-flower-show-the-road-to-a-4-star-trade-stand/
Trade stands at Chelsea are out of this world and some of the products that are showcased take our breath away.
James Doran-Webb’s always has some amazing ideas when it comes to showing off his driftwood sculptures. This year, we grew various different plug plants for him and placed them into Lindum’s Long Grasses. The grasses went up the walls and on the ground creating such a spectacular seamless visual. Lindum Wildflower turf was used on the ground at the base of some of the sculptures creating more visual interest. Even the resident fox took a shine to them! Our guys set to and installed the materials during the last week of build up alongside James’ amazing team. Rightly so, the stand was awarded 5 stars.
We are so lucky to work with so many suppliers to the industry at such a prestigious show.
Below are more pictures of some 5 star exhibitors that used our products.
Left to right:
Matt Maddocks Sculptures used WowGrass.
John O’Connor Sculptor used a mixture of WowGrass & Long Grasses with a touch of Wildflower down the back wall.
Willie Wildlife Sculptures all the way from Australia used WowGrass as the base for his very cute and cuddly sculptures.
We are already receiving enquiries for Chelsea 2020! We are excited to find out what we will be involved with next year!