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Behind the scenes diary for The Victorian Aviary Garden at Chelsea Flower Show and The Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010

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The Aviary Builders

Posted by Philippa Pearson on 09 Apr 2010 at 07:07 PM

I've been in Cumbria for two days on a flying visit to see how progress is going with various items for the Victorian Aviary Garden at Chelsea. The aviary itself is being made from scratch by a talented team of Cumbrian craftsmen: the design is influenced by the ornate Victorian aviary at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire (home of the Rothschild's). First sight of our aviary and its the sheer size and imposing grande elegance that takes your breath away, despite that the building isn't finished yet (it's just had a galvanising coat on the metal) and has been erected in a temporary home in a garage next to the the railway line.

 

Bob the blacksmith, Carl the builder (who is coming down to Chelsea to build the traditional Cumbrian stone terrace wall), Richard the carpenter and their team are truly stars in the making and full of enthusiasm for their work. We discussed paint colour, additional embellishment of the two side wings (a bit more ornate detail needed) and style of mouldings to be applied. Oh yes, and how the building will be fixed to the ground on site and size of lorry it will arrive on at the show.

The complete garden will find a permanent home after the show at Newby Bridge Hotel, on the edge of Lake Windermere: it's one of Jonathan's (co-designer and sponsor) hotels.

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Awesome workmanship!!  I can't imagine all of the detailed tasks and work that goes into Chelsea!! It is exciting to see the developments coming along.  

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