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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

Day seven on site at Chelsea

Posted by Philippa Pearson on 13 May 2010 at 09:29 AM

 

Frenetic, heart-stopping, challenging and exhilarating: this just about sums up my first Chelsea garden so far! Work has been cracking on at a pace, obstacles have (hopefully) been overcome in a creative methodology, deliveries are coming left, right and centre and the dust and noise is constant (it's playing havoc with my hair...). The aviary arrived on Tuesday from it's long journey down from Kendal and now sits like a palatial outpost on a throne, surveying all those that pass before it. Carl came down from Cumbria on Monday and built a gorgeous Lakeland stone wall: the craftsmanship is so breathtaking that I've fallen in love with this tactile expanse of sheer delight and I'm considering chaining myself to the wall as I can't bear to be parted from it.

Today, the pebble mosaic arrives to have it's sections fitted into position so that by Friday afternoon, an exquisite peacock will be gazing regally in front of the vibrant aviary. You want to see colour at Chelsea? No problem, we have it, by the spadeful!

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