Well as usual I haven't had time to write as regularly as I had hoped! If you have been visiting the various shows you will realise why.
Since coming home from Malvern and fitting in all of our private clients, there was simply no time to stop and reflect on the 'Solar Chic' Show Garden! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the RHS Malvern Spring Flower Show and hope to be going back there next year. Things very quickly progressed onto the next few projects, and somewhere in-between I had chance to visit the Chelsea Flower Show. I go every year to Chelsea either to work or simply enjoy the gardens, and this year the atmosphere was fantastic! 2013 brought the 100th Anniversary of Chelsea Flower Show and all the exhibitors were at their best. Sadly there wasn't much time for me to fully absorb the Chelsea Experience as I had to rush home and carry on with my own projects.
The month began with a trip up the the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. We are really working hard in getting everything ready for the New Garden Design Diploma which is due to start in September. I am so excited about the course, and every time I visit the gardens I am inspired by the wonderful surroundings. This is something I know the students on the Diploma Course will benefit from and hopefully give them endless inspiration for their assignments. Whilst up in Edinburgh I also visited Gardening Scotland, which was nice for me look round a show I have not been involved in. It allows you to look at the exhibits properly and take everything in, rather than a 'fly be' look at the gardens and the occasional 'pit stop' in the floral marque to bag a few bargains! (I shouldn't tell porky's on the internet, as I may get found out. So... I should probably admit that they are NOT ''occasional pit stops'' to buy plants, but numerous visits to the growers area!) Anyway, I think that when we take the students to Gardening Scotland at the end of the course, we will be able to showcase some great design ideas!!
Straight from Edinburgh down to Birmingham where we built a 9x9m Show Garden at the NEC, Gardener'sWorld Live 2013. What glorious weather!! We built the garden in the most amazing conditions, lots of glorious sun. We had a couple of timing issues during the build, and ended up a little close to the wire in terms of time, (but that comes with working away from home). It doesn't help that these show gardens tend to swallow plants, and leave us always needing 'just a few more!' Although the last few days resulted in me surviving on roughly 4hrs sleep… we got to the finish line, on time! The garden looked fantastic and the visitor feedback was amazing. Our Silver Medal was well deserved and the show visitors really appreciated the garden, finding it easy to picture it in their own space at home. I have to say a huge thank you to Digby Stone for sponsoring the garden and their beautiful Sandblasted Sandstone Paving which was so popular. You have been perfect customers through out. Also Brentwood Moss Nursery for putting up with my plant demands, Gaze Burvill for their gorgeous pots and furniture and also Gardeners World Building Supplies who provided all the materials that you don't see but can't build the garden without!
This week we have knocked down the garden at Gardeners World Live and re-entered the real world! Back to work on my private projects, with lots of designs, planting plans and a whole garden construction to try and finish before we have to leave for Tatton Park! I have visited the nursery this morning to discuss all the plants we need and make sure we are on track for July. Plus, this afternoon brought on a trip to Arley Hall Garden Fair where I picked up a few bargains, and ended up extending my Tatton Park plant list… because I just can't resist a new variety!
Summer is when us horticulturists don't stop, making the most of the season and trying to visit all the different gardens, shows and still keep on top of our own plot! Try and come to RHS Tatton Park Flower Show as it will be the last one we will be constructing a garden at this season, and it always worth the trip!