21 May 2014 By Billy Hawkins
It’s a huge undertaking each year to get our two greenhouses presented in a manner that we hope will inspire you to think about your garden.
We aim to sow ideas (a pun so soon?!) which will lead you to come along to one of our seasonal open mornings, or to book a visit where we can discuss your project. We include electricity into our greenhouses to better illustrate lighting options and variations on heating (which came in very handy last year with the cold weather).
We have been delighted this year to launch a new colour at Chelsea – and the feedback we are getting from you about “Bronze”, has been great. The ever changing skies have created an effect which has altered the look from hour to hour and the internal arrangement acknowledges the feedback that we get from our greenhouse owners that it is a quiet refuge (alongside a great place to grow plants!)
Amongst the many friends old and new that have so far come along to see us at MA10 we have welcomed the granddaughter (in red shirt) of the great Thomas Messenger, famous in Victorian society for his functional yet beautiful greenhouses which housed the huge plant collections of the day. Our wonderful well dressed friends own and manage East Ruston Vicarage Gardens - well worth a visit when in Norfolk.
We have managed to create our own little area of chic café society with very welcome chairs (in a variety of National Trust greenhouse colours) and our timber fence and pergola which we plan to recycle each year. Alice from Thrive (who have supplied many of the interior plants) makes use of the area, as does our own Chris Sawyer with guests.
It has been very interesting to follow people’s feedback on our stand on Twitter. This great image was taken as the sun went down on Sunday evening by a passer-by! Ive also enjoyed twitter comments about the cold frames in front of the Mulberry – I think at this time of year especially, gardeners really appreciate a good cold-frame.
If you are at the show this week do come along and see for yourselves... MA10.