30 May 2012 By Billy Hawkins
Obviously winning an award was a great start to the week – it was a pat on the back to the whole Alitex team which had worked so hard through the wet and mud to achieve a stand worthy of Chelsea.
We also had a few laughs along the way, welcoming friends from all over the world onto our Main Avenue stand.
The queen had walked by to start the show and then the crowds descended, sweltering in temperatures which tipped 28C. With tannoy announcements bidding us to wear sun screen, hats and keep hydrated, you can imagine the effect the heat had on the plants.
Some of our favourites were on display, both in the main hall and on the wonderful show stopping gardens that go into making the show such a world spectacular.
Chelsea also has some amazing architectural delights from both David Harber and Gaze Burvill (all just adjacent to us). Thank goodness for our stunning benches from Gaze Burvill – an absolute life-saver for many heat weary visitors. Italian terrace displayed their gorgeous terracotta pots on our stand which housed amazing fox gloves, which just about stayed upright.
With constant watering by the team and nightly deadheading, we hope we managed to keep the stand as pristine as it was on Day 1. We loved some of the thoughtful detail which popped up across Chelsea show gardens, really providing a sense of personality and individuality.
With our sunburned noses we look forward to more opportunities to meet you all in 2012, why not join us at our Open Day on July 14th? Or perhaps we will see you at Hampton Court Flower show 3-8th July when we will be exhibiting our Hidcote from the National Trust greenhouse collection.