23 January 2012 By Billy Hawkins
Snowdrops light up the grassy banks, the days start to become a little longer and our heads are already full of competing ideas for Chelsea 2012.
After nearly fifty years of coming to Chelsea there is still a buzz around Alitex at this time of year as we pull together and aim for another trophy. Our fiftieth anniversary next year is sure to be a real high point for all of us. We try to create a fresh and exciting look to what has become a familiar stand on Main Avenue (MA09) and it is for this reason that this May we will be showcasing a mono-pitch lean-to. As to which colour we are plumping for, the jury is still out; we have lots of persuasive and experienced people here who know their plants, plus the Alitex aluminium greenhouse and conservatory product and they’ve presented at Chelsea many times over the decades!
The mono-pitch will be set in a flourishing vegetable garden, inside the greenhouse brought to life by Susan Stuart, the garden project manager at Thrive, a small national charity which uses gardening to change lives. Susan gardens in the Alitex greenhouse at the Thrive Battersea Herb Garden and we are delighted to have their involvement.
No Alitex stand would be complete without our very popular National Trust Greenhouse collection and for 2012 we will be showcasing the beautiful Scotney Greenhouse. Staying with the home produce theme, this aluminium greenhouse will be nestled into a smaller urban or cottage sized garden, complete with vegetables and cottage-style plantings. We are pleased that plantings will be provided by Giles Palmer and his team from Chartwell, National Trust. It is a visually softer image, with pastel hues and tones with a self sustaining message that we are leaning towards for Chelsea 2012.
Nelly Hall of Alitex will be overseeing the entire project with its’ two related but separate sections, and pulling all the creative ideas together. Nelly faces quite a challenge, not least because there have been so many past success’s at Alitex.
“It will be quite a challenge this year,” says Nelly, “but I’m impressed by the creative ideas coming forward at Alitex – it’s been a great start to 2012 and it is so uplifting and exciting being involved with Chelsea. Of course we are really pleased that Susan (from Thrive) and Giles (National Trust) have joined our merry group; it makes it all the more fun for everyone!”
If you would like to catch up with the Alitex Team come and visit us on Main Avenue MA09.