18 May 2017 By Tash Ellens
Every year when May comes around we begin the busy frenzy to get everything ready for Chelsea Flower Show. We nurture the plants hoping that the buds and fruits will flourish in time, but praying they don't peak too early denying our stand of their vibrant colours. We order the materials; the bricks and stones, measuring twice and three times over... We bring it altogether with the experience and beautiful products from our partners, creating a stand we are proud of and can't wait to share - find us on Main Avenue, stand 334.
This year, we will be exhibiting two structures from our National Trust Greenhouse Collection. The Collection is made up of eight traditionally designed aluminium greenhouses, created and built from our strong, long standing partnership with the National Trust.
We will be showcasing our smallest from the collection, The Hidcote, and the largest, The Ickworth. Comparable only by size and shape, both greenhouses are practical, accessible and low-maintenance, enduring aesthetic qualities or an original heritage structure.
Inside The Ickworth greenhouse you will find a beautiful array of plants, bespoke furniture and an iconic Victorian hanging basket. The basket has been hand-crafted by RaymentWire, it is an absolute replica of an original Victorian Basket. Find out more about RaymentWire joining us at Chelsea here.
We are delighted to be partnering with Stark & Greensmith during Chelsea Flower Show. The company, founded by Mat Webb-Jenkins and Martine Le Gassick create bespoke ornate fencing. The panels we have chosen are their beautiful 'Drift' design in weathered steel to create an atmospheric setting that complements our stand. We interviewed Stark & Greensmith to find out about the company and their plans for joining us at Chelsea, read more here.
Another year in the making, Taylor Tripp have helped us to create a beautiful stand. They have collaborated on the design, got their hands dirty with the landscaping and helped to add the finishing touches.
Pots and Planters
As mentioned above, the centrepiece to the Ickworth greenhouse will be a beautiful handcrafted basket by RaymentWire.
Italian Terrace have supplied us with their beautiful terracotta pots.
John Deacon Builders of our beautiful stand.
Travis Perkins have supplied us with South Downs multi-bricks.
Much admired Jacobean brick pavers inside the Ickworth look like they have been there for decades, and the Hidcote National Trust flags are the perfect alternative to classic antique York flags. All of our beautiful paving is supplied by Westminster Stone.
Bee Bricks and blocks are built into the greenhouse bases; provided the ideal nesting place for the solitary bee. The Bee Bricks and Beepot mini are supplied by Green&Blue.
Inside the Ickworth you will find:
- Gun metal chairs by Tolix
- Bespoke homemade table
- A one-off vintage weathered bench