Although we had been warned that doing a Show Garden was a lot of work we have been amazed at how much we’ve had to do over the last month finalising the finer details of the garden and visiting our generous sponsors and suppliers and there is still so much more to do! Luckily there are three of us to spread the stress and have a good laugh while we’re doing it.
One of the largest jobs has been to finalise the planting plan and order the majority of the plants from The Plant Company in Pulborough, West Sussex who are growing them for us. The grasses will all come from a specialist grass nursery Meadow Gate in Sidlesham, West Sussex, the Yew hedge from Deepdale Trees and we’ve already taken delivery of the roses so they can be pampered into looking their best come July!
The three silver birch trees which Hedgeworx are generously donating have been ordered and we will post photos once they are in leaf and looking a bit more photogenic. We’ve also chosen the finish for our water bowl which is being made by Urbis Design and have spent probably a little too long working on our bench design.
Our first group outing was to The Tactile Studio in North London where Rachel Dein is making the 3 concrete Botanical panels which will “hang” on the yew hedge. The panels are so beautiful and we had a tough time deciding which three to chose. Rachel informs us that our three have been cast and we’re looking forward to seeing pictures of them very soon. Rachel’s panels have just made it to the final of the RHS ‘Garden Product of the Year’ and her work can been seen (and bought!) at her stall at RHS Chelsea this year. She is also one of the speakers at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in April.
It was then on to London Stone’s showroom in Knockholt, Kent to see the sawn York Stone paving and setts that they are generously donating for the stepping stones and patio in the garden. It was a bit of a cold day but that didn’t stop us from having a good look around their great display of all the different stone and finishes that they do.
We also made a quick visit to Jacksons Fencing near Ashford in Kent to check out their Venetian range which, with its’ vertical slats has a contemporary feel to it and which will look great either side of the sections of Yew hedge and Living Wall. We just need to finalise the measurements as the fencing will need to be bespoke to fit our design.
And finally our most recent outing was to Biotecture’s nursery near Chichester, West Sussex to see the living wall panels that they are lending us for the show. The walls are pretty impressive from a construction as well as horticultural perspective and we had a really informative morning looking at all of the different designs and talking plant options for our wall.