Chelsea Flower Show 2018 ‘Urban Flow’ Update

As we near ever closer to the on site build of our RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden ‘Urban Flow’ supported by Thames Water, we have been busy pulling together all of the elements of the garden and making final plans for the project. One of the biggest tasks is preparing to take our 16 strong team team away from our current projects to focus on the work required at the greatest and biggest flower show on earth! We are very grateful to our very accommodating client’s for their patience during the show build! Meanwhile we have also been fitting in visits with our suppliers and crafts people to check on progress and talk logistics. Tony and Nick started with a visit to MKM Creations in Leyland, this talented and dedicated team of metal fabrication experts are no strangers to Chelsea Flower Show and also helped to produce the metal work for our Floating Pocket Park project last year. Mark, Richard and team have been producing the main framework and support systems for our feature pergola structure and rain garden pockets. They have then taken the laser cut corten steel panels supplied by Stark and Greensmith and carefully welded onto the frameworks to create the required structures. The structures are looking great and the pattern designed especially for launch at our garden by Martine Le Gassick was casting some superb shadows, even in the dull light of the workshop.

The weather continues to play havoc with growing conditions, if you had asked what the worst case scenario for growing our plants was 3 months ago, then this would be it! Our nursery, show garden growing specialists Hortus Loci have to find the balance between keeping our plants protected under cover for growth but also deciding which plants move outdoors. Last week looked like a rush to move plants outdoors with a hottest April day on record but then followed with cold wet weather again this week, only time will tell. Our edible plants including salads, peas and tomatoes continue to enjoy life in the warmth of the glass house and polytunnel.

As work develops on various elements across the country, we also got to take a look more locally to the studio over at Londonstone in their bespoke stone centre. Gavin and his team have been applying the large format porcelain sheets to the giant arch structure, feature walls and water feature ahead of delivery to site. These huge structures have a steel effect finish and by working closely with the team at Londonstone we have been able to save time on site by producing the pre-fabricated sections in the factory. This does however mean that the logistics of delivering everything to site and carefully positioning to the millimetre becomes slightly stressful however we know that after years of working with Gavin, Alin and their dedicated team, we have every chance of a smooth install.

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