Having had the hottest Chelsea week for many years all Agriframes eyes have now turned, again, to the weather – this time for the crucial ‘build up’ at RHS Chatsworth. It’s a new show, so full of unknowns for everyone and also the first time that Agriframes have sponsored a Show Garden which has meant working in collaboration with our designers, Sanctum, and also many other suppliers, contractors and invaluable supporters.
Arriving on site, just as Chelsea was drawing to a close, highlighted just what a different space and atmosphere the Chatsworth Show will have – huge sweeping landscapes surround the site rather than the tight avenues of the Royal Hospital and there is excitement in seeing something totally new emerge from such an iconic setting.
Fleur Porter of Sanctum Garden Design has been keeping us up to date with how things are going on site:
As we start to build the show garden we have to switch, at last, from planning to actually building the garden and finding ways to channel all of our nervous excitement. The landscapers Smartscape are fantastic but we need extra help to get all the plants in place and manage the ‘finishing touches’. This year we have roped in an amazing team of friends and family - It is not the most glamorous few days but we are hoping that a constant supply of baked goods and tea will keep everyone happy.
We arrived on site in hot and unbelievably windy conditions, presenting an unexpected challenge in finding ways to protect out magnificent trees from damage. Show gardens are something of a race against time - they need to be built and the plants arranged in a matter of days as the earlier you can get the plants in place the more likely they are to settle in and look like they have been there for ever. That is when the months of preparation and endless samples of soil, mulch, membrane and turf pay off - My postman must by now have delivered virtually every sample that our great suppliers Rolawn have available – it’s been wonderful to be working with people who understand that when it comes to a show garden, the details count.
Tomorrow is all about hard landscaping – things are beginning to take shape!