Chelsea 2016

This year, 2016,  I was commissioned by Schellevis to design their trade stand for Chelsea Flower Show. I created a split level design, featuring two outdoor spaces: An urban landscape inspired by the plans for Battersea Power Station, and a contemporary gravel garden with a scattering of Schellevis planks. I wanted the upper terrace to have an element of ‘interior’ about it too, so I used thinner, smaller pavers as a checker-board cladding on the boundary walls, interspersed with rusted steel panels by Grace and Webb as artwork. . I continued the use of rusted steel throughout the stand, with the upper edges of the terrace and capping for all the boundary walls clad in steel too, as well as the posts for the metallic sail awning.

The life size sculptures by Rachel Ducker added a human scale to the space, and the copper hair looked fantastic against the bronze grasses and orange flora.The pretty Geum ‘Mai Tai’ was a perfect starting point for the orange themed planting and very much the plant of Chelsea this year. Having magenta in its foliage and stems, and little punchy orange flowers it worked perfectly with Lysemachia ‘Beaujolais’ with its deep burgundy spires. Annual poppies, the bronze grass Carex testacae and Euphobia purpurea all came together well.

We were all delighted with the stand and had a fantastic response both during the build and at the show too. A well deserved 4* award to all of us !

Thanks to Paul van Vliet and his team from Squared Earth.