I still keep having to pinch myself as I write this, because I seriously can’t believe I’ve designed a Sculpture Garden for the exceptionally talented Sculptor Chris Webb at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014. Ok, so the stand won’t be as big as one of the ‘Show Gardens’ but we’ve been given a fantastic position (PW36), Pavilion Way and right by one of the main entrances into the Great Pavilion.
My involvement in this fantastic opportunity came after working with Chris and helping him with his marketing and raising his profile as an artist. He told me last year he had been invited to exhibit at Chelsea and he really wanted to have a garden designed stand that would showcase his stunning sculptures in a beautiful garden setting. Little did Chris know that I have been studying to one day become a Garden Designer and when I said, ‘I’ll do it!’ I think he thought I was joking. To cut a long story short, I pulled together a design proposal for him, came up with the ‘Sense to Touch’ garden design concept for his stand, and we were then given the thumbs up by the RHS to exhibit, which I promptly thought then that they were joking!
So little old me has been on a very steep learning curve since Christmas, but I’m loving it and have learnt lots and lots.
I’m working with a fantastic team of plants women – two more Liz’s who run Oak End nursery and they’ve been helping me select the right plants to create our beautiful garden space.
The concept and size of the stand has changed quite a bit due to financial reasons, but we’re all really happy with the new vision for the stand and can’t wait to showcase it at Chris’s debut (and mine) exhibition at Chelsea this year.
I want to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, Jacksons Fencing for providing us with the gorgeous Retreat Garden Shelter and trellising. To Burtt-Jones & Brewer, The Blackford Centre for Garden Design for financial support and of course Oak End for all their plant knowledge, we couldn’t have got here without your generosity.
I’ve created a separate blog called Lost the Plot which is where I’m blogging and sharing my ‘Road to Chelsea’ journey… so far we’re on track and here’s to Chris selling lots of work, the sun seriously keeping its hat on and me meeting Monty Don… or Chris Beardshaw…. or….