The 2021 Chelsea Flower Show
What a strange year it’s been, and how strange to be prepping for Chelsea to take place in September instead of the usual May event. It must be even more difficult for the garden designers, who were preparing for May 2020, and have had to rethink everything for an Autumn show nearly two years later. I’m sure we are all looking forward to a return to normality and seeing the show back in the Spring, 2022.
Our first Chelsea Flower Show
We have been doing the RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2012. Our first year was a big leap into unfamiliar territory. We sponsored our very own Artisan garden, designed and built by Chelsea old hands Woolcott and Smith, with hard landscaping by Conway Landscapes. It was a fascinating experience and we won a silver medal. We made a scaled down shepherd’s hut, a design we called the Writer’s Hut to sit neatly in the layout.
Since then we have had a trade-stand in the Artisan area, in Ranelagh Gardens. Over the years we have exhibited various shepherd’s hut designs from our traditional Snugs to garden kitchen designs. It is always interesting to try to broadly represent the range of what we do.
One year we did a striking copper coloured hut, with a small deck on the end, which was well received and ended up as an Air B&B in the Cotswolds.
Preparing for the show
The logistics of taking a shepherd’s hut into London is always exciting, and we enjoy taking our small part of Dorset into the busy capital for a week.
It really is one of the World’s best garden shows, and in normal years visitors come from across the globe to see it. I’m always fascinated to meet visitors from America and even Australia who have flown in just to visit what they see as the greatest show on earth.
The most striking thing about Chelsea is the horticultural theatre of the show gardens. Seeing green lawns turned into a lock keeper’s garden, complete with a canal, or swimming pool based garden with a stone cottage next to it is just fascinating.
So next year is our tenth anniversary of doing the Chelsea Flower Show – my creative ideas are beginning to flow already!
We look forward to seeing you there this year if you are going, and really hope you have a great day. You can book your tickets here if you haven't done so already.