|Chelsea Flower Show - Press Day|
|Written by Chris Deakin|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:50|
Monday was the first day of the flower show, when members of the press and selected guests could wander round and preview this years show gardens. Also walking round are the judges, scrutinizing all the exhibits whether gardens or trade stands. It is a day of fun and anticipation (but mostly fun). On our stand, The English Glasshouse Company, we had renowned Michelin stared chef Galton Blackiston who cooked delicious food on the latest (first time out in public) Aga oven, which can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world via a phone app; so no excuse for not putting the supper on! The aga was the centre piece of a beautiful bespoke kitchen crafted by Bryan Turner and his artisan kitchen makers.
The Orangery was beautifully styled by interior designer Sarah Buxton. Taking her inspiration from an old illustration from the Royal Horticultural Society, Sarah used the pinks and purples in the picture as key colours through the interior, adding just a touch of lime green to freshen up the palette.
Jason and I then designed the gardens planting scheme to link with the well chosen interior colours using plants such as Heuchera with it's purple foliage and French Lavender with it's large butterfly-like blue/purple flowers. Tying all the colours together was a strong shade of gray on the walls of the glasshouse; this was echoed with the choice of paving, a gray limestone which enhanced the greens on the large box spheres.
Frankly, if it wasn't going to be dismantled in a weeks time I would have moved in!