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Behind the scenes with Chelsea’s exhibitors

As well as a busy week with our artists on the G&P stand, we have been exploring Chelsea Flower Show and finding out a little more about the other exhibitors.

On Monday we met Andy Gage from The Firepit Company. He creates magnificent sculptured fireballs which look truly majestic when they are illuminated with glowing flames. He creates custom designs for his clients using a 20,000-degree plasma cutter! This is definitely the most stylish way to keep cosy in the garden on a chilly London evening. To find out more and get a glimpse of Andy’s piece that was nominated for RHS product of the year, watch our interview with him below.

On Tuesday we headed over to Ashwood Nurseries who had just been presented with a gold award for their stunning exhibition. They told us about the challenges they had faced in succeeding to get their beautiful flowers to bloom at the right time – it involved a freezer van! Nursery owner, John Massey, and his Hepaticas have been causing quite a fuss at Chelsea this year! Take a look at our video below to find out about his exquisite flowers which come from all around the globe, from Kyrgyzstan to Korea!

Next we met British Master Florist, Katherine Kear, from NAFAS who told us about the inspiration behind their Victorian themed exhibit. Their idea was to tell a story about how flowers made their way into our homes. It was fascinating chatting to someone so passionate about flowers, she told us that as people explored the British Empire and glass become more widely available, flowers started to fill the homes of England. To find out more and hear her expert tips on flower arranging watch our interview with her here.

Simon from Blue Forest spoke with such passion as he told us about his magnificent treehouses, which I can assure you are not just exciting for children! The one you can see in our interview with him is called the ‘Enchanted Playhouse’ and is simply stunning! His designs are bespoke and he has fitted everything for his clients, from cinema rooms to secret rooms! It really is like being in a fairy tale walking through this magical building, there is even a glass floor where you would be able to see down through the branches if this was fitted to a tree in your garden. To find out the other amazing things Simon’s team have managed to fit in a tree house, watch our interview with him below!

Dic from Pennings ‘De Bilt’ told us about his Hyacinthus Orientalis that he was displaying at Chelsea. He had started with 2,500 bulbs and produced some beautiful flowers with a wonderfully sweet aroma. He is the co-owner of the nursery and we were lucky enough to hear a few of his secrets of success, for example, how saves the flowers from flopping. To hear his expert advice and see the stunning plants, take a look at our video below.

Today, Elizabeth from Wilverly gave Graham the chance to sit down for the second time since Chelsea kicked off as we spoke to her about their beautiful swing seats! As they relaxed on the appropriately name ‘Idler’ she told us a little more about how the business started, the beautiful fabrics they use, and their international clientele! As they celebrated their ten-year anniversary, Elizabeth told us that the idea had developed as they couldn’t find anywhere to buy lovely outdoor furniture like this. To find out more, and have a look at Wilverly’s wonderful designs, check out our video below.

We hope you enjoyed finding out the weird and wonderful from our fellow Chelsea Flower Show exhibitors as much as we did. We are so sad it’s all over and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been part of this fantastic live stream! Till next year!


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