For G. K. Wilson Garden Services (UK) Ltd, 2017 will represent the seventh year we have been building show gardens for Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) flower shows across the country. In fact, we will enjoy (or endure) a hat-trick challenge this year in creating gardens at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
The first, and most demanding, of these projects is RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 (open 7-11 June). Here we will be building no less than the second biggest show garden in the history of RHS shows. At 500 square meters, the Quarry Garden sponsored by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) presents us with our most significant show garden challenge to date. It will also be the third time we have teamed up with Paul Hervey Brookes: internationally renowned garden designer and head designer for garden aggregates giant, Bradstone.
Together with Paul, we started the planning process towards the end of 2016 and we will continue fine-tuning right up until the show. We do this by breaking down the build process and compiling a day-to-day diary of tasks. Along with the development of this work diary, we identify any potential risks and put in place a "Plan B" - and in some cases, even a "Plan C" - to mitigate against these. Of course, one factor in any build we cannot compensate for is bad weather! The weather has not always been kind to us, and it is just a case of battling through regardless.
Key features of the Chatsworth IQ Quarry Garden build include a 3-metre-high wall, a water feature, and installation of large trees supplied by Deepdale. These will be main discussion items at our upcoming planning meeting.
We will continue to post updates here so please check back and wish us luck.