The Blue Water Garden – Final Preparations

We can’t believe that the Build-up for Chelsea Flower Show starts a week today!

We’re busy completing orders of materials and carrying out general housekeeping like getting parking to the showground organised, our construction signs printed up  – even making sure our Team will have plenty of tea and coffee for their breaks – and washing up liquid to clean the cups!

Meanwhile Nigel Dunnett and Ed Payne from The Landscape Agency came to visit us this week, to go through the final preparations before we start on site. They had a productive day going through the plans and the details, but they also came to inspect the samples we have at the yard.

Here is Mark showing the dry stone roofing sample and stone for the Trulli Pavillion, and with Catherine and Ed looking at plans:

Nigel has been busy making the final tree selections at Hilliers Nursery. Among the specimens he has chosen the beautiful and impressive, but little-know, upright form of our native Field Maple – Acer campestre ‘William Caldwell’.  These will be planted in a strip along the side of the garden.

Nigel with the Acer campestre 'William Caldwell'

He also viewed the Italian cypresses (photographed here with Jim Hillier) which will punctuate the formal terraces.


Nigel with Jim Hillier & Italian cypresses

And also seen – a special form of Prunus serrulata, which is a stunning multi stemmed tree with glowing bark.  These will frame the Trulli Building at the top of the garden.

Prunus serrulata for framing the Trulli Pavillion



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