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The Chelsea Flower Show

Creating a vision at the Chelsea Flower Show

Designing a garden for Chelsea is all about amazing plants at the peak of their bloom. It does help to have a beautiful backdrop to set them off, at their best.

We have built and installed, a variety of complete thatched buildings for different designers.

The challenging construction timescale on site is approximately one week. With this in mind, we prefabricated the complete building in our workshop for the designer to visit, prior to the show. To ensure a rapid construction on site, we designed the whole kit to assemble without the need of any large lifting equipment. Once it has met with approval, it was broken down and transported to Chelsea. It usually takes less than a day to assemble the basic structure, allowing us to thatch, paint and dress the building. Like a carefully choreographed dance, the garden, with its precious plants, takes shape around us as we labour.

We take full advantage of our film industry contacts for specialist services, and props, to really make the project pop!


Gold, ‘Best in Show’ & ‘People’s Choice’

The gardens have all been a great success with the public and their  sponsors. The team usually find time to unwind and sip Pimms on a well earned visit to the show.

After the gates finally close, the buildings are broken down in a couple of days. Every scrap removed to comply with the sites strict clearing policy, avoiding any punitive fine!

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Thatched architecture provides a portal into history and tradition for the viewer. Shaggy, handmade  thatch tells of Iron age round houses, hovels or Viking long houses. Shapely smooth curves, tightly clipped gables, and smart ridges are merchant’s houses or an imperial temple. Thatch offers action prompts too - As the battle rages, thatch burns really, really well !  We have helped many film and TV production weave stories with thatch.

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