What a difference a day makes - 24 little hours - or so Dinah Washington sang but in the case of Chelsea Flower Show it lasts a whole six days and this year was one of the very best for Four bgb with a whole host of stars buzzing round our clients gardens like bumblebees to honey.
On the Barbados Tourism Authority stand, we were proud to present ‘Into the Light' a beautiful interpretation of life - where bright shades were balanced perfectly with the shadier varieties that brought true movement and beauty to the garden and also communicated the sense of the highs and lows of a threescore and ten existence. Emmerson Boyce, Wigan defender and Barbados player behaved like a true gentleman - making visitors look at footballers in a total different way. We even had a flower bomb football for the photocall and Emmerson was joined by Petra Roach, Vice President of the Barbados Tourism Authority and Angie Greaves from Magic FM who snared Ringo Starr and Raymond Blanc into the bargain! We tried to get news veteran Peter Sissons, a regular visitor to Barbados to do the news from the garden but he just wanted to enjoy the garden!
Jennifer Weetch one of the creators of the Barbados garden (which won Gold!) was whisked away by Robert Elms to be interviewed for his BBC London show and to find out how her garden grows in Barbados. All in all, a fabulous day - and a real welcome to Paradise.
Meanwhile over in the Sunlander area, Raymond Blanc OBE was busy launching the Raymond Blanc series of Garden Furniture - so comfortable that ‘ You can sink into true Heaven' and remember what enjoying nature was all about. Raymond was very keen to ensure that Piers Morgan (a visitor to the garden) got a quick shoulder massage - alas those pictures aren't available - and also had a quick chat with Alan Titchmarsh before also being whisked away to Robert Elms' studio so he could learn more about why on earth the 2 Michelin starred Chef Patron of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons would start to dabble in Garden Furniture. ‘This is not just garden furniture, Raymond Blanc commented - ‘it's the start of a whole new way of thinking when it comes to al fresco." Good luck from all of us Raymond, it's bound to be a fabulous success!
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Another Gold winner - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne brought a show garden to Chelsea for the first time ever. The garden drew on the fabulous skills of landscape designer Jim Fogarty and depicted the journey of water through Australia, from the dry arid outback to the cool urbanised coast.
What more can one say? - it was an amazing success - topped off by a statuesque model who, along with the garden as a truly dramatic backdrop attracted media including BBC and National Geographic by typifying the dramatic nature of Australia as a destination.
Our own Samantha Hooper was also snapped by Vogue online - one of the many beautiful blooms at Four bgb.