Difficult to know where to start but I think it’s safe to say that since January 7th 2019, it’s pretty much been all about Chelsea for me.
Monday 7th January was a very early start, flying to Hamburg to make the final and critical choice for the second large pine tree which will feature in the garden. A very successful but long trip followed shortly after by journeys to Italy and Spain to find our larger shrubs and some special plants - I feel very lucky to have had the chance to do all of this and meet some amazing and knowledgeable people.
On the hard materials side of things, I’ve been searching for reclaimed timber from marine structures and defences to fit with the coastal theme of the garden, as well as finding stone which is strong enough to be used in huge one off pieces - that way we hope to capture some of the drama and scale of the Basque coastline; the original inspiration for the garden.
In addition to all this, some more truly talented specialists and craftsmen have been working on a copper and steel ‘wave’ structure which will provide some shade in the garden and which symbolises connectivity, as well as figuring out how to create moving water which we hope will bring the sound and movement of the beach to the garden.
So, things have been busy, and it’s quite a relief to be approaching our start date for construction on site this Friday 3rd May. I’ll be posting updates as the build progresses and the pressure builds in the lead up to show week 20-25th May…