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Sourcing reclaimed brick, stone and timber is the right choice as far as sustainable landscape is concerned. We’ve sourced hard materials from National Trust places wherever possible for our RHS Garden to give old materials new purpose and show what can be achieved when working to the highest ...environmental standards. But in reality it’s not been as easy as you might think!

Scouring the country to gather pieces of Octavia Hill’s National Trust and bring them together for the garden has been like solving a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. Each piece is large, heavy to handle and don’t always quite fit perfectly!

I’m not going to lie, it’s been rather frustrating at times, but I think we’re finally there. Jake Catling’s team at @tlc.uk can at last begin forming the surfaces that will form our open air sitting rooms, the paths between too.

Jake has come up with a clever method to transport the paving to and from the Chelsea site and then on to it’s permanent home at Bridgmere Gardens in Cheshire. We’ve got some pretty nifty planting tricks up our sleeve to make the paving even more sustainable too!

By the way, are you enjoying our ‘Road to Chelsea’ posts? Fingers crossed that’s a yes! Do let us know. Meanwhile have a fab weekend won’t you. I’ve no doubt our whole team will be dreaming about reclaim tonight, and probably tomorrow night too! 💚
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Looking for climate resilience, wildlife value, texture and year round interest in a tree? We thought THIS one was the perfect addition to our RHS Chelsea compliment for ALL these reasons.

Unfazed by the whims of Mother Nature, hailing from the Eastern Asia, this tree knows a thing or two ...about adapting to diverse climates. Scorching summers, then cold wet winters makes this a perfect choice for the Urban Community Wildlife garden we’re creating for the show.

The tree is a wildlife magnet too, its fragrant flowers inviting bees and butterflies for a nectar feast, whilst the seeds are gourmet treats for our feathered friends later in the year.
Plant this tree and you’ll have a thriving ecosystem in the heart of the city.

And there’s more. How could a tree be so irresistibly tactile? Visitors to the show should prepare to have their senses tickled by the otherworldly texture of the bark. Perfect to feel closer to nature and for the visually impaired to experience too.

And the cherry on the top, in autumn when trees shed their leaves like confetti, this tree holds on to its golden glory for as long as possible, adding a splash of sunshine at the end of the year.

It’s like having a tree in the garden that always wants to party! Have you guessed what it is yet? Maackia amurensis - with all it would bring to any urban green space, do you think Octavia Hill, our garden’s inspiration would approve?

Thank you to @hortus_loci for encouraging them to grow, grow, GROW!💚
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Feeling the weight of RHS Chelsea and its myriad demands, but we’re determined to stay focused and keep the pace UP!

The stakes are high, but we’re determined to KEEP GOING, sharing our progress along the way. Are you with us every step of the way?

@nationaltrust ...@bluediamond.homeandgarden @tlc.uk @gilesjollandsarchitect @ogilvie_design_studio @richardweavermetalsmith @waterartisans @kate_hanrahan.carving @locationlandscapes @hortusloci @lincspplants
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A HUGE habitat environment was essential in our garden at RHS Chelsea, and soon wildlife will have an additional new home because the frame of garden structure is now complete!

To me it resembles a plant cathedral, one which will soon to be festooned with climbers. This is to provide a ...refuge for wildlifebt also shade for visitors to protect from the city’s heat and spend a moment immersed in nature beside our wildlife pond.

Our friend @gilesjollandsarchitectwas the only man for the job, ingeniously designing a self-supporting structure, showcasing a commitment to sustainability. There’s no need for concrete; instead, an open earth core at the base provides the weight necessary for the cantilevered canopy.

Meticulously handcrafted in steel, arguably the most sustainable metal, that can be recycled infinitely without any loss in quality, our structure not only emphasises strength but is also thoughtfully designed for effortless dismantling and reassembly.

After its visit to RHS Chelsea, it will be rebuilt at its permanent home at Bridgmere Gardens, in Cheshire, where it will have an enduring presence into the next century and beyond.

Sam of @ogilvie_design_studio has investing tireless effort and energy in bringing Giles’s vision to life—a nature-inspired building that is both beautiful and purposeful, encouraging contemplation on the fragility and significance of the natural world.

And there’s more to come as Sam moves on to the next stage. Behind the decorative screens are wall linings, crafted from a material that not only adds a unique touch but aligns with our commitment to sustainability. THATCH! We can’t wait to share Sam’s progress with you!
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Arbourteching these massive pieces of timber is a beast of a job. Requiring huge skill and unwavering patience, this is jaw-dropping work from Kate Hanrahan and her team shaping oak from the National Trusts own woodlands.

These continuous sections will form the retaining wall in ‘The ...Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust’ for RHS Chelsea 2024 and we couldn't be more excited about them!

Can you imagine how much effort moving these collosal pieces of timber takes? All testament to Kate’s trams dedication and determination. And this isn't even the best part! Wait until you see what we have planned for the final finish - it’s going to be extraordinary!

Meanwhile, believe me when I say Kate does so much more than ‘knock on wood’ to craft her timber creations. Her skill and artistry results in some of the most exquisite carving you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Keep watching this space for more RHS Chelsea behind the scenes as we progress by turning on AMPG notifications - simply press on 🔔 icon above our bio on the very top right of our page, then select ‘posts’ and ‘stories’.
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A staircase of floating steps has emerged from Richard’s workshop, each tread designed by AMPG inspired by the natural patterns found in nature.

These have been laser cut and formed by @richardweavermetalsmith for access to the upper level of our Chelsea garden and maintenance too behind... our structure.

Our garden is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs throughout via various DDA compliant slopes, but we’ve learned from our work with various organisations that sometimes, someone needs to get to an upper level FAST.

Once the steps are on site, they’ll be backfilled with soil and planted - the frame will be concealed and they’ll appear to float within the landscape.

Richard’s still to apply the finish to take the edge off the silver shine, but I have to say, these are all we hoped for and more.

What do YOU see in the pattern of the step treacs? And would YOU have steps like these in YOUR garden? We’d love to know.
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Reassuring to know that almost all the plants for ‘The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust’ have been gathered together for us over at specialist nursery @hortus_loci

Trees, shrubs, bulbs, ferns, grasses, annuals and perennials in their polytunnels are all ...summoning up the energy to perform full tilt at the greatest flower show on earth.

Now to watch the miracle of growth unfold under the watchful eye of Mark Straver and his team. We’ve got precisely 13 weeks and 4 days until press day. I ask you, what could possibly go wrong?! Actually, maybe DON’T answer that!!!
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RHS Chelsea is 13 weeks and 5 days away and @richardweavermetalsmith has sunk into a watery world, welding several water spouts to add extra sparkle to our wildlife pond.

Let’s just hope he doesn't get swept away iwith his work!
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Time for a tree pep talk over at@hortus_loci on a chilly February morning. It’s hard to believe these bare branches will transform into lush canopies in just under 15 weeks isn’t it?

Cue the nail-biting suspense.

Questions flood my mind: Will they leaf out on time? Are they ...growing too fast? Too slow? Do they have enough character? Are they the RIGHT CHOICE AT ALL?!? To be honest, the fretting, anxiety and self-doubt will continue until they’re planted and bringing their A game at the show before finding their forever home at Bridgemere Gardens, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Thank heavens for @hortus_loci for being our green guardians on this nail-biting roller coaster ride. With a track record of hundreds of show garden medals, several best in shows, and the one and only Mark Straver (aka my horticultural husband ) steering the ship, I’m reminded to trust the process and let the experts work their magic.

After a reassuring visit, I’m feeling hopeful that tonight’s sleep won’t be another toss-and-turn affair. I’ll be visiting them regularly between now and the show, but for now, let’s admire those strong silhouettes – if only I could be as resilient as they are!
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