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Madness, Mayhem and Marguerites

Madness, Mayhem and Marguerites
Posted on 23/05/10 | Posted by The Fat Gardener

This weekend has been hectic! I volunteered to help the teams from Quality Garden Tools and Ethel Gloves with their preparations for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show - little did I know what I was letting myself in for!

The stand was built by a company of professional exhibition booth builders (The London Display Company), who managed to construct the display in just 7 hours. The rest of 'the team' were then left to merchandise the stand with gloves, planting and displays.

Planting is obviously the main attraction of any stand at the show and so Ethel have utilised four low, metre long hedges of common box (Buxus Sempervirens) planted in matt black fibreglass troughs under each of the glove displays. The main counter includes two built-in planters which display single balls of common box (Buxus Sempervirens), surrounded by cranesbills (Geranium Maculatum Album), hostas, (Hosta 'Fire & Ice') and white bacopa bajas (Sutera Bacopa Baja). The planting is very understated and designed to be clean and light without detracting from the Ethel Gloves on display - plants were supplied by Langley Boxwood Nursery and The Plant Centre at the RHS garden at Wisley.

After two days of lifting, carrying, shifting and shoving, my back, neck, arms and legs are all very tired - however, the stand looks great. Let's hope that both Ethel Gloves and Quality Garden Tools have the success they deserve.

If you are attending Chelsea, you can visit the Ethel Gloves stand at Cross Way (location CW/4).

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