Ecodek and the HTA Chelsea – Great Escape Discovery Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a true highlight of the year, and signifies that summer is on the way! The show, which has run every year since 1948, is not just for those within the horticultural and landscaping fields, but also those who attend to view the innovations of design and horticulture as well as soaking up the spring sunshine and atmosphere plus some celeb spotting! Both Joanna Lumley and Dermot O’Leary were spotted on the stand, as well as other famous faces.
This week we have enjoyed seeing the finished installation from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Discovery Garden following the very interesting build at RHS Chelsea over the last week. We were happy to provide some of our newly launched Heritage range of ecodek® in Welsh Slate and Brecon Shale.
The garden, titled ‘The Great Escape – RELAX, GROW, PLAY, ENGAGE, WITH NATURE’ highlights some of the ways in which people of all ages enjoy their outdoor space – for relaxing, growing, playing, engaging with nature with supporting information about the benefits that this brings. It showcases the role of UK garden centres and initiatives such as National Children’s Gardening Week, in helping to spread the message about the wider benefits of plants, gardens and gardening.
Designed by Chris Collins (CM Collins Horticulture Ltd) the exhibit helps to show that you really don’t have to go far to escape to your outdoor space and reap the benefits of doing so. From keeping a plant on a windowsill to having a small space to grow your own there are huge health and wellbeing benefits to be had from enjoying plants and being outside.
The installation of our Heritage boards by Chris and his team showed just how versatile solid WPC boards can be, very similar to working with a hardwood, but with none of the future maintenance headaches associated with timber!
The ecodek® worked well with the ‘Great Escape’ design, allowing us to create areas that reflected the main features of the garden. It gave us choice of colour and was easily cut to pattern and blended with other materials. Its versatility was key. It also ticked that all important subject of being durable and long lasting, important in these times of environmental concern. This fitted well into the overall concept of the HTA Chelsea flower show garden.
While all this has been going on, there is another project with a touch of celeb sunshine in progress in Cardiff, all for a very deserving cause. Watch this space for an update over the summer!