Chelsea is at the forefront of the shows for the garden industry. This year is no exception and we are excited to see the CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen. Naomi is working with HIV partnership CHERUB to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Featuring a Solus Water Dome, Naomi has designed a space that could be recreated within a home garden context. The garden uses specialist planting and design to take visitors on a powerful symbolic journey helping to promote acceptance and understanding about the condition.
If you have a roof terrace or balcony, how can you make the most of it? There are some inspirational ideas out there to add value to your outside space.
Create warmth and use your outside space all year with a fire pit.
In a small space, it is still possible to add a functional but stylish fire pit that is safe to use. The Firecube is ideal and with different fuel options, it can conform to safety requirements. An optional table top also means it is multi-use.
For larger terraces or balconies, fire pits and tables will create a social area with seating positioned around. The Elevated Halo is a great example and used in residential and commercial spaces.
The Gwen Hotel, Chicago featuring a Solus Decor Elevated Halo fire table
Water features are also an option on a terrace and can create a calm and tranquil environment. They can be an oasis in the city and integral as part of the mindful living trend for 2018*. Look out for self-circulating and “plug and play” products. This means there is no plumbing and water is not being wasted. The Dome is a great example.
There are many designers who are experienced in designing roof top and terrace gardens which do tend to be in cities where outside space is at a premium.
Every year the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital, home to the Chelsea Pensioners. For 5 days in May the grounds are transformed into an array of outdoor oasis’, offering inspiration for those visiting the show from near and far.
Last year we had a great time exhibiting with Jack Dunkley and were privileged to feature our fire and water features in the Urban Retreat designed by Jack. Not only was it our first time at Chelsea but we also launched our Fire Cube in the UK at the show and we were thrilled to be shortlisted for product of the year for the Fire Cube.
The show is a great opportunity to see new garden and outdoor living products to inspire visitors and for many exhibitors The Chelsea Flowers Show is the perfect opportunity to launch new products. However for many the main draw is the incredible show gardens. The show gardens take centre stage at the show with incredible vision and creativity displayed, not to mention the huge amount of hard work involved to create the gardens.
Here’s a reminder of some of the show gardens that made a big impact in 2016:
Andy Sturgeon made a huge impact at the show last year for his garden design, which was not only a gold medal winner but also won best in show .
We are looking forward to being part of Chelsea Flower Show again this year and the opportunity to see the wonderful array of exceptional garden design on show once again.
If you would like to visit the show there is still time to book your tickets, click here to plan your visit. If you are attending be sure to visit us at stand F64.
There’s a growing trend toward outdoor rooms designed to feel like home spas or staycation delights. Fire pits add that perfect touch of warmth that creates a cozy atmosphere for one or many. However, not all homes or commercial spaces can accommodate a larger fire pit unit. As such, we listened to many designers, architects and customers and combined our fire pit expertise to come up with Firecube; the fire pit for smaller spaces.
As leaders in fire features, we have a keen eye for how to use fire to accommodate every space. So we designed Firecube to have a smaller footprint. This petite and polite box stands 17-inches high with a square footprint of 16-inches x 16-inches. It will fit in virtually every small space. And for a spectacular, multi-visual effect that’s sure to impress, you can line up several of them thanks to their flat sides.
BUT IS IT WARM ENOUGH?
Don’t be fooled by it’s petite size. This little cube kicks out 40,000 btus, so it is a substantial little heater.
Firecube is available in natural gas, propane or ethanol (manual lit only). Most customers will probably choose propane as it’s the easiest way to get started. Because aesthetics are important and we want you to love your outdoor space, we have just launched the Firecube box which is a propane tank holder. The Firecube box even comes with a lid that serves as a side table, perfect for drinks and plates. (Pictures to come shortly). It stands 21-inches tall and mimics the look of Firecube.