This year RHS Chelsea Flower Show goes virtual as the rest of the world has in light of the current health crisis. We’re taking the opportunity to reflect on our last four years of exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and looking back at some of our favourite show gardens.
2016 marked our debut at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show and we embarked on a collaboration with award winning designer; Jack Dunkley who designed a fantastic garden featuring a selection of our our fire and water products. A selection of palms, lavender and ferns set against a white backdrop giving a mediterranean feel to the space enhanced by the sunshine that we were blessed with during the week.
Speaking to Brad Carpenter, CEO of Solus about the highlights of 2016, he recalls the fantastic field of poppies; a breathtaking display of thousands of handmade poppies adorned the vista from the showground to the Royal Hospital. This combined with the sheer scale of the flower show and the work undertaken by those building the show gardens was inspiring.
Solus make their second appearance at Chelsea Flower Show. An independent trade stand, working with outdoor living brands that compliment the Solus Decor brand and ethos. We worked with Greenmatters UK to create this fantastic green wall as the backdrop to our scupper waterfall, which was a huge talking point and many clients asking about how they could create the same design at home. We added this with an engineered decking from Silvadec, which provided a great anti slip flooring for our stand. All of this was built and installed by the fantastic TKE Landscaping.
We took great inspiration from the best fresh garden winner; Kate Gould with this urban inspired garden. Showing how you can incorporate green spaces within the city and allow you to make the most of the outdoors.
A more contemporary look from Solus this year with striking dark panels from Screen with Envy, the launch of our metal table top and drinks ring, celebrity visits to the stand and beautiful sunshine throughout the week and the start of a sensational summer.
Looking at the show garden highlights from 2018, our team couldn’t help but celebrate the gold award winning feat of the Yorkshire garden featured in 2018. The end result was incredible but having seen the build from start to finish, Brad recalls this – “It was herculean and I went by a number of times and marvelled, there were guys standing up to their knees in muck, digging away – it was incredible. ”
2019 marked the debut of our first combined fire and water feature at Chelsea Flower Show; The Pacific Rim and what a highlight it was for all of us. The Pacific Rim was a huge hit! We were blessed with beautiful weather and we met fantastic people throughout the week.
We asked Lisa from Solus Decor what her highlights were having been part of the show experience since 2017. Lisa described the D Day 75 garden, by John Everiss as a stand out. It delivered on all levels and was extremely emotive.
Another favourite of Lisa’s was The Silent Pool Garden. Lisa says ” I love the planting, water element, copper swing chair plus the gin!”
We’ll miss seeing you on the stand but we’re excited to share in virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020. We’d love to hear from you if your feeling inspired and looking to make the most of your outdoor space.