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Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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

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.

 

2017

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.

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

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.

2018

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.

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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

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.

Chelsea Flower Show 2019

 

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.

 

 

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Creating our stand at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 exhibiting fire pits, fire bowls, water features and accessories in London, England

Solus Decor have spent the week in Chelsea building our stand for the opening of Chelsea Flower Show 2017 next week.

 

We are lucky enough to have worked with some incredible suppliers this year and as we come to the end of the build up today we wanted to share a little about some of our suppliers at for Chelsea Flower Show 2017. We are very grateful for their support, hard work and excellent products.

 

TKE Landscaping are our main contractor who have brought the whole design together from concept and through to the build this week.  TKE Landscaping are a landscape gardening company based in Essex providing a wide range of garden services including garden design, maintenance, creating patios, path and driveways and erecting garden buildings and gazebos.  The build up this week has been a pleasure due to the skill and hard work of TKE who have great attention to detail and great problem solvers due to their knowledge and experience in the field.

 

 

 

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TKE Landscaping

 

 

 

Sourcing the right decking for our stand was a challenge when we were putting together the design for the stand.  We knew that given the English climate and the probability of rain at some time during the show we were keen to ensure that the flooring was anti slip, which led us to a composite decking.  The next challenge was finding the right colour, we were keen to ensure that the tone worked well with both our fire and water features and outdoor living seating area. Brooks Bros stepped in with their composite decking by Silvadec, which compliments all elements of the stand perfectly. Brooks Bros offer timber storage, ordering and selection services, added value machining and finishing.  With their state of the art facilities they are well placed to process your timber just the way you want it.

 

 

 

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Brooks Bros

 

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Silvadec

 

 

 

One of the keys elements of RHS Chelsea Flower Show is of course the the plants and flowers and we were keen to ensure that our stand reflected this and were naturally thrilled when Green Matters agreed to help us to add this element to the stand with a two living wall installations.  We are thrilled with the living walls supplied by Green Matters and the green element they add to our stand.  Green Matters provide a range of urban greening solutions including living roof, vertical greening, system development and supply and installation with their their experience and technical knowledge they are well placed to help you with your next project.

 

 

 

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Green Matters

 

 

 

Given the temperamental nature of the British weather we were keen to ensure that we had some coverage to the stand to protect us from any rain showers and at the same time offering shade on the off chance that we have hot and sunny days for the duration of the show. Flybird Installations have provided a great awning that looks great and provides a great cover to the stand above our seating area;  great addition to our stand any outdoor living space.

 

Flybird Installations
Flybird Installations

 

 

 

Kyoto Design have added a special touch of luxury to our outdoor seating area with their bronze effect aluminium decorative screens, which create a great focal point with lighting behind to create a great atmosphere when the sun goes down.  Kyoto offer a wide range of designs that are perfect for indoor and outdoor use.

 

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Kyoto Design

 

 

 

KG Lifestyle & Interiors helped bring the design together by offering with their design expertise to create a great outdoor living space for the show, specifying colours, finishes and textures to ensure our stand and products look great during the flower show.  KG Lifestyle & Interiors offer tailor made services in project management, interior design and lifestyle management to provide a bespoke service for each and every client.  From simple redecoration through to complex structural alterations they are well placed to offer advice on any alterations you may be considering.

 

 

 

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KG Lifestyle & Interiors

 

 

 

Greenhalf Plumbing and Heating were on hand to install our fire features for the show.  We have a combination on show showing the fire pit powered by both ethanol and LPG. Greenhalf Plumbing were on hand to deal with the installation of the LPG fire pits.  Greenhalf Plumbing and Heating are an independent company based in Surrey specialising in new builds and refurbishments

 

We can’t wait to reveal the final design when the show start next week, be sure to keep up to date with us during the show on Instagram and Twitter