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Chelsea Flower Show 2024 – An Exclusive Look

Chelsea Flower Show - an exclusive look

 

The Chelsea Flower Show 2024, held in the vibrant heart of London, continues its legacy as a pinnacle of horticultural excellence and innovation. This illustrious event draws garden enthusiasts and professionals from across the globe, eager to witness the latest trends in garden design. As we explore the highlights and captivating displays at this show the Chelsea Flower Show once again proves to be a melting pot of creativity, sustainability, and groundbreaking garden aesthetics. It is an event Solus Decor is proud to be a part of and has been a source of inspiration, encouraging collaboration with numerous designers and clients. Consequently, it has enhanced our ability to deliver the ever evolving wants and needs for functional and beautiful products that the Chelsea Flower Show covets.

 

Exploring the Show’s Highlights

The 2023 show was particularly notable for its celebration of diverse gardening styles and the restorative power of gardening. From the meticulously manicured traditional English gardens to bold, contemporary installations, each exhibit offered a unique perspective on garden design. A significant highlight was the emphasis on sustainability, with many designers showcasing eco-friendly approaches to landscaping, including water-saving techniques and sustainable practices.

 

The Gardens and Exhibits – A Spectacular Display

The range of gardens displayed at Chelsea is always a feast for the eyes. Last year, Harris Bugg Studio, Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg designed Horatio’s Garden (https://www.harrisbugg.com) which was a standout, with accessibility being a key focus of their design. Meanwhile, Rosemary Coldstream’s, Feels Like Home (https://www.rosemarycoldstream.com) showcased a beautiful garden inspired by New Zealand. Carefully choosing plants and colours that reminded her of the natural landscape as well as her childhood garden.

 

Chelsea Flower Show - an exclusive look

 

In-Depth with Garden Designers

The garden designers at Chelsea are the stars of the show, and their insights provide a deeper understanding of the art and science behind each garden. These conversations often reveal the inspiration behind the designs, whether it’s a personal story, a particular landscape, or a global issue like climate change. The designers also share their challenges, from dealing with unpredictable weather to sourcing rare plant species.

 

Trends and Innovations

Trends at Chelsea often set the tone for the gardening world in the coming year. Last year, we saw a surge in the use of native plants, reflecting a growing awareness of the importance of supporting local ecosystems. Another trend was the integration of outdoor living spaces within the gardens, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors and reflecting a lifestyle that embraces nature. This falls within Solus’ expertise as we strive to provide warmth and ambiance with modern gas fire pits that extend the usability of a garden throughout the year.

 

Focus on Sustainability

A significant aspect of the 2023 show was its focus on sustainability. Gardens showcased creative ways to reduce environmental impact, such as using drought-tolerant plants and creating wildlife-friendly spaces. This focus aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and promotes gardening practices that are not only beautiful but also beneficial to the planet.

 

Chelsea Flower Show - an exclusive lookThe Art of Garden Design

Another highlight was the sheer artistry displayed in garden designs. This year’s show featured gardens that could be considered outdoor galleries, with intricate layouts, stunning color palettes, and innovative use of materials. These designs pushed the boundaries of traditional garden aesthetics, offering visitors a fresh perspective on what a garden can be.

 

The Role of Solus Decor

At Solus Decor, the Chelsea Flower Show is more than just an event; it’s a source of inspiration that influences our fire pit designs and product offerings. We take cues from the show’s trends and innovations to create outdoor fire features that resonate with contemporary gardening and outdoor living styles.

More information on the Chelsea Flower Show can be found here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

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Exploring the Artistry of Gardens: A Nod to the Society of Garden Designers

Exploring the artistry of gardens - a nod to the society of garden designers

 

In the realm of exquisite outdoor spaces, the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) stands as a beacon of creativity and excellence. At Solus Decor, we understand the transformative power of a beautifully designed garden and how a contemporary fire feature can complement any outdoor space. It is our pleasure to celebrate the work of SGD members, who are reshaping our landscapes into works of art.

 

The Society of Garden Designers, rain chain
Solus Decor at Chelsea, the Rain Chain water feature

The Society of Garden Designers: A Brief Overview

Established over three decades ago, the Society of Garden Designers is the UK’s professional body for garden design practitioners. Boasting a diverse membership of new talent and seasoned professionals, the SGD is committed to maintaining high standards of practice in garden design. Members undergo a rigorous accreditation process, ensuring that they meet the Society’s esteemed criteria for excellence and creativity.

Why Garden Design Matters

Gardens are more than just outdoor areas; they are extensions of our homes, reflections of our personalities, and spaces for relaxation and rejuvenation. The work of a skilled garden designer can turn a simple backyard into a sanctuary, blending elements of nature with bespoke design to create an environment that complements both the architecture and the spirit of the place.

SGD and Sustainable Practices

In today’s environmentally conscious world, SGD designers are at the forefront of sustainable garden design. They incorporate eco-friendly practices, such as water conservation, use of native plants, and organic gardening techniques, ensuring that our gardens not only look good but also contribute positively to the environment.

 

 

Award-Winning Designs

The SGD Awards, an annual event, showcase the crème de la crème of garden design. From small urban spaces to sprawling country estates, these awards highlight the innovation and artistry of SGD designers, offering a glimpse into the future of garden design.

 

Collaboration with Solus Decor

At Solus Decor, we share the SGD’s passion for exceptional garden design. Our range of modern outdoor fire pits, water features, and accessories are designed to complement the visionary work of garden designers. Collaborating with SGD members, we strive to add that final touch of elegance and functionality to their stunning garden creations.

 

Conclusion

The Society of Garden Designers represents the pinnacle of garden design expertise in the UK. As enthusiasts and professionals in the realm of outdoor aesthetics, we at Solus Decor are excited to support and collaborate with the talented members of SGD. Together, we aim to transform ordinary spaces into extraordinary gardens that leave a lasting impression.

More information can be found on the Society of Garden Designers here: www.sgd.org.uk

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Maïtanne Hunt’s Pro Landscaper Outdoor Lighting Award 2023 and Solus Decor

The Pro Landscaper Outdoor Lighting Award 2023: 

 

Surrounded by the iconic London landscape sits a rooftop terrace in Kensington that has been expertly crafted and thoughtfully designed. Aptly named “Sky Entertaining”, this stunning rooftop terrace has been reimagined to provide plenty of ambiance and warmth by the award winning garden and landscape designer, Maïtanne Hunt. As the nights grow colder and longer, outdoor lighting and warmth is a design essential and this is where Solus Decor’s fire features shine. 

 

Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscape and Solus Decor fire pits

(Photo credit: Marianne Majerus Garden Images & Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscapes)

 

The clients of this project were keen art lovers with a vibrant social life who wanted an inviting space that provided an intimate setting for parties, whilst emphasising London’s skyline. Maïtanne’s inspiration for the design came from the client’s bold art collection, incorporating two uniquely sculptural trees that linked the interior artworks with the exterior terrace. Cleverly considered lighting was key to her design, a gently flickering Hemi fire bowl created a soft glow and warmth to the space. Along with skilful lighting design, the terrace became a work of art in its own right, adding extra dimension and emphasising the play of light and shadow.

 

Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscape and Solus Decor fire pits

(Photo credit: Marianne Majerus Garden Images & Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscapes)

 

However, this exposed rooftop garden was not always so cleverly constructed. Located on the seventh floor of a Victorian red-brick building in Kensington, London, the terrace was neither welcoming nor beautiful. Largely grey, it seemingly merged with the London skies, lacking shelter from the elements and dotted with irreparable furniture and decor. Revamping this space was no easy feat either, with the only access to the terrace being a 7-flight metal fire escape that every material and item of furniture had to traverse, including a Solus concrete fire pit. Nonetheless, with the help of our excellent team, a beautiful Hemi fire bowl found its home nestled amongst London’s rooftops. 

 

Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscape and Solus Decor fire pits

(Photo credit: Marianne Majerus Garden Images & Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscapes)

 

Although outdoor areas with limited space such as this terrace may not seem like ideal candidates for a fire feature, Solus Decor creates fire pits to suit every need. For instance, this project divided the space into three separate areas (dining, entertaining and relaxation). Consequently, this limited the amount of space available, which made our Hemi 26 fire pit the most suitable choice. Within our Hemi series we have 26”, 36” and 48” fire bowls, allowing our clients to have the style they desire that can suit a variety of projects. In addition, we offer a range of 12 colours, ranging from understated and neutral, to bright and fun. This along with a choice of finishes, tailors the fire pit, fire bowl or fire table to your specifications and is a primary reason many of our clients return to us specifically.

 

Since Maïtanne Hunt’s intervention, the terrace has been completely transformed from a dull, and neglected platform into a verdant oasis with spectacular views. Her hard work and spectacular outcome recently paid off earlier this month and won Maïtanne the Pro Landscaper Outdoor Lighting Award. Solus is not only proud to be a part of this project but we would like to congratulate Maïtanne and her team on their well deserved accomplishment. This project not only reshaped the functionality of the clients’ home but created a haven for them to enjoy year-round. Therefore, if you are looking for a way to add a cosy atmosphere and substantial heat to your outdoor living area, Solus would love to help.

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Solus at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Launch New Modern Accessory for the Outdoor Gas Firepit.

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

We are looking forward to once again showcasing our fantastic garden terrace fire pits as we preview what else is in store for visitors at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.

This year Solus Decor are excited to launch a new accessory for the Hemi fire bowl. The metal table top  can convert into a drinks ring for the 36 and 48 Hemi fire pit and hence adds a new dimension to the use of this contemporary and sculptural firepit. A simple disk table top is also available for the 26 Hemi. They are constructed out of noncorrosive aluminum and stainless steel. Therefore they are perfect for social gatherings in residential or commercial settings.

Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.
Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.

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.

Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.
Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.

Another must-see garden will be The Myeloma UK Garden, designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell. It will highlight the work of Myeloma UK. A bold 7 tonne, 12 feet high sculpture will rise from the garden as its centrepiece and as a result, promises to be unique and contemporary.

Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.
Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.

On the Solus Decor stand on Pavilion Way PW/608, we will of course be displaying and demonstrating a selection of our best-selling fire pits and water features.

Next to us will be Chilstone on stand PW/607. This year Chilstone are proudly celebrating 65 years of handmaking cast stone in Britain and always have a fabulous display.

If you are visiting this year, please come and see both stands. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact us for more information on Solus products. Or visit our website: www.solusdecor.co.uk. Made in Vancouver, Canada. Shipped worldwide.

For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit: www.rhs.org.uk

 

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Can a fire pit add value to your home?

Solus Hemi 36 Firebowl Photo credit: Houston Landscaping

About 3 million outdoor firepits/fireplaces are installed every year in North America according to the Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association, as part of an overall trend toward more extensive outdoor living spaces”

Reinforcing this growing popularity is the results from a recent Residential Landscape Architecture trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which found that fire pits are the 3rd most popular outdoor feature after lighting and dining.

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”

When considering a firepit you can expect to see a range of costs – from a few hundred dollars for a small portable fire pit that will last for a few years, to a few thousand for a luxurious fire pit that makes an architectural statement and will be a permanent feature of your home. There are also several fuel options for your fire pit – such as natural gas, propane or ethanol (bio fuel).

The convenience of natural gas or propane gas fire pits are well known. In many communities wood burners are either not allowed or banned during many parts of the year that you would probably want to be outside by a fire. The mess a wood burner creates can be substantial.

Other considerations include non combustible clearances to overhangs, the amount of heat you may or may not need and how your outdoor seating may interact with the firepit.

Like fireplaces, there are numerous questions about firepits and a Solus Decor Design Consultant would be happy to assist you with your project.

Give us a call at 1+ (877) 255-3146 or visit our firepit gallery at www.solusdecor.co.uk/photos/

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Fire pits are safe to use in Vancouver

Are fire pits legal? Are they safe to use? Do they require permits in Vancouver? These are some common question we get asked so we’d like to take a moment to clarify.

Solus Hemi 36-inch firebowl in Vancouver

First and foremost, fire pits are absolutely legal in Canada and United States. We also ship worldwide. If you live outside of North America and would like to order a fire pit, first check with your municipality/city but we would be surprised if it wasn’t.

As for whether or not Solus fire pits require permits in Vancouver, unlike wood-burning fire pits which are banned by most municipalities, Solus fire pits adhere to municipal bylaws because they are generally fueled by natural gas or propane. Also, because no materials or substances are burned in the fire pit (i.e. waste, paper, plant material, wood or vegetation) you do not require a permit in Vancouver. And if that’s not great news, some burners fueled by ethanol can even be used inside landscape structures such as gazebos. Think of the décor possibilities!

Social benefits of having a fire pit:

Fire has always been a natural draw for those spending time outside. Today’s fire features are more than just focal points; they’re also social magnets. People are just naturally attracted to fire. Most people tell us after they’ve installed a fire bowl, that it becomes a gathering place, a natural conversation pit.

How to choose a fire pit:

Once you have chosen the fuel type (natural gas, propane or ethanol), deciding between a fire pit, fire table or fire bowl comes down to personal preference, functionality and style. The fire table is quite popular because it allows you to place a small plate or a glass on the surface, although we now also offer this ability on our 48″ Hemi firebowl thanks to the new Orbital ring we just launched. Fire bowls on the other hand tend to kick out more warmth and inspire more conversation. Of the Solus product line, the Hemi 36″ firebowl is a big seller.

Solus firetables are great for entertaining

If you’d like to see for yourself which model you’d prefer, feel free to drop by our showroom or give us a call 1(877) 255 3146 so we can answer any questions or concerns you might have.

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Survey says: Fire pits rated top outdoor living feature

It should come as no surprise that more and more consumers are opting for outdoor landscapes that are both relaxing yet entertaining but did you know that more people desire a fire pit than a BBQ? According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits are more popular than BBQs as an outdoor feature according to their recent 2014 survey for hottest outdoor trends.

Halva Hemi 26"
Halva Hemi 26″ overlooking Stanley Park in Vancouver

As you can see below, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces came in third to Lighting (98.3%) and Seating/Dining areas (97.7%) as the most popular or in-demand outdoor living features. It’s no wonder we are seeing a rise in popularity for fire pits. Not only do they provide a substantial amount of heat allowing people to use their outdoor spaces for longer periods during the year, they also provide the perfect, convivial ambiance for social and family experiences that are welcoming, lively and enjoyable. And if that’s not enough, they can also increase the curb value of one’s home.

2014 Outdoor Living Features Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

Lighting – 98.3%
Seating/dining areas – 97.7%
Fire pits/fireplaces – 95.4%
Grills – 94.3%
Installed seating (benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, boulders) – 89.6%
Outdoor furniture – 84.1%
Counter space – 75.5%
Utility storage – 65.5%
Stereo systems – 60.7%
Wireless/internet connectivity – 56.0%
Sinks – 55.0
Refrigerators – 53.7%
Televisions/projection screens – 49.4%
Outdoor heaters – 48.9%
Showers/baths – 46.8%
Outdoor cooling systems (including fans) – 37.2%
Hammocks – 34.1%
Bedrooms/sleeping spaces – 14.9%

Relaxing fire pit
There’s nothing like relaxing around a fire pit…

So what about you? What would your top pick for an outdoor feature be from the above list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.