It has been a sterling year at the RHS Chelsea Flower show! We received 5 stars for our exhibition stand. Bowles and Wyer worked tirelessly designing and building the stand. The award was the icing on the cake for their efforts. So well deserved! I am also grateful to Knight Frank for their generous sponsorship. It is always a pleasure to work with them.
The sun shone all week and we welcomed lots of old and new faces to the stand. Prue Leith and Deborah Meaden dropped by, as did Annette Mason and Kathy Lette. I did my regular interview with the lovely Kat Orman at BBC Radio Oxford.
We also saw Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess’s Back to Nature Garden went down a storm with visitors. Quite rightly, as it was a brilliant design in partnership with Andrée Davies and Adam White. It was also promoting a really positive message, highlighting the wellbeing benefits of being in the great outdoors. Obviously something I wholeheartedly agree with. Such an inspiration to families and children!
It is always a real pleasure to get out of the studio and talk to collectors. I particularly enjoy seeing people’s reactions to my new sculptures. People were struck by the Grouse and Grouse Flushing, which I was pleased about. And of course the Ammonite Cretaceous and the bronze and stainless steel Ammonite Jurassic Cracked, which looked amazing against the backdrop. I thought my new Lion Head and Lioness Head made a great trio with Caracal Head.
I love the Chelsea Flower show at night. It is a rather magical place when the crowds have thinned out a bit and everything is illuminated. It’s also a good time for me to catch up with other exhibitors and garden designers.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a date in my calendar I always look forward too and this year was one of the best yet. Thanks to everyone who came along to our stand to say hello. See you next year!