RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted on 23rd Jun, 2013

A collection of wheelbarrows through the ages and a stunning floral sculpture called ‘Eternal Spring’ by Marc Quinn where among the celebrations of horticulture past, present and future for the centenary year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. And for the first time at Chelsea, there was a professional chainsaw sculptor, Andy Burgess.

Using timber that would otherwise be disposed of, Andy has a broad portfolio of sculpture, ranging from carving in situ tree stumps, to furniture, restaurant decoration, lifelike owls and the absolute show stealer, the Gruffalo!  Click on this clip to see just how it’s done!


Caroline’s part in this year’s show was to assist Andy in bringing a representation of this work to Chelsea.  This started with planning the concept in November, pacing out the space in Royal Hospital Grounds – a patch of grass beneath bare trees in chilly January, consultation along the way and putting together the planting scheme.  And finally, in May, bringing it all together, assisting Andy and his team with build-up, sourcing the plants (not so easy after this long cold winter/spring!) and planting.

The woodland planting of grasses, Luzula nivea and Deschampsia cespitosa, with ivy, ferns, with Aquilegia, Geranium phaeum and Geranium sylvaticum adding a dash of purple created a natural setting for the owls and their companions.

All the long months of planning and hours of labour paid off, because, on the morning of the Show, Andy was visited by the RHS judge to present an award for the Team’s hard work – great effort for a first appearance at Chelsea in its centenary year, and a first time for chainsaw sculpture.

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