RHS Chelsea Flower Show: David Denyer diary – part 4

by David Denyer on May 13, 2011

Well this is it, now the real countdown begins!

Months of planning for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 will all cumulate over the next week as A Sense of Perspective starts to take shape within the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. I thought I would let you all in on how this will work and the tight schedule the team will be working to.

On Wednesday 18th May I’ll be heading down to the showground to oversee the building of the seven meter by three meter base that ‘A Sense of Perspective’ will stand on. Although erecting the base seems quite a straightforward job, there is actually quite a lot of science involved in getting it just right. We need to make sure that the base is laid entirely level so
that when each doorway is installed it will sit
straight and securely.

Perfection is the key to an award winning exhibit so it’s crucial that every stage of the build, however seemingly simple, is shown the same attention to detail. The base we’ll be using will be coated in white paint, which I’ve specifically chosen to contrast with the grey doorways and give the whole exhibit a sharp, modern finish.

Once the base is erected, work will continue on Thursday when the doorways arrive ready to be installed. I just can’t wait to see them all nine of them standing there. After looking at them on paper for so long it will be fantastic to see them in 3D, all standing proud. The visual impact is going to be incredible. For me this milestone will mark the beginning of Chelsea. The fun and hard work will begin!

On Friday we will be taking delivery of all the many different types of flowers that will be used to dress the doorways. It will be an early morning start for David Ragg and I but the thrill of unpacking every single stem is so rewarding. As promised Landgard have pulled out all the stops to source the flowers I need for the exhibit. I’ve also been working with them to try and source a few flowers that are new on the market and may not have been seen over here in England yet. If we can pull this off, it could really create an extra talking point for ‘A Sense of Perspective’. You’ll have to watch this space for more news.

Once all the flowers are unpacked we will spend the rest of the day sorting them out into colours, working out which will be used on each doorway. The most magical part of Chelsea for me is what comes next… dressing the exhibit!

Hundreds and hundreds of flower heads will go into making the design and each of these will have to be cut and placed into the soaked foam. As well as having a signature colour, each doorway will have lots of texturing and blocking of flower types. To add a little humour to the doorways, as well as rhythm and movement, we will be using hose pipe, wood veneers and some other very unusual accessories.

But all this will have to wait just a few more days. Until then all I can do is cross jobs off my “Things to do list”. I actually enjoy this part because it sets me up mentally for the task ahead. Overall I’m feeling prepared and confident. I’m ready to show the world A Sense of Perspective.


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