Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

June 6th, 2012

Professional Chelsea Picture 2So all the hard-work, long hours, preparation and effort proved a spectacular success with the The English Glasshouse Orangery and the Bryan Turner Kitchen being awarded a "Certificate of Merit" for "Outstanding Presentation" – the Trade Stand equivalent of a Chelsea Gold Medal.

The week was a great success and the fact the sun shone everyday made it even more magical although it seems like a distant memory now!

A big thank you to all of our customers who came to see us and enjoyed a glass of wine on the terrace, it was lovely to see so many familiar faces. 

If you didn’t make it this year here are some of the highlights…

The concept of the room was to show that an Orangery can be so much more than just an ‘occasional’ room but can actually create an amazing living space

This concept was delivered so skillfully by Interior Designer Sarah Buxton of Essential Ambience who proved the value of an Interior Designer to really pull together the ideas, colours, textures and materials throughout the rooms to create the maximum ‘wow’ factor.

The scheme was developed from an RHS Orginal Botanical Print and the colours were picked out through the Orangery, nowhere with more effect than on the Kitchen Island which was painted a vibrant Pink (Mischief by the Little Greene Paint Company) which received many compliments. 

The other aim of the collaboration was to show that by considering all of the elements of a building from an early stage the results are always better. By working together with the Architect, the Kitchen and Garden Designers means that truly great design develops.

The Garden Designers at Deakin Lock created a stunning garden for us which worked perfectly in the space and gave the stand a feel of a Show Garden. All week visitors were photographing the stand and it was very rewarding to see peoples genuine appreciation for the work that had gone into every aspect of the design.

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It was very humbling to see the Chelsea Pensioners throughout the week, a constant reminder that this is their home 1st and a flower show 2nd! One of the charities we actively support is Help For Heroes so we felt great pride and it was amazing to see so many of them on Diamuird Gavins spectacular garden on Press Day.

The Orangery was built to the highest standards and was not built as a temporary structure. Because the site returns to fields just a week after the show closes the design was many months in the planning stages but what was created could stand for 50 years, yet within a week the orangery was dismantled, the kitchen returned to our workshops and the plants sold to eager buyers on the last day of the show.

One thing that impressed the judges was the sheer quality of the design, construction and the fittings. This was not accidental, throughout the planning we all committed to deliver at Chelsea exactly the same quality of design and service we give our customers on a daily basis.

Handbuilt bespoke kitchen furniture, the working AGA, the fridge and wine cooler, the boiling water on tap from the Quooker and running water from the stunning Kohler Tap added to the sense that every detail had been carefully considered.

White Cararra Honed Marble by HL Perfitt Ltd looked stunning against the rich pink of the island and ‘Black Forest’ granite on the outer kitchen cupboards gave an elegant sophisticated look against The Little Greene Paint company French Grey cupboards.

Aga chose to launch the new App for the Aga Total Control at Chelsea this year and it turned out to be the perfect week to demonstrate the benefits of this latest iconic model.

With the tempartures outside up in the 80′s it was fantastic to show people how easily the new AGA can be turned on and off and the App received a lot of attention too.

We also included an Aga Fridge Freezer and an Aga Wine Fridge which certaily surprised many people. All the Aga products are built to the high standards and quaility you would expect and the create a very unified, finished feel to the kitchen.

Our lovely friend Galton Blackiston, Michelin Starred Chef and owner of Morston Hall in Norfolk came and cooked for us on Press Day and the food was simply sublime. Using the Aga he prepared incredible Scrambled Eggs, delicious breads and the most unbelievable Micro Breakfast.

We had a host of celebrity visitors throughout the morning who came to look around and enjoy the food, admire the Orangery and the Kitchen as well as the Michelin starred hospitality and the stand was buzzing throughout the day. 


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