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Hertfordshire Company to build Show Garden at World Famous Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 00:16 29 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:35 20 February 2013

Hertfordshire Company to build Show Garden at World Famous Flower Show

Hertfordshire Company to build Show Garden at World Famous Flower Show

Hertfordshire-based landscape contractors Bowles & Wyer Contracts have been chosen to build one of the major show gardens at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Hertfordshire-based landscape contractors Bowles & Wyer Contracts have been chosen to build one of the major show gardens at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.


The event, thought to be the worlds most famous flower show, regularly attracts 160,000 visitors and counts royalty, politicians and celebrities from the arts and show business among its guests. It is universally recognised as the place where gardening trends are created and highest standards of garden design, planting and construction are exhibited.


It is the first time Bowles & Wyer Contracts will be involved in the horticultural event, although company Director, Dan Riddleston, is well-placed to handle the project having bought 12 years experience of medal-winning Chelsea gardens to the company when in joined in 2006.


The company were selected by landscape and garden designer Thomas Hoblyn to build his Homebase Memories of Cornwall Garden, one of 18 show gardens at this years event. Hoblyn said: B&W Contracts was highly recommended by several long-standing Chelsea contemporaries. Dan Riddleston is renowned in the industry for his meticulous organisation and is backed up by a team who are very experienced in building highly complicated gardens under Chelsea conditions, so they were a natural choice for me


The garden will incorporate an ambitious granite-edged natural swimming pool (the first of its kind at Chelsea) and a striking glass-topped circular pavilion with accompanying shadow pool, set amongst wild, naturalistic planting including three significant Scots pine trees.


Bowles & Wyer Contracts will be working with Hoblyn and a team of specialists to create the garden including water expert Andrew Ewing who has designed the complicated water rill system that links the two pools through the centre of the garden and the architect Keith Horn who helped design the striking timber, steel and glass-topped pavilion which rests at the end of the garden.


The granite, which Hoblyn has sourced from the last remaining commercial quarry in Cornwall, will arrive on the site as individual jigsaw pieces weighing in at 1 tonne a piece. The intricate arrangement of each piece needs to be millimetre perfect in order to achieve the desired water flow from the pool to the pond. Dan Riddleston believes it will be the coordination and handling of these kinds of logistics that will achieve another medal-winning garden a garden that promises to be a pleasing contrast to the familiar linear-style Chelsea gardens - easy on the eye, organic and natural.


Bowles & Wyer Contracts who are based near Tring, have been working in Herts for over 15 years. They have built many successful residential projects in region, most recently including a residential garden near Little Missenden and a large country garden in Bledlow Ridge.


Riddleston said: it is great to be back at RHS Chelsea and a pleasure to be working with Thomas Hoblyn on such an exciting project. Its a complex build that require meticulous precision in part, but we are really looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to work with a great team of specialists on the project.

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