The start of the year has been an amazingly busy and productive here at BOS, we are full steam ahead with planning what will see our 15th RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden build. This year we are delighted to be working alongside Jo Thompson, who has been asked by Wedgewood to design their garden for the show in May.
A Chelsea Flower Show garden is a huge accolade for us and one which we take very seriously.Planning usually starts at least twelve months prior to the show.
As a Landscape Design and Build company we are aware of the intricacies and cadence of a build at Chelsea.Our part in the project is to support the Designer and deliver the Garden on time and to the highest standard possible. As an RHS Show Garden Judge myself I can see the game from both sides.As an RHS Judge we are looking for Horticultural, Design and Construction detail to a jaw dropping standard that leads the World in terms of quality and excellence.
As the Contract lead I want to work with a team of highly motivated and passionate people.The pace is gruelling from day 1, we have twenty days to build the Garden.By the time we hit the ground every member of the team is fully aware and briefed on their role in the process.Of course, there are occasional issues and challenges that arise during this period, my role is to see these coming, manage them and turn every situation into a win for the team.Hours wise I would not be wrong in saying that every day is a 12-hour stint on site with around an hour each way for travel time.Physical and mental fitness is paramount. Logistics wise, we programme a military style delivery system that relies on minute to minute timetabling.A delivery that is even an hour late an impact on the schedule further up the line.If I 'm being honest with myself the absolute thrill I get out of the whole project is the build phase.It's as stressful as you make it, tight and with a "Drop dead finish line" we simply cannot run over the line with.
"Our focus and attention are always to complete 24 hours before judging begins to allow the garden to take a breath and exhale!"
Once the garden is completed I prefer to make my exit and contemplate next years build, the period between finishing the garden and receiving word on the judging results is a strange sort of limbo.Of course, everyone wants the best results, but experience shows me that remaining sanguine and a little humble throughout the project is the way for us.