Virtual Chelsea – Looking back at Chilstone’s best bits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Thursday, May 21 , 2020
This is the first year in a long while that we won’t be exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea may be cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we can’t wait to return in 2021! Since we are missing the world’s biggest flower show and all the friends we have made over the years, here’s a look back at the great things we have achieved there. Here’s to a virtual Chelsea!
Our Best 5 Gold Star Award Winning Stand
Over the years our stand has won the highest award from the RHS many times, but our favorite was in 2018! In a corner plot near the Grand Pavillion we were overwhelmed by the support of so many friends and customers!
Shortlisted for Product of the year in 2017
Our Leda and the Swan sculpture in marble resin was a shortlisted for the RHS Product of the Year competition at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2017. We were shortlisted from 350 exhibitors to pitch our product to Deborah Meaden and the other judges. A brilliant experience and one we are very proud of! The sculpture designed by Admir Sljivic, is a sleek, contemporary portrayal of the conception of Helen of Troy. The circular piece is as an expression of equal beauty between the Greek god Zeus in swan form as he paired with Queen Leda.
The BBC filmed our show garden in 2011
In 2011 we created a show garden at Chelsea. It was hard work but the Silver-gilt medal was well worth it! Featuring a stone pagoda with a garden swing and blue carpet, it was eye catching. We were very excited to watch it on the BBC coverage! Heather Appleton designed our garden room style garden for The Chilstone Garden.
People’s Award Winning Garden in 2016
In 2016 we helped John Everiss create his Meningitis Now Garden with a bespoke stone temple and engraving. So many charities are represented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show every year. The gardens are always striking and tell a story. This was an incredibly moving Artisan garden that won the BBC People’s Choice Award.
Helping Charities continued with ellenor
Over the years we have supported many charities at Chelsea. We were grateful to Charlotte Hawkins who supported our charity fountain as a patron for Children’s Hospice, ellenor in 2017.
Launching new statues
After our success with our Leda and the Swan statue, which was shortlisted by the RHS for the prestigious Product of the Year Award, we decided to unveil a series of statues on our stand at Chelsea each year. In 2018 we launched Aquila, a life-like bronze eagle designed by Admir Sljivic.
We also launched The Birth of Helen, a unique piece in bronze depicting the hatching of Helen of Troy from an egg, daughter of Zeus.
In 2019 we unveiled our most intricate statue to date, our take on the Greek Myth of Apollo and Daphne. Our nod to Bernini’s classic statue displayed in Rome was made bespoke for a customer who always loved the myth and wanted a version for her own garden.
Chilstone also showcased another bespoke commission, called “Music“. This limited edition piece is cast in bronze resin and featured in last year’s stand at Chelsea. Please contact our team if you would like a bespoke piece made for you.
We couldn’t exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show without the help of our team. Our the skilled craftspeople in our workshop hand craft all our products every day and make a special effort to produce outstanding pieces to take to Chelsea each year with our production manager.
We are also grateful to the garden designers at Sandstone Design who have helped create our stand over the years. Thanks to How Green Nursery for our plants and a HUGE thank you to the team in our office who sort out all the logistics and staff our stand each year. We are a very small company and it takes a massive team effort to produce award winning stands year after year. Our staff our quite a shy bunch, so here is a photo of the team from Sandstone and How Green on our stand in 2017 with our General Manager.
See you in 2021!
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