Archive for February, 2011
London Plant and Design Show – Build Up:
Just finished 2 days of building – yesterday started early and ended very late – thank you to my brilliant husband and fantastic builder for all their hard work.
It’s Exhausting!!! Everything always takes longer than expected – loading and unloading the van took the majority of the first day and we did not even start building until 3 o’clock.
However, everyone worked hard and by the end of today I am at a fairly good stage. I still have a few things to do tomorrow to finish it off before the 4pm deadline – normal life still goes on, so I can not get up to London until after the school runs. I have a schedule for the next three days stuck to the fridge – so that the kids know who’s supposed to be where, when and with what!
I’ve had no time to prepare a talk for the London Plant and Design show and was fairly relaxed until I heard that John Brooks (MBE) – …”most influential designer in the 20th Century” will also be speaking – I am now wondering why on earth I volunteered to speak.
However, I am really looking forward to this show. I have not visited it before, and it looks like it will be a very intimate and friendly affair – and also over pretty quickly. Plans are already well underway for breakdown on Wednesday. After two and a half days of building we have just 4 hours to get it out of the halls – sounds like a tall order to me.
So, I am well into my second show garden and I realise that I do really enjoy them – I like the buzz, the event organising side, the number of people you need to be in touch with – and seeing a project come together from design to build in such a short space of time. I just wish I could finish our own ‘building-site-of-a-garden’ to the same discerning standard. Seems a long way off right now!
End Of Day 2….getting there
The Martha Schwartz lecture on Thursday night inspirational – her projects were immense and dynamic and I feel like Garden Design might be the tip of the iceberg…perhaps a further career in Landscape Architecture awaits…More on that later.
I had a call from my furniture suppliers today and there has been a mistake with the delivery…not the best news I had all day, as the manufacturers are in Denmark. After establishing that it was pretty improbable that we could get the correct piece of furniture here on time, I have realised that I will have to work with what I have. I’m giving a talk on Show Garden Building at an RHS seminar on Wednesday (yes…the same day as the show is on, nothing like piling on the work load) – and I have included in my talk a section on the fact that mistakes happen and you just have to solve the problem the best way possible. So, I am adamant not to get stressed about it.
We have started to construct the garden so that all is ready for the 2 and a half day build that starts on Saturday. Here is John-William, my trusty builder, steadily cutting the porcelain tiles – not an easy job.
I’m having an evening off tonight and heading up to Oxford to listen to the eminent Landscape Architect Martha Schwartz, and to catch up with some of my college friends who I haven’t seen for ages – can’t wait.