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London Office Plants at the Chelsea Flower Show

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It was a big week last week. Our London office plants staff were all at Chelsea looking at the show gardens, gaining inspiration for some 2011 designs. We see that Cleve West’s Daily Telegraph garden, won best in show at the Chelsea Flower Show. It is his fourth garden at Chelsea, where he won Gold Medals in 2006 and 2008. West declared: “Words cannot express how delighted I am feeling today. I would like to thank the entire team, including Crocus, which worked tirelessly to prepare and build this garden.”

The design was loosely inspired by the Roman ruins at Ptolemais in Libya. Key features include a sunken space using reclaimed Cotswold stone for paving and walls, Sophora japonica trees and contemporary sculpture. West added: “We have created a mixture of traditional and new styles which produces an interesting energy so I hope it gives people the inspiration to do the same.”

The London Office Plants staff agreed that the best urban garden was Jamie Dunstan’s Winds of Change, which was sponsored by Stockton Drilling.

The Korean garden Hae-woo-so (Emptying One’s Mind) created by Jihae Hwang won best garden in the new artisan category.

Among the Gold Medals awarded were Chetwood’s and Collins’ B&Q Garden, Diarmuid Gavin’s Irish Sky Garden, Jim Fogarty’s Australian garden and Sarah Eberle’s Monaco Garden.

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London Office Plants at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011

The Chelsea Flower Show is finally here and the latest and greatest London Office Plants are on show in the Grand Pavilion. This year as ever, Her Majesty the Queen visited Chelsea on press day, causing quite a stir in her hair net.


Chelsea is bigger than ever this year, which is testament to the size of the horticultural industry. The Grand Pavilion at Chelsea is 12,000 square feet and is absolutely packed with the latest and best plants in Britain. But what makes the horticultural industry a £162 billion global industry?

The answer may go back to our evolutionary roots. People want to be surrounded by green spaces, be that in urban spaces, in their own gardens or in the workplace. Our evolutionary response the the urban environment is to feel better in green spaces. People want to be situated in calmer, more natural environments. Companies which have realised this and have used office plants to make their work environments greener and more natural have seen productivity and employee satisfaction rise and absenteeism and employee sickness fall.

In London Office Plants are one way of greening the work place. By simulating the natural environment in the work place we are are satiating our evolutionary needs. This is also in evidence as urban planners realise that green space has to be incorporated into new developments in our towns and cities.

Chelsea Flower Show Wild Garden

The Royal Bank of Canada New Wild Garden at Chelsea demonstrates this. A shipping container sits within a garden of naturalistic planting and shows no matter how hard or industrial the environment may be, it can be completely transformed with planting.

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