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May 31, 2016, 06:19 PM

Lichen, Lassco and Architectural Heritage at Chelsea flower show

By Thornton Kay

Garden of British Eccentricity and Lassco gate [photo BBC

Cleve West's garden with Lichen's stone [photo RHS
Chelsea pensioner on the Architectural Heritage stand [photo AH

London South West, UK - Garden antiques, old architectural ironwork and reclaimed flagstones and walling stone were seen among some of the winning exhibitors at the 2016 RHS Chelsea flower show last week.

Lichen Garden Antiques has exclusive rights to sell the four birdbaths from the gold medal-winning M&G show garden designed by Cleve West. The garden was a year in the planning and Lichen supplied 80 tonnes of stone for the design which is Cleve West's sixth gold medal at Chelsea. The company also supplied stonework for Hugo Bugg's Bank of Canada show garden this year which won a silver gilt medal. Lichen has now supplied five gold medal-winning gardens and two best-in-show gardens at Chelsea over the years. Cleve West was inspired by Exmoor where he spent his childhood, creating a spinney of oaks surrounding a rocky pool fed by a babbling stream - complete with attendant plantings. A trip down memory lane packaged up for Chelsea, someone said.

LASSCO Three Pigeons contributed the 1920s garden gate for Diarmuid Gavin's silver gilt Heath Robinson-inspired garden of British eccentricity sponsored by Harrods and built in County Kildare. 'Salvaged York stone was sourced by Kilsaran Paving of Dunboyne' wrote ageing juvenile Diarmuid, 'We are the only garden in the history of the flower show to be run by a youngster, a remarkable 16-year-old transition year student, Pierce Redmond of St Gerard's in Wicklow. Brought along for the experience, he established himself as indispensable Appreciation must go to Pol Gallagher of Zap Architects from Donegal and based in London, who turned my dreams of bobbing plants, twirling trees and a garden folly which doffs its hat to the gathered crowds of expectant gardeners into a reality. It's no surprise that his imagination is being harnessed by Dublin City University and the developers of the old BBC TV Centre in Shepherds Bush.'

Regular Alex Puddy of Architectural Heritage stood at Chelsea this year. During set-up he wrote, 'I have a burnt nose and it's now raining so therefore it must be Chelsea Flower Show time! Scorching hot days interspersed with torrential rain for set up (now thankfully all done), it is with just one day to go my only hope is that we all have good weather for the Show (it's a long day and I have a very small hut). So to find us this year we are in a new and I think improved position near the Embankment entrance being, for Chelsea regulars, opposite my Cotswold sculptor neighbour Rupert Till, or for a landmark we are tangential to Diarmuid Gavin's 'Clockwork Garden' - seeing is believing .. This year I am exhibiting our planter range both lead and copper - the centre piece being our truly ENORMOUS copper planter with planting by my wife - Katie Guillebaud (small family plug!), please see picture below and more images to follow on the Show. New in stock and at Chelsea is a marvellous bronze by David Wynne 'Flying Swans' (for the Show being not half a mile down the Thames from his most famous work 'Boy with Dolphin'), it is a single bird taking off representing the five Nordic states and is the large maquette edition in 6 casts for the truly monumental version at the Civic Centre Newcastle-upon-Tyne - another being in Texas! It is an interesting note, and somewhat of the moment, that David Wynne designed the 50p coin with nine hands joined, representing the UK joining the EU ... '

After the show Alex wrote, 'A good show in a new position for us very close to Diarmuid Gavin's eccentric clockwork garden. Sales were evenly spread throughout the show week with confirmation on a large bronze of Giambologna's Mercury coming a couple of days after the show. The sun shone, I talked to new and old clients and we will be back next year.'

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Lichen, Lassco and Architectural Heritage are Salvo Code members

Lichen Garden Antiques

Architectural Heritage

LASSCO House & Garden Ltd

Irish Independent: Diarmuid Gavin: it's showtime
RHS Chelsea: The M&G garden

Story Type:  News

ID: 95093

Date Modified: June 02, 2016, 05:39 PM

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