The 2013 Chelsea Flower Show will again have a significant Hortus Loci stamp of excellence on tens of thousands of the plants supplied for the top show gardens, smaller gardens and many of the star trade stands including Alitex and Gaze Burvill who are collaborating for 2013.
With just over one year of trading under their belts, Robin Wallis and Mark Straver are off to a flying start for the 2013 show season with world class landscape architects Ulf Nordfjell, Robert Myers, Nigel Dunnett and Chris Beardshaw and celebrated garden designer Jinny Blom for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale turning to Hortus Loci to grow gold medal calibre plants for their Chelsea Flower Show Main Avenue gardens.
RHS show garden judge Andrew Wilson knows a thing or two about quality plants and he and his fellow designer Gavin McWilliam have asked Hortus Loci to source and grow the plants for their ‘Fresh Garden’.
Mark’s expertise in sourcing and growing plants from the four corners of the earth for the biggest horticultural show on the planet is legendary and Robin’s skills at finding those all important ‘designer specials’ that emerge as the most desirable plants of the show, make Hortus Loci the go-to wholesale nursery for all the top designers. Precision logistics ensure lorries are loaded with each designer’s precious plants and deliveries to the showground run like clockwork and are dovetailed into the designer’s timetables. Currently a hectare of land at Hortus Loci is planted up with more than 400 species of plants for Chelsea Flower Show 2013.
CFS 2013 – What will be Hot and What Not? Working so closely with the garden designers puts Mark and Robin in a privileged position when it comes to identifying what will be hot at the show! For 2013 Robin and Mark say look out for a more wild and naturalistic feel! Less is apparently more for 2013 with things being much less primped and preened than in recent years. Mark thinks it could be a follow on from the style planted up so beautifully by Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price at the Olympic Park. Chelsea may have its own Olympic legacy with lots of British natives and original varieties incorporated. Robin says it’s all about food, own grown plants such as herbs and other edibles for culinary use and outdoor entertaining!