We have been exhibiting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for over a decade, and we thought we would take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of our highlights over the years.
From 2007 until 2016 we always had the open ground space opposite the painting stand. This was used to display a collection of bronzes by renowned South African artist Stella Shawzin. Dramatic balancing figures or fine monumental equestrian figures took pride of place in the most magnificent garden setting we could create. Our last few years of gardens were with Ed Waites and his collection of animal sculptures.
Our paintings shown at Chelsea have always taken their inspiration from flowers and plants, garden themes and the countryside that surrounds us. Our first few years we led with Pieter Wagemans floral still life paintings. We then evolved our exhibitions to broaden the display of paintings on show. Stewart Lees now brings fresh herbs, Martin Taylor the woods and trees of Northamptonshire and Peter van Breda the lights and reflections of London. We have over recent years often led with a painting by a major artist for example this delightful spring apple blossom in Vétheuil, les Pruniers en Fleurs by Claude Monet.
Over the years we have created an exciting studio space from which our incredibly talented artists paint in the open air. Brushes, paints and easels fill the space as new canvases are in front of the public. It makes for an interesting and informative time both for visitors and for our artists. We have a series of videos of our artists working at R.H.S. Chelsea to bring to you.
Last year, in 2019, John Everiss created an incredible garden which marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The garden aimed to strike a balance between paying tribute to the men and women who lost their lives, as well as marking the immense achievement of the Allied operation. After Chelsea, the garden was transported to Normandy and rebuilt at a permanent site above Arromanches overlooking Gold Beach and Mulberry Harbour.