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The preparation of the societies garden at Chelsea 2008

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Contribution from John Humphries 10 May 2008, 15:10top / bottom of page
Saturday 10th May 2008, the first delivery into the Great Pavilion

Here we are again at Chelsea, this should be a daily diary of pictures and comments from the build process at this year's Chelsea exhibit sponsored by Clifford Chance LLP.

An so it begins...

With less construction work to carry out this year we have rather less of the initial workload, nevertheless when you arrive to a blank canvass, it is often difficult to believe that the required transformation will be possible in just 8 days.

An so it begins...
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First task on arrival is to contact the Grand Pavilion Co-ordinators, find out where we can lay out our materials, ie which neighbours will be arriving last.

Then you have to lay the basic groundwork for the stage.

The famous Chelsea Ammo boxes some of which go back to 1948 in their construction and can be used in 3 basic ways to adjust the heights.

Next, we unpack the van, this is the first one this year.

Basically all I have here are a few trees selected from local nurseries and collected yesterday.

Next, we unpack the van, this is the first one thi
Robin Selby and his team have to be located.

In order to lay the table top you first have to locate Robin Selby, one of the fantastic team at Chelsea who keep everything running behind the scenes, Robin is responsible for assisting everyone in the basic build of each exhibit.

Before you know it, you've done all you can by yourself on the first day, the stage is set for 3 van loads tomorrow, and it's time to set off and start reloading in preparation.

Contribution from John Humphries 17 May 2008, 08:50top / bottom of page
By the end of Sunday evening, we have bare bones of Construction

With three more vanloads delivered on site during Sunday morning, we have all the basic materials assembled to bring together the construction of the hard landscape.

By the end of Sunday evening, we have bare bones o

Contribution from John Humphries 17 May 2008, 09:00top / bottom of page
With artificial rocks from Rockways we can construct a multi tonne gar

The equivalent in real rock would require hoists, gangs of men. As it is we have the immense strength and untiring propensity to get everything right for Chelsea of Dick Bathe. Huge thanks to Dick for his behind the scenes efforts which makes things work as intended. No Lucky Accidents here!

With artificial rocks from Rockways we can constru
Monday 12th, and the team comes together to build the jigsaw

Ray Drew, designs and plants the woodland side, while the basic shape of the rock placement begins to evolve.

Monday 12th, and the team comes together to build
Flexibility, and the experience of the team combine to realise the des

With these rocks, not only can we build at table height, but they can be budged about and 100 different configurations tried. Even the hole for the pond can be moved to suit.

Flexibility, and the experience of the team combin
The plants are on their way

There will be more pictures posed here tonight on the planting.

Please add a comment here now, as the more comments that are placed, the more pictures I will post.

Contribution from John Humphries 18 May 2008, 00:45top / bottom of page
Here is one more showing the placing of some of the elements

Not everything is lightweight, and some of the tree stumps are a two person lift, so a lot more careful thought was required on the woodland side.

Bearing in mind that none of these pieces of wood had been seen by anyone else in the team before this day(Monday 12th).

Tuesday and Wednesday are shopping days

Various members of the team are out collecting plants from the specialist nurseries who have given us lots of support through the years.

Tuesday and Wednesday are shopping days

These are delivered throughout the day on Thursday and the team set about cleaning them and preparing their planting sites.

Meanwhile the design team Kit Grey-Wilson ably assisted by Ray Drew on the woodland planting, survey the site, the plants available and consider how to clothe the exhibit to its best advantage.

The trees are placed with 'sighters' on each side giving advice as to best mix. Holes are cut through for some pots too high to remain hidden in the exhibit profile.

The 6" running board gives an idea as to the overall basic depth.

Over and above this, the rocks and wood are packed up to their respective final heights.

The 6
The first bog is constructed, a 6" deep pool.

This is a simple construction with 1/4" ply held in place with brackets and a 10' by 8' scrap of liner used to make a waterproof area. seemingly fed by a tiny rivulet in the wood pile adjacent.

The first bog is constructed, a 6
More of the bogs later

In the meantime work continues on the scree side of the exhibit.

More of the bogs later

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