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A look behind the scenes on the AGS Exhibit at Chelsea 2007

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Contribution from John Humphries 20 May 2007, 00:56top / bottom of page
And so it Begins

Friday 11th of May and the first arrival at the Great Pavillion.

And so it Begins
The first day of actual construction work was the Saturday 12th May

The design by our editor Christopher Grey-Wilson was to show alpines in a modern context (patio and raised beds) whilst also showing off our more traditional displays of the differing environments in the wild where the plants are found.

The first day of actual construction work was the

Although this diagram is only a rough view of what might be it serves to show the different areas available.

These centre in build terms around the setting up of the Pool and waterfall or Rill.

Manufacture was carried out in our presidents engineering works and the whole assembly arrived with concise instructions, (get on with it) and a packet of nuts and bolts.

I must say, for simplicity and functional design it beats any household name for Rill manufacture.

Achieving a perfectly level bed for the Rill took some time!!

The rest of Saturday was spent unloading a ton of sleepers and constructing the Kicking board.

As you are not allowed to excavate inside the Pavillion, we have to build up from ground level.

Contribution from John Humphries 20 May 2007, 01:26top / bottom of page
As planned this spilled over into Sunday
As planned this spilled over into Sunday
When the arrival of our Editor and Designer lent purpose to the activi

The Whole construction was duly secured in place with a few judicious knoks with the mallet on the tent pegs selected for the purpose of stopping our efforts moving.

When the arrival of our Editor and Designer lent p
Next the infill, Build Grade Polystyrene.

Far easier to handle than 12 Tonnes of sand!

Next the infill, Build Grade Polystyrene.
The same cannot be said for the sleepers

Anyone who has ever tried to use sleepers will understand the work involved in moving and selecting several times before the correct combination is achieved, and that's without consideration of 5 high and a judging panel the following week.

The same cannot be said for the sleepers

That's without the seemingly random lack of accuracy involved in matching 6ft (plus or minus 2 inches), some of which have been cut in half, and many of which have assorted major blemishes and twists.

However, perseverence was rewarded finally.

With no sleepers to spare, it was a question of best fit. Finally achieved after multiple moves, measures, lifts and grunts.

However, perseverence was rewarded finally.

Well done team, a huge amount of effort involved and a good end result.

More to follow.

At the end of Sunday we were on target, ready for the trees delivery on Monday and our pavers from the midlands.

Contribution from John Humphries 20 May 2007, 23:44top / bottom of page
Monday and Trees are both delivered and brought in.

Also we have a cheery team of pavers from the Midlands Rickard and B.I.L (brother in law)otherwise known as Paul.

Their first job though no-one knew it was to unload 2 tonnes of Compost delivered at 7.30 instead of 12.30 as expected.

I'm rather glad I was out collecting Acers from a local nursery at the time, though they were able to unload direct from the van.

Next, what they came for. Laying about 10sq meters of Raj Green paving from Stoneworld.

As you know, with tiling and paving, laying full tiles/pavers is easy. The devil is in the number you have to cut, and how intricate those cuts have to be.

Here on each side we have 44 full tiles and 26 cuts!!

It's much easier with bigger areas.

Then came the bigger trees!

A remarkably small van drove up and a 6'7" giant haystacks climbed out cheerfully handed us two grappling irons and opened the back of the van to 4 lery large rootballed trees. Betula nigra multi stemmed and weighing about 2 cwt each. These had quite an impact, as all four of us dragged each off the back and readied to lift them to the platform.

There are no photos of this as we had our hands full. However they looked good once in situ.

Contribution from John Humphries 21 May 2007, 00:01top / bottom of page
Positioning the rocks

The great thing with Rockways rocks, is that you can push them about. Richard and Paul had brought the rocks from Pershore.

Rockways lightweight artificial rocks which we've now used in 2 Chelseas and 1 Hampton Court event.

You'll note on the floor, about a ton of Pershore's finest tufa. That was not so easy and we left that for a later day.

Lunch and contemplation of what, where, when.

So we set the rocks how we wanted them, never to return to this formation. That being the problem with lightweight rocks, they are too easily moved!!

To be fair, as you'll see later, this is more or less the setup.

Contribution from John Humphries 21 May 2007, 00:21top / bottom of page

You have to remember, no electrics and that you have to leave the pavilion to cut stone??


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