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

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Contribution from John Humphries 21 May 2007, 00:25top / bottom of page

Meanwhile we carried on with the more mundane jobs!!

While the lads completed their task with some considerable expertise.

Leaving us with a very fine basic canvas on which to carry out the soft landscape.

With a rough fill of compost and holes cut to drop the trees through so that a 12" pot does not sit too high we were finished for the first part of the task.

Contribution from John Good 28 May 2007, 23:22top / bottom of page
And it was all very worthwhile!

Fascinating seeing all the work involved in building what turned out to be a Gold Medal winner - and how nice to see the people working behind the scenes, which at Chelsea as in all the AGS's activities, make things happen.

Contribution from John Humphries 29 May 2007, 18:19top / bottom of page
There will be more to be added to this, have been a tad busy

Doing a bit of catch up on the day job in the meantime as the compressed timescales forced by the late entry to the Grand Pavilion lost us the first May bank holiday week-end and meant that I had to take more leave than intended.

Contribution from John Humphries 15 June 2007, 23:22top / bottom of page
Continuing on with the planting and preparation

Thursday before the show is due to open. With the hard landscape done as far as possible it is now time for the stars of the show to arrive.

Continuing on with the planting and preparation
With 5 deliveries of plants, space is at a premium

Straight away the team gets set to the task of cleaning everything from moss to trees.

With 5 deliveries of plants, space is at a premium

While initial planting begins at a very slow and careful pace.

Here Tim Lever and Kit Grey-Wilson discussing the merits of the lovely Nomocharis paranthina Tim has brought down from Aberconwy.

As the day progresses the planting begins to take shape.

While the neighbouring NAFAS have a JCB to help them with their flower bower arranging.

Here we see the bare bones of our bog to be.

Finishing the day with a view of just how cramped things can be at this stage. Although already you can see the Tufa blocks in place ready to be planted.

Contribution from John Humphries 16 June 2007, 00:37top / bottom of page
A little picture note on planting up the tufa

First you need a good size drill with some extra drillbits.

A little picture note on planting up the tufa

Here Tim is preparing a couple of new holes ready for plants.

The hammer and cold chisel come in handy to join up the smaller holes drilled.

Much like a dentist, make sure you have an attractive young assistant standing by with the vacuum to get all the loose bits out.

That done, you can actually use those loose bits to mix back in with your planting medium, or use the chunks previously chipped out with the chisel to dress the hole once your planting is done. In this case Physoplexis comosa.

Contribution from John Humphries 16 June 2007, 07:54top / bottom of page

I need feedback on whether this string is too long. I've just tested by clearing out my internet cache...ie all the pictures I've already looked at and it reloaded faster than my poor old PC could scroll down, so I'm assuming anyone on broadband will have no difficulty.

The last little set and the following are now taken on the Friday before the opening of the show on Monday.

That being the case, Ray Drew can be seen from time to time emerging from his planting area, to select some plants, here seen behind Val Lee working tirelessly on planting and preening.

At this stage, Friday morning, Ray disappears into the middle of the stand in the wooded area to disguise all those root balls where the trees are and to interplant with a few choice shadelovers.

Pam Turtle as ever, putting finishing touches on cleaning plants ready for Ray and others to use.


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