As this year’s horticultural hullaballoo dies down for another year, our landscape design guru Barry Burrows reflects on his baptism of fire…
It seems an age ago when we were asked by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to bring our expertise to bear on first foray into the toughest competition in the horticultural calendar, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The ambitious design, tortuous logistics and pressure of Chelsea itself led Stoke to our door, and after overcoming a vast number of hurdles in all aspects of the project, we started construction on site at the Royal Chelsea Hospital at the beginning of May.
One of the main obstacles we came up against were the expectations of a private business being challenged by the delivery of a public body. This reared its head in all aspects of the build-up to the show, with problems occurring with suppliers, PR, scheduling and organisation. A classic conundrum I know, but nevertheless, in the white hot cauldron of Chelsea, the gap between the two was huge both on a practical and political level. [Read more…]
It may have been an Australian team that won Best in Show at last week’s Chelsea Flower Show, but Stoke-on-Trent City Council was also harnessing flower power in its efforts to promote the city as a hothouse technology (Deirdre Hipwell writes), The City Council created a Silver Medal-winning garden at Chelsea that showcased its “international inward investment success story”.
The garden was designed by the council’s in-house landscape team and created by Barry Burrows, a London-based – horticulturist and landscaper who founded Bartholomew Landscaping two decades ago. Mr Burrows said that the garden, which took 17 days to create, was all part of a plan to “put Stoke back on the map”. [Read more…]
Multi award winning Bartholomew Landscaping, the London based landscape gardening company, is the lead sponsor chosen to create a garden for the RHS centenary Chelsea Flower Show in May 2013 for Stoke-on-Trent.
Transformation is the garden theme, designed by the Landscape team at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and which will be brought to reality by Bartholomew Landscaping. Telling the story of the city’s journey from its rich industrial past to its transformation into a modern urban city. [Read more…]