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Hester Digs all the "sundries" at the Chelsea Flower Show

Dig It! // Gardening & Green Spaces // By Hester Macdonald // June 19, 2017
Provided by // Meier Garden-Centre

Hester Digs! talks about all the "sundries" at the Chelsea Flower Show; from beautiful sculptures to watering cans.

Hester Macdonald Hester Digs all the "sundries" at the Chelsea Flower Show

Once you’ve oohed and aahed your way round the show gardens and the plants, what’s left for you to enjoy at the Chelsea Flower Show? Everything else! The organisation call them “sundries” but this covers pretty much anything you could, or might want, to buy at the show. Statues, watering cans, lawn mowers, trowels, gloves, wellie boots, art, magazines, they are all here and you can buy them all in one place. The best place to start is in the RHS’s own Product of the Year, where they’ve done the hard work and sifted through the brightest and best new arrivals for the year, so you don’t have to.

Statuary and other garden ornaments always feature in this selection, and I was delighted to see that David Harber, a sundial maker and sculptor, had a new product, called the Quiver. It looks like a quiver of silver-tipped arrows that have landed together in a field, and the mirrored stainless steel tips reflect the sky and surrounding greenery beautifully. Imagine how nice this could look uplit at night! 

Not in the competition, but very lovely, were Ian Gill’s fish sculptures. Made of stainless steel and galvanized forged steel, I could see them being easily incorporated into many gardens, seaside or otherwise.

 If you don’t fancy a fish, how about a life size horse statue, made of gold wire?

In the right setting, this could look incredible, I just need to find the right garden…

The Product of the Year always has a few choice pieces of furniture and this year the Gaze Burville company were selected, for their new, super-compact table and chairs, called the Levity.  Designed for use in extra small spaces, the chairs fit neatly under the table, and are made of durable European oak. Having sat in them, I can testify that they are very comfortable, and were perfect for sitting and admiring the very on-trend planting in the display garden.

The trend for growing your own fruit and vegetables is showing no signs of stopping and there were several products for home growers too. I loved the Hip Trug from Burgon and Ball, it’s perfect to clip onto your belt, leaving both hands free for harvesting your precious produce. The trug is rigid, so it won’t squash even the softest of raspberries. 

The other product for those with little space and a taste for growing their own vegetables comes from Haxnicks. It’s a growing unit designed for balconies and terraces, called the Vigoroot Easy Table  Garden. It’s at a good height for standing or seated gardening and the unit is light and portable when not in use, ideal for summer gardeners who like to pack away their plants over the winter. 

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'Hester Digs Chelsea' is sponsored by Meier in Dürnten - Switzerland’s most typical English-style Garden Centre.

Situated between Rapperswil and Hinwill and only 20 minutes from Zurich, Meier is the place where gardeners go. 


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