2 March 2012
A visit to see the trees
Last Wednesday Rachel and I had a day return trip to Holland and Belgium. Our first stop was the tree nursery where I have selected a beautiful, ancient pear tree for the garden I have designed for Laurent-Perrier at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012. The tree will be positioned in the corner of the garden to anchor the space to its surroundings and add balance to the large pieces of topiary and the Chelsea Hospital plane trees.
We wanted to see the pear tree again and crucially check that it will fit on a lorry that is the right width to fit through the Bull Ring gates at the Chelsea Hospital showground. The nursery had been concerned that it would require a 3m wide lorry. However, much to our relief, the magnificent specimen is going to require very little pruning to reach its destination in the show garden.
With that resolved we went on to another specialist nursery across the border in Belgium. Here we made our final selection of topiary for the garden. Three majestic pieces of Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia' have been clipped with care over the last 100 years to reach their statuesque sizes. To go with these we choose some pieces of smaller Buxus on legs, which will be perfect along the planting bed to the side of the path.
Having achieved our aims for the day we came home excited about how they are going to look within the garden. To help with their precise positioning and to check the balance of the garden, we are having a scale model of the garden built complete with to-scale trees and plant elements.