"Almost show garden" for RHS Chelsea Flower Show main avenue

Aralia's "almost show garden" trade show garden for main avenue at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 could be a sign of how the gaps will be filled as sponsorship struggles hit the event.

Luxury outdoor furniture designer and manufacturer Gaze Burvill, known for a £36,000 barbecue displayed at 2016’s Chelsea, has appointed Pat Fox’s Aralia for the first time to build a garden "that will give the other show gardens on main avenue a run for their money".

Fox said: "The trade stand has been designed to work almost if it were a show garden, with spatial arrangements that work on both practical and aesthetic levels."

Only seven show gardens have sponsors for Chelsea so far, with M&G (James Basson), Morgan Stanley (Chris Beardshaw), Darwin Property Investment Management (Andrew Wilson), Capco (Lee Bestall), Linklaters (Darren Hawkes), Charlotte Harris (RBC) and Jin Yang (Yunnan Musen Urban Landscape Planning) confirmed. Several designers are 'on hold' awaiting sponsors. In November 2015, Chelsea had 14 confirmed gardens. In November 2014, there were all 15 and in November 2013 there was all 15

Aralia ‘s influence is the ancient Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban, the technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire so the back drop will be of scorched oak, "which allows the modern steam bent oak collections to stand out".

Fox added: "We have also looked to complement and enhance Gaze Burvill’ ethos and values with the introduction of Oak Saplings embedded into the Oak panelling walling, and to centre piece a carcass of furniture to demonstrate the real craftsmanship of these collector’s pieces’.

Gaze Burvill owner Simon Burvill said: "We're excited to be working with Patricia Fox for our display at Chelsea this year, as she brings a renowned edge to contemporary design, and the moment is right to give a design edge to Gaze Burvill in a contemporary environment."

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