Leamington to Bloom at Chelsea Flower Show
PUBLISHED: 12:37 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:08 04 March 2014
Royal Leamington Spa is taking a piece of the spa town magic to RHS Chelsea Flower Show - and everyone can get involved! Sarah Windrum discusses Leamington's exhibit.
I was very lucky to hear from Sarah Horne and Debbie Cooke last week about their hugely ambitious and exciting design entry for the Chelsea Flower Show this year. The exhibit will be in the Great Pavilion and is going to be 6 metres in diameter and 4 metres in height making it one of the largest exhibits ventured by even a city let alone a town the size of Leamington. Chris White, the MP for Warwick & Leamington, was also at the event and he looked visibly proud as he told the room ‘the towns of Warwick and Leamington continue to punch above their weight on the national stage’ with Warwick’s Market Hall Museum also recently winning a national competition beating museums in Edinburgh, Berwick-upon-Tweed, and Burnley.
Leamington’s exhibit for Chelsea is the genius of Sarah Horne, the Chelsea award winning florist, and Debbie Cooke of Creative Garden Design, who also has a stream of awards to her name. And Debbie’s presentation at the Mallory Court Hotel simply took my breath away. They have captured every element of the town from the Regency buildings to the River Leam, from the beautiful simplicity of a picnic in the Pump Room Gardens, to a walk through the sophisticated boutiques and independent shops the town is proud to boast. It is truly incredible.
But the story of Leamington at Chelsea gets better and better. Clive Sanderson of Charles Branson Design is donating about £6,000 in labour hours and materials to construct the metal framework structure, Vinteas Tea Room are donating chairs, Round Oak School in Warwick are growing plants, George Worrell Engineering are making the water feature, Kingsley donated design space, Stoneleigh Park are providing space to assemble the exhibit, and the list goes on and on. Listening to the inspiring Stephanie Kerr from BID Leamington speak, I quickly realised this is a project that is going to touch the hearts and lives of every single resident and the exhibit will be coming back to the town as a lasting legacy of what we all achieved working together.
As soon as I left the meeting I got involved simply by signing up to be a Blooming Buddy on their website www.bloomingleamington.com. Make a small donation and you will be entered into a prize draw to win much sought after Chelsea tickets too! Businesses can get involved in sponsorship or you may be able to help with the wish-list, or know someone else who can. Things like accommodation, storage, greenhouse space for plants, compost, to name just a few! Whatever you can give, I just know this is something we are all going to want to say we were part of to our children, our grandchildren, and for generations to come.