Building a Chelsea garden brings together so many different people and trades. When we finish the garden, I will add up exactly the number of people who will have worked on the Laurent-Perrier garden but I bet it will be about 50 people – maybe more. So on the same day that Mark, Gary and Terry are pouring concrete for the water rill, and Graham is planting the hornbeam hedging, Luciano is down at the Crocus nursery working with Spirry to try and determine the exact combination of plants that he wants. It’s a really good idea to spend some time on the nursery looking at the plants because it allows the designer to spend some time, not surrounded by the chaos of Chelsea, to really think about the right combinations.
Finally, Graham won’t thank me for this but Nicolle, from Luciano’s office, came to help us yesterday and I managed to catch them on camera, with Nicolle doing all the work and Graham and Mark just standing around watching!