At the Chelsea Flower Show

The highlight of the gardener’s calendar, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a hugely popular event.

It’s the place to go to find out about new plants and gardening ideas. Visitors can see swathes of beautiful colour in displays of The Great Pavilion. Then – of course – there are the amazing show and artisan gardens which this year included the Back to Nature Garden co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Andrée Davies and Adam White. Another 2019 showstopper was the D-Day 75 Garden, featuring a life-size stone statue of D-Day veteran Bill Pendell MM.

Many visitors to the show love shopping too! There’s always a huge range of gardening goodies on offer, from practical accessories to garden art.

Otter Garden Centres is pleased to be an ongoing sponsor of the delightful show stand of Robert James.

Robert Ellis and James Copplestone have worked together for 30 years or so from their workshop in Bridport, Dorset, making beautiful bronze statues inspired by their love of literature.

This year the show stand featured Watership Down and Beatrix Potter characters alongside much-loved favourites from Alice in Wonderland. Any of these would be a lovely addition to any garden.

We think the stand looks great, and the plants from Otter look fabulous, too. It is lovely to have a presence at the amazing Chelsea Flower Show!

To watch a video showing the highlights of the 2019 show, click here.

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Robert James Show Stand

Garden Reuse and Create Challenge – Winners

Earlier this year we launched our Garden Reuse and Create Challenge in association with Radio Plymouth.

The challenge was for Plymouth primary school children to make something creative using items no longer needed, that they found in the garden.

We are delighted to announce the winner, Lana from St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Devonport. Lana won two raised beds with compost and plants for her school. This means that the winning school can have lots of fun ‘growing their own’ this summer! Well done to Lana.



There were also two runners up in the competition.

Firstly, Claudia from Manadon Vale Primary School – this is Claudia’s creation:

Runner up creation

And secondly, Mila from Plymouth School for Creative Arts – here’s Mila’s creation:

Recycled creation

Thank you to everyone who took part, we were very impressed with all your ideas!