Towards the end of May, Qube Buildings had the privilege of visiting one of the biggest events of the spring calendar, the RHS Chelsea Flower show 2022. As a small business passionate about sustainability and the environment, it was exciting to visit the show this year and connect with other like-minded individuals and exhibitors, all keen to contribute towards a cleaner, greener future for our planet.
A vast sea of small businesses and retailers lined the main avenue upon entrance to the show, many selling unique sustainably made goods or environmentally friendly products to use in gardens back home, including solar powered irrigation sets and innovative planters made from recycled sea waste. You could even bag yourself a door mat to wipe your muddy boots on, woven from thread recycled from fishing industry waste and landfill!
Sustainable Gardening is the future
As you head further into the heart of the show an abundance of exhibitors, designers, retailers and nurseries filled every possible corner of the stunning 23 acre expanse in the heart of the Chelsea Royal Hospital grounds. It was a visual and sensory experience, tantalizing our senses.
It was clear to see a distinct thread running through the show this year, with a strong focus on smart ideas that show how to garden more sustainably and give materials a new lease of life. It was particularly interesting to see a host of designers incorporating reclaimed materials in the beautifully designed showcase gardens, including paving which featured heavily in the colourful urban design by Cityscapes designers Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison for St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots Garden. A mix of brightly coloured recycled glass slabs and reclaimed pavers from Arit Anderson’s garden were used within the design of this garden, taken from the last Chelsea Flower Show. Repurposing in action!
How to garden more sustainably
One particular designer caught our attention with his super stylish window boxes made from a composite material, derived from recycled plastic yoghurt and plant pots. William Murray, who designed the eye-catching Potting Balcony Garden used this same material as a surface for his space-saving potting bench, sitting on top of the bright and joyful yellow cupboard doors beneath.
Reflecting on our time at Chelsea this year, it is both encouraging and exciting to see the passionate commitment in which designers and retailers are working towards a more sustainable future for everyone to enjoy. Qube Buildings are thrilled to join alongside many others, pioneering innovative and eco-friendly solutions to meet our everyday needs. We can help you design a beautiful, sustainably made garden studio or home office, and create a perfect space for the whole family to enjoy for years to come.