Alitex are old favourites at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having exhibited consistently at the show since 1963.
Chelsea sees in excess of 150,000 visitors each year, enjoying what has become the most prestigious ‘pop up’ Horticultural High Street in the world; a show recognised by professional and amateur gardeners alike from around the globe.
The Alitex stand is usually in a prime location on Main Avenue. Rubbing shoulders with the Show Gardens provides all the motivation needed to ensure our stand looks its very best, and hopefully makes a memorable impression. In 2016, we were thrilled to launch our brand new "Ickworth" greenhouse, completing our National Trust collection. The greenhouse was opened by Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust. In addition, our Thomas Messenger greenhouse took centre stage in the Floral Marquee on the Bowdens Hostas stand.
This year we are back on Main Avenue, 334. We will be exhibting the stunning Ickworth and Hidcote greenhouses from the National Trust collection and working with some very exciting partners along the way. Do keep checking back here and on our blog for more news as we get closer to the show!
The stand starts off as bare ground and takes three weeks to create. We begin with the building work and hard landscaping, then install our greenhouses and finally the planting and decorating gives the stand the finishing flourish - horticultural miracles really do take place! The creativity and logistical project planning that goes into the shows means that as soon as one finishes, we start planning the next.
Unlike show gardens, sundries exhibitors are not allowed to win gold medals, which is the realm of the gardens and plants. However our efforts do not go unnoticed by the judging panel who offer a handful of prizes to exhibitors and over the years we have picked up a number of trophies. We were delighted to be awarded a five star gold trade stand award and the Director General's 'Favourite Stand' award in 2016.
If you are ever visiting the show do come and say hello, our greenhouses are often a welcome retreat from the crowds!
To gain an insight to Alitex at Chelsea Flower show, explore our gallery: