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'The Endeavour Garden' Landscape Design by Ian Barker for the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.

My Chelsea Wash-Up

After a few weeks in Europe with Lyn and Jonathon I feel back to my normal self. I have been home in Australia for a little while now but before I go on with my Chelsea Wash-up I want to say how overwhelming the generosity of spirit from everyone wishing their congratulations has been.  Being […]

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Jimmy and Ian chat in the garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Assessment, Judging and Sky-High Nerves

It’s Sunday lunch and the first assessment panel have come through. My understanding is that the assessment panel decide the colour of the medal and put the recommendation to the official judges due in tomorrow morning. I had two minutes with the panel to discuss the garden and then they do their thing. They stayed […]

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Jarrod in the pond of 'The Endeavour Garden' designed by Ian Barker Gardens at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Some Tough Decisions

With four days to go I can feel the tension starting to build amongst the crew.  It sneaks up on you how much so many have invested to build this garden and we know that if we make a mistake now it could spell disaster. As for me I am calm again. I have had […]

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The Halfway Mark

  Well, we are over the half way mark now and the time has come to get cracking on the planting.  A lot of the stock is now on site and is looking great, and I’m confident it will look good for judging on Sunday.  One of the most difficult things in a show garden […]

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Failte Irish Garden, Cork City Council by Diarmuid Gavin.

Watching the Pack

It has been a big couple of days from all the show garden teams but it has meant that we can start to get an idea of what they are all going to look like, which is very exciting. Two gardens in my mind are starting to head to the front of the field. This […]

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Limestone facades at Plymouth Harbour,

Looking Back – On Board with Limestone Australia

                Leading up to our time in London, the team behind the construction of this year’s Chelsea show garden worked tirelessly to ensure all our bases were covered and every possible preparation was considered right down to the last detail. Matt and Steve from Apex Landscapes continue to […]

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Basic shape of the pond at the Ian Barker Gardens site at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011.

Day 5, and Counting…

                 I can’t believe it is day five already. The weather has been amazing, meaning we are ahead of schedule.  We are however still doing big days to maximize the good times because we know how quickly it can change. After four days of watching other gardens putting […]

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The crew in arrive in London for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A Fantastic Start

    The last couple of days have been fantastic – on the day the crew arrived (last Thursday) we spent a bit of time finalizing a few remaining items for the garden. The pendant light to hang beneath the canopy was a high priority and I have been looking at a website in Chelsea […]

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Ian choosing a new pebble combination for 'The Endeavor Garden'.

The seasons are against us!

The last two days have been spent taking care of the red tape at the Chelsea Hospital (collecting our passes, ground rules, OH & S etc), sourcing a last minute chandelier and visiting nurseries to check on our plant selections. So far we’ve experienced a mixed bag of ups and downs. I have found some […]

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The Endeavour Garden designed by Ian Barker Gardens for the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show perspective drawing.

The Endeavour Garden – The Chelsea Story Explained

As the preparation for the Chelsea Flower Show ramps up I have noticed that people’s interest is often sparked by the link between Joseph Banks & Australia, and in most people’s minds this often revolves around the botanical discoveries he made on Australian soil. My garden at Chelsea celebrates the entire journey that culminated in […]

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