In a press statement issued 17th March 2020 the Royal Horticultural Society announced the cancelation of all events until 30th June 2020 which includes Chelsea Flower Show.  Read the full announcement at – https://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/policies/coronavirus-statement

 

I was excited to hear a week or so ago that a pond of Koi was to appear at the 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a show which co-incidentally I already have tickets to visit for the first time.  Whilst Koi have appeared previously in display gardens at the show, we understand that this is the very first time that Koi, or indeed any livestock, has appeared as part of a display inside the Grand Pavilion which the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) describe as, ‘A floral feast to delight your senses.  Chelsea’s Great Pavilion is home to some of the world’s best nurseries and growers from all over the globe.’

We first learned of the project from Tim Waddington at Quality Nishikigoi who have been commissioned to design and construct a temporary pond of around 2200 gallons which will be the centrepiece of one of the stands.

Temporary pond under construction at Quality Nishikigoi

Temporary pond under construction at Quality Nishikigoi

As I spoke to Tim more about the project he explained that the pond had been commissioned by a nursery that specialised in Hostas and had won 7 consecutive gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show, from 2013 to 2019.

My mind immediately thought back to the 2019 Hampton Court Flower Show where I’d been wowed by a stunning ‘Gold’ winning Hosta display in the Floral Marquee and I dug out a few photos to send to Tim.

Brookfields Plants display at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Brookfields Plants display at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Brookfields Plants display at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Brookfields Plants display at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Brookfields Plants display at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Brookfields Plants display at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Lo and behold, it transpired that Tim’s client was none other than Paul Harris of Brookfield Plants who had put on the display above.


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On Sunday I was to learn that not only is Paul Harris the owner of Brookfield Plants, he’s also a fellow Koi keeper and member of the South East Koi Club where he attended the presentation I was giving.

I can only concur with Tim Waddington when he says, “It’s not just an exciting project for us, but for the whole industry.  To have some Koi on display at Chelsea should be good exposure for everybody connected with the Koi industry.”

In the video below Tim explains more about the construction of the temporary pond which will run using Evolution Aqua 20″ K1 micro bead, a EVO55w UV and a 20,000L Varipump.

 

You can find Quality Nishikigoi at – https://qualitynishikigoi.com – and on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/QNKoi/


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Brookfield Plants can be found at – https://www.brookfieldplants.co.uk – and on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/Brookfield-Plants-1471110603107537/

You can find out much more about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and order tickets, at – https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show – the show runs from 19th May to 23rd May 2020.


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