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Acclaimed Houseplant Studios To Return To The RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Following a showstopping year in 2022, the Houseplant Studios area is returning to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May

Malvern Garden Buildings have supplied the garden studios for the plateau in Ranelagh Gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for almost a decade. Last year, they became home to six houseplant specialists, who showed visitors to RHS Chelsea how they too could bring the splendour of growing to interior spaces. Malvern Garden Buildings’ Planet Studio, designed by James Whiting of @Plantsbythere, won Gold and the accolade of Best Houseplant Studio. 

With the trend for houseplants showing no signs of slowing down, this year five new houseplant enthusiasts will use the garden studios to showcase their designs and give visitors the inspiration to create plant-filled rooms of their own.

Happy Houseplants X The Plant Rescuer At Cheslea Flower Show In The Malvern Garden Buildings Studio Pavillion
Happy Houseplants X The Plant Rescuer At Cheslea Flower Show In The Malvern Garden Buildings Studio Pavillion

Meet the houseplant designers

Beards & Daisies, founded by Jo Lambell, will create Plant School. The design will showcase Planting the Future, inspired by the work of two of the greatest environmental campaigners of our time – David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg. Jo’s garden will be a nostalgic nod to 80s and 90s primary schools, whilst taking a look at how schools might operate in the future, with ‘pedal powered’ lighting, a vertical grow your own produce patch and mood-boosting plants to help keep pupils focused.

Also in show will be Geb & Green, with their laundry room family home design; Steam. Clean. Plant. Repeat. Their garden will raise awareness of how the UK houseplant industry can be more environmentally friendly than it is at present and showcase a solution to how existing growing practises can be changed to reduce their significant carbon footprint. Plant care and growing guidance will be shared in a fun way reflecting laundry care guidance. Geb & Green’s design will leave visitors feeling educated and empowered to make a change.

Will Clayton, one of the founders of Geb & Green, says: “Many people simply don’t know that houseplants are contributing to climate change by using peat as a growing medium. The studio provided by Malvern Garden Buildings is the ideal space for us to demonstrate to visitors how to grow their houseplants sustainably.”

London-based Botanical Boys, founded by Ben Nel and Darren Henderson, will create Botanical Recharge – designed by Trudy Ruane. Visitors can experience the serenity of handmade terrariums and a houseplant haven, connecting them intimately with nature. Their design will offer a place to enjoy a mindful and rejuvenating microcosm of greenery. 

Designer Trudy Ruane says: “The inspiration behind my design is The Botanical Boys, Ben and Darren. Their love for nature and handmade objects from across the world have been brought together in this studio, which offers a place to recharge via the world of terrarium building and houseplants. Using products from their carefully curated store, I have been able to create a space in which to become immersed in nature while daydreaming of travels and escaping the outside world.”

Also featuring in the Houseplant Studio area is The Language of Plants – a collaboration between houseplant shop Growtropicals and design agency ATYPICAL. The garden will showcase a new typeface that incorporates the varied organic forms of leaves and stems, creating a unique design language that celebrates the beauty and complexity of plants. The intersection between design and nature can give rise to new forms of beauty.

Lincolnshire-based Tropical Plants UK have teamed up with designer Sarah J Hatherill of Well Street to showcase their design Keep Calm – Grow British. Their studio will demonstrate how plants can transform an ordinary office space into a healthy, serene sanctuary, whilst promoting the importance of sustainable growing and backing British horticulture.

The Planted House At Chelsea Flower Show Using Malvern Garden Buildings Studio Apex
The Planted House At Chelsea Flower Show Using Malvern Garden Buildings Studio Apex

Bringing your home to life with plants
Andrew Peck, Managing Director at Malvern Garden Buildings, is excited to see how the buildings will be utilised by the designers this year: “The Houseplant Studios area was an amazing spectacle last year and we’re looking forward to seeing the wonderful spaces that the designers will create this year.

“By providing our practical and usable buildings for the area, the houseplant designers can demonstrate to visitors that they too can bring their homes to life, quite literally, with plants. We hope that visitors are inspired to create their own place to relax, entertain, work or simply get closer to nature.”

Find out more about the RHS Chelsea 2023 Houseplant Studios and the designers on the Malvern Garden Buildings website.

Discover a place to relax, work or entertain

Visit one of Malvern’s showsites in Buckinghamshire or Berkshire where you can browse an extensive range of premium British-made garden studios curated by a friendly team of garden building experts.

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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