Designers are hoping to impress at Chelsea Flower Show

Owen Morgan EMN-140514-114947001
Owen Morgan EMN-140514-114947001

Two talented designers are hoping to impress at the prestigious annual Chelsea Flower Show.

Sophie Allport, who has her showroom in King Street Industrial Estate, in Stamford, has been allowed to exhibit at the show for the fifth year in a row.

Sophie Allport with her Green Fingers mug

Sophie Allport with her Green Fingers mug

She said: “It is an important show for us as there are such a huge number of visitors so we gain exposure to a large number of people.

“My designs are inspired by nature and the countryside and therefore appeal to the Chelsea Flower Show visitors. On average we serve 350 customers a day. It’s very busy.”

During the show, she will be showcasing her new Swallow collection and in addition new garden aprons and kneelers.

Also on sale will be her best-selling “Green Fingers” fine bone china mug that is hand-decorated and finished in Stoke on Trent.

Sophie said: “I love the Chelsea Flower Show. It’s one of the highlights of my year.”

Some 165,000 visitors are expected over five days from May 20 with exhibits from foreign countries as well as from Britain.

Sophie added: “The firm has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation and Certificate of Merit for the quality of our stand and products the last few years.”

Owen Morgan, who is based in Langham, is designing the exhibit, which is called The Treasured Space, as part of a collaboration with charity Groundwork UK.

The Treasured Space, which will be on display at Chelsea from Tuesday until Saturday, May 24, seeks to promote environmental sustainability and will have features including a stunning willow sculpture, designed by Derbyshire-based Carole Beavis.

Carole and Owen first crossed paths through an exhibit at the Sculpture Garden at Burghley House.

The garden will include native wildflower meadows and a recycled plastic bottle greenhouse built with hundreds of bottles collected with the help of pupils at Langham Primary School.

The exhibit will demonstrate how everyday outdoor space transforms lives across the UK - which is the aim of Groundwork.

Owen said: “I am thrilled to be designing a garden for the Discovery Area of the Great Pavilion for a major UK charity.

“Visitors will be able to wander through the exhibit and experience a ‘hidden treasure’ garden, with practical ideas they can take home and find out more on how they can get involved.”

This is the second time Owen has joined forces with Groundwork UK. In 2013 ‘Meanwhile Spaces’ was awarded a silver gilt medal at Chelsea.