September 15, 2016
Over the last week or so we’ve been working at one of our regular venues, RHS Garden Wisley. The annual RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show ran between 6-11 September and this year was the biggest yet, featuring over 55 nurseries and 21 trade stands. Inside Outside supplied two large marquees, one 30m x 20m and the other 25m x 20m. In addition to this, we also provided eight smaller marquees for some of the trade stands.
The event was opened by actress Dame Penelope Keith, renowned for her role as Margo Leadbetter in the TV sitcom The Good Life (for those who remember the 70s!), who lives in Surrey and is a passionate gardener. Far more pleasant than the snobbish Margo, Dame Penelope welcomed the public who had flocked to visit the show, and so began a six-day floral extravaganza.
So what was in the marquees?
One marquee housed the National Dahlia Society Show, featuring over 100 exhibitors all keen to win coveted first prizes in a range of categories – over 1,800 blooms were showcased. RHS Wisley also ran the RHS People’s Dahlia competition on 10 and 11 September. A great way to prove that it’s not just the professionals who can cultivate award-winning blooms, keen gardeners were invited to bring along their own home-grown prized dahlias to be judged. Needless to say, the flowers were the focal point so the marquee interiors were kept relatively simple, allowing the displays to really stand out and demand the attention they so deserved. The other marquee was occupied by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (Surrey area) and filled to the brim with stunning floral displays created to convey a theme of ‘Not Quite Strictly’.
And while the exhibitors took full control of ensuring a colourful wow factor everywhere visitors turned, Inside Outside took responsibility for ensuring one crucial detail was dealt with. With such unpredictable weather recently, we made sure that the success of the event wouldn’t be compromised if things got wet underfoot, installing raised boarded flooring and carpets – a simple but very necessary measure to take at this time of year.
As things turned out, summer kindly decided to make a reappearance for most of the time. However, Saturday was very rainy so it was reassuring to know that RHS Garden Wisley’s lawns were suitably protected and will quickly look as good as before once the marquees have been taken down – with over 52,000 visitors over the six days, the grass would have suffered through a combination of heavy footfall and continual rain on the penultimate day.
It’s always a pleasure to work at RHS Garden Wisley, whether our marquees are hosting the wedding celebrations of a newly married couple or an admiring crowd is celebrating the sheer beauty of what Nature – and some clever green fingers – can create.
Next time you need a marquee for your event, call Inside Outside. We guarantee a quality service and a marquee that is fit for purpose.