An Award winning, record breaking summer!

Wow – what a summer! According to the Met Office, summer 2018 could rank as one of the 10 hottest summers on record.  We can believe that!

Our pretty roof terrace at the Kings Road showroom is home to Manutti’s Zendo corner garden sofa  – and it’s been receiving plenty of visits! We lost it for a few days however as the garden design team behind a Show Garden at the recent RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show asked if they could borrow it.  We were delighted and, guess what, the garden won a Gold Award!

Breckland Beauty Garden RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Breckland Beauty Garden
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The prestigious show is held in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace every year and, if you’ve never been, make a note in next year’s diary. If you have visited – lucky you!

Breckland Beauty Garden was designed and built by Jody Lidgard, Nicholas Fryer and Tim Lidgard at Bespoke Outdoor Spaces. And it really was a beauty. Breckland is an area in Norfolk and the garden was designed to capture a snapshot in time of the interchangeable Norfolk landscape.  It also included a pretty pond, inspired by a ‘Pingo’s’ post-glaciation kettle pond, one of many found in this area of Norfolk and home to lots of native wildlife. ‘Pingo’ (in case you’re wondering) is apparently an Eskimo word for hill.  We’re not sure how this ties in with ponds… or how Eskimos got involved, but these ponds are quite rare – created at the end of the last ice-age and, in this part of the world, largely left untouched since then.

Inspired by one of the many 'Pingo's' post-glaciation kettle ponds found in this area of Norfolk
Inspired by one of the many ‘Pingo’s’ post-glaciation kettle ponds found in this area of Norfolk

The team set the garden within the grounds of an ‘old farmhouse on the edge of a village’,  surrounded by scrubby, sparse woodland. It was incredibly tranquil with lots of stunning planting, including aromatics, with contrasting textures and forms. To find out more about the garden you can check it out here.

As for our Manutti Zendo corner sofa – it looked just fab.

Manutti Zendo corner garden sofa
Manutti Zendo corner garden sofa

We think this shows just how versatile the Zendo is.  Perfectly at home in a Norfolk ‘wildlife garden’ in a rustic farmhouse, or sitting on the terrace of a Chelsea townhouse.  With credentials to suit both: completely modular (create your own shape to fit the space you have) weather-proof and covered in the same high tech fabric as used on smart yachts, with quick-dry, fast-draining cushions. And as comfortable as any indoor sofa we know of.

Manutti Zendo garden sofa
Manutti Zendo garden sofa

Manutti are world experts in the design of outdoor furniture and they use only materials that are built to last… for years; seams that are welded as well as sewn for extra durability; cushions that are specially designed so that any water will simply drain straight through.

Manutti's Zendo modular garden sofa
Manutti’s Zendo modular garden sofa

Another of our outdoor sofas also went out to the team over at Romo Fabrics for a shoot earlier in the year.

Point Weave Garden Sofa
Point Weave Garden Sofa

They chose the new Weave Sofa by our Spanish manufacturer Point for a shoot for their summer 2018 catalogue. Weave, which romantically takes its name from the Baya Weaver birds who build their nests by precise weaving and knotting, was designed by Vicent Martinez, and the look was part of a big trend this year for hand-woven designs. It has a rust proof aluminium frame and is woven with a strong 8mm thick polyester rope which is sunlight and weather resistant, as well as being colour fast.

Romo’s imaginative location for their shoot was a disused swimming pool and they covered the Weave sofa with one of their new outdoor fabrics called Pergola, in teal.  As well as being incredibly practical and durable, the fabric range has a mix of  geometrics, plain and semi-plain weaves.  You can see some of the colours and patterns on offer with the scatter cushions used to style the sofa – beautiful peridot yellows and azure blues. And a testament to how soft the material is – it can be used indoors and out. Check out the full Point Weave range here.

So, what a summer.  Long may it last… and if you nip over to our site now you can take advantage of our 15% off summer sale, including all garden ranges.

The Hedgehog Street Garden wins Gold!

A quick update on The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the Hedgehog Street Garden…. it won a Gold Award in the Summer Garden Awards category!!!  So, many congratulations to Tracy Foster and her incredible design skills – doesn’t it look stunning.

Hedgehog Street Garden_credit Iain Green
Hedgehog Street Garden_credit Iain Green

Pop along to the show if you have time, it opened today, 8th July and it’s on until the 13th. Tracy and the team will be on hand to tell you how they created the look – you’ll be able to see our Bubble garden chairs in all their glory and find out how to make your garden more wildlife friendly.

Go Modern, The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show… and hedgehogs

We love a good flower show at Go Modern – we’re lucky enough to be just up the road from The Chelsea Flower Show (which we also exhibited at one year) and this year we’re involved with The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Award-winning garden designer Tracy Foster got in touch to say that she was creating a hedgehog-inspired summer garden for the Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) to show at Hampton.  Hedgehog Street is the name of the garden and the idea is to showcase a number of hedgehog-friendly features to encourage gardeners  to make the land on their doorsteps more hedgehog friendly.

Once we’d stopped Simon from doing a fairly good impression of the ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’ ‘I Like Truckin’ song (you probably have to be over 30 to know this!) and looked at the garden plan and Tracy’s ideas – we realised it was an incredibly good idea… and a beautiful garden.

The Hedgehog Street garden - illustration by Phil Game
The Hedgehog Street garden – illustration by Phil Game

So, how does Go Modern come into this we hear you ask?  Well, Tracy had the inspired idea of using a couple of our garden chairs as part of the design (you can see them in the sketch above). Our Bubble garden chairs, she thought, looked incredibly like large hedgehogs (without the prickles of course!) and once she’d pointed it out we had to agree!

The Bubble chairs are some of our most popular garden chairs, made from synthetic rattan, all-weather material, and designed to sit in your garden all year round.  They’re virtually indestructible (unlike the poor hedgehog), cool in the heat, dirt-repellent, fade-proof, water and frost resistant, biodegradable and recyclable.

The Bubble garden chairs
The Bubble garden chairs

 Tracy borrowed our ‘toasty’ coloured ones which looked a bit more realistic than the white ones above.

The Bubble garden chair - weave colour: toasty
The Bubble garden chair – weave colour: toasty

We haven’t got any images of the finished garden yet (the show’s open from 8-13th July) but we’ll share them with you when we do.

Of her garden design, Tracy says:”It has been an enjoyable challenge designing a multi-purpose space to inspire gardeners but also help hedgehogs. I was alarmed to discover that hedgehog populations are facing serious problems in our gardens, particularly in moving between garden boundaries to find food and mates. This design will demonstrate that practical access routes for hedgehogs need not come at the expense of aesthetic style.”

So, pop along to the show if you’ve got time, it’s always a lovely day out, and pick up a few tips from Tracy and Hedgehog Street to keep our Mrs Tiggy-Winkles going.

Thank you!                                               Hog-on-a-log by Steven Oliver
Thank you! Hog-on-a-log by Steven Oliver