Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Well we arrived, we built walls, we laid turf, we drank tea, we ate bacon sandwiches, we dressed sets and we won a Certificate of Commendation for the second year running.

Here are a few images to give you a taste of 2012 Chelsea Flower Show Hartman style!

Hartman at Chelsea Flower Show 2012 

It’s that time of year again when for three weeks during May normally sane individuals lose all knowledge of time and space as their world revolves around the event that is the Chelsea Flower Show. Hundreds of people descend on the 11acre site in the heart of London and get digging, planting and building some of the most amazing gardens you will ever see in your life.  Year on year they just keep getting better and better and infinitely more beautiful, and no wonder really,  because so much effort goes into each garden it is truly breath- taking. 


This will be our 4th year exhibiting at the show and we have to admit it is one of the highlights of our year.  It all begins in January when the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Manual hits my desk and then it’s all systems go, from Stand design to risk assessment right down to car parking and packing a watering can! Everything is organised well in advance so that the show week goes without a hitch.


Last year our stand won a Certificate of Commendation, which we were very proud of and now hangs pride of place in our reception area.  This year we have pulled out all the stops and gone for a more romantic look and feel with soft planting in beautiful hues of purple and blues accented with white and green.  We have added a little “Wendy House” in the corner of the stand just in case we need to hide from any showers that might come our way. 


We will be showcasing the Jamie Oliver range of furniture as well as our popular Amalfi and Rocco ranges. 


It’s an early start for us on Friday morning as we head towards London to begin the dressing of the stand ready for press day on Monday.  We hope to see you there. 


Special Thanks to …

Ant for designing the stand and organising the beautiful planting

Greg for building the stand

Allan and Neil for building my “Wendy House”

Brian and the guys for building all the furniture

Iain for organising the transport

Phil for funding the bacon sandwiches and tea

Gwillam, Anthony, Jonathan and Paul for manning the stand

Nicola and Clare for whipping up lots of PR coverage

And to you for visiting our stand


Plant List

Aralia Sieboldii (Fatsia japonica)

Buxus Sempervirens

Dryopteris Atrata

Ligustrum Jonandrum

Mixed Fern

Phormium ‘Jester’

Phormium Tenax ‘Variegatum’

Scabiosa Butterfly Blue

Veronica Christy

Lavandula Stoechas Papillon

Alcea Chaters Nigra

Phlox Clouds of Perfume

Polemonium Yezoense Purple Rai

Lavendula Provencale

Nemesia Fleurie Blue

Primula Denticulata Alba

Primula Denticulate Lilac

Nemesia Wisley Vanilla

Aquilegia Winky Blue & White

Hebe Rakaiensis

Lavandula Rega Slendour

Pittosporum ten Variegatum

Flowering Campanula Blue Pla

Veronica Gent Tissington Whi

Hedra Yellow Vari

Hedra P/L


Furniture List

Jamie Oliver Fire Pit Set

Jamie Oliver Dining Set

Jamie Oliver Bench

Jamie Oliver Lounger

Amalfi Oval Set

Amalfi Ice Bucket

Rocco Bench

Rocco Bistro Set

Rocco Round Set

David Domoney teams up with Alan Titchmarch

David Domoney is to team up with Alan Titchmarsh in an ITV1 prime-time gardening show.
David is co-presenting ‘Love Your Garden’ with Alan Titchmarsh – which starts on ITV1 at 8pm from the end of June, in its new one hour commissioned series of six weekly shows.
Both David and Alan have a long history in the gardening world both in TV and with the RHS. The chemistry between Alan and David was much enjoyed on Alan’s ITV daytime show in which David teamed up regularly with Alan Titchmarsh on gardening items.
David, who recently hosted his own show Garden ER on Channel 5 , said: “I am so pleased to be working with Alan.”
"He has a great sense of humour and together we will transform gardens around the country with a bit of fun thrown in for good measure."
"We are going to be busy filming over the next few months. There will be lots of exciting features. It is going to be a real treat for all gardening fans."
"I had so much fun working on the afternoon show, it’s great that we are going to be continuing the partnership on prime-time."
Featuring the most beautiful domestic gardens in the country and telling the stories of the passionate people behind them, Love Your Garden will celebrate Britain as a nation of gardeners and inform and inspire viewers on how best to redesign our own outdoor space.
David will be in charge presenting all the landscape and features on the series.

Chef de Hartman - David Mooney

You may have noticed in the Hartman collection this year we have not one but three fire pit tables, these tables are fantastic for keeping warm when the sun goes down but they are also great for cooking on.  As my culinary skills only extend to egg on toast I thought it was best to find a chef who could do more than rustle up a pot noodle!

Enter Lancashire lad Dave Mooney, co owner and Chef Patron of The Lord Binning.

 Dave was taught from an early age the importance of food. He began his career in Cheshire when he was a teenager combining study, with work in top restaurants in Normandy, France. Here, the seeds of his organic growth into the restaurant business were sown as Dave was sourcing everything from local, French markets and preparing and cooking alongside the chef patron. His skills even extended to growing and preparing organic fruits and vegetables. Returning to the UK aged 19, Dave blossomed under the demanding and expert eye of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Au Quat Saisons in Oxfordshire, then the erratic, but brilliant Marco Pierre White at Harveys Restaurant in Wandsworth, London.

Here, Dave learnt about teamwork, taste and temperaments. As part of Raymond Blanc’s team of 24 he progressed from Commis Chef to Demi Chef de Partie and was in an eight strong team with Marco Pierre White as Commis Chef learning more about taste & food. David and Marco remain good friends to this date and he recently popped into The Binning for lunch.

Dave is also a serial media star, Dave cooks AND amuses! As the original ‘hairy biker’ Dave travelled on his motorbike searching for the best produce in the North West for North West regional TV ‘Food Hunter’. Dave was particularly pleased to be involved with the BBC2 series ‘Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain’ and appeared in the Sept 09 programme representing Cheshire. More recently Dave appeared on the Hairy Bikers Christmas Special for 2011 and also filmed ‘Perfect’ for Sky TV, a show about perfect pub food! Previously he also clocked up over 200 appearances as the ‘Granada Tonight’ resident Chef for two years with a live slot twice a week & many pre recorded inserts and live outside broadcasts. He has also worked on live magazine formats for Granada Satellite and UKTV Food and the Shopping Channel, demonstrating & selling various cookware lines. From BBC Manchester he has completed live & pre-recorded segments for the Morning magazine programme, to include viewer advice on budgeting & food on BBC Radio Five Live.

David continues to entertain at most of the major food and drink festivals around the north west and indeed further afield. All this builds on his enthusiasm for good food, his entertaining, approachable style and his desire for everyone to enjoy and share his passion in life. The challenge of live cooking demonstrations is never far away from demos at schools and colleges to the food shows including the BBC Good Food Show and Manchester Food & Drink Festival, amongst others. David Mooney was chosen to perform 10 days of cooking demonstrations for the GMWDA in the name of Love Food Hate Waste, December 2010.

Over the coming months Dave will be coming up with some seasonal recipes especially for Hartman which you can either cook on a Hartman Fire Pit table or just enjoy eating al fresco. 

Hartman on show

Rumour has it we get about a bit! And this week is no exception. 


The Ideal Home show runs from March 16th – April 1st at Earls Court London and our Rocco Milan Bistro Set can be seen adorning the Alan Titchmarsh Garden which David Domoney has interpreted especially for the show.

Another set can be seen gracing the Capel Manor Garden. 

David Domoney, Hartman’s gardening expert and Channel 5’s resident gardener has joined forces with The Prince’s Foundation for a second year to officially launch the 2012 ‘Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year’ competition. 

Six UK colleges will go head to head to create inspirational and sustainable show gardens which will all be exhibited in the forecourt of Earls Court during the 104th Ideal Home Show.  Last year’s debut gardens, each designed by emerging young talent in the industry were visited by HRH The Prince of Wales at Earls Court and Capel Manor College in Middlesex claimed 1st Place. 

This year Capel Manor’s Garden entitled ‘Dancing with Daffodils’, will feature a Hartman Chartwell Bistro set placed amongst engraved slate, dry stone walling with alpine planting, raised beds edged with woven willow and a solar powered pump amongst a mixed bog planting scheme.

What are you waiting for? Book your tickets now!