#1 The Chelsea Flower Show Edition
Thank you for tuning into our first newsletter.
We’ll be dipping into the Howe collections, examining new additions and saying hello to a few old friends.
This week, in honour of our jubilant neighbour, the Chelsea Flower Show, we’ve curated our own collection of garden furniture and lovely old pots in the Pimlico Road shop, so do drop by, you never know what will be wafting up the stairs from the famous Howe kitchen!
In the C19th interest in gardens blossomed along with the furniture and decorative objects that came with them. The burgeoning wealthy middle class found solace in these new green spaces, a place to escape at a time of increasing industrialisation.
Industrialisation bought with it new and efficient techniques for cast and wrought iron allowing workshops full of skilled artisans to produce furniture that was lighter in weight and more delicate in design, such as this unusual C19th Wrought Iron Garden Bench, formed of fine scrollwork (above). Decorative objects became more modest in scale, with planted urns and jardinieres adorning lawns and terraces, making gardens increasingly personal, finding a harmonious balance between social function and natural form.
As we race toward another potentially scorching summer, the Howe Gardens have been receiving extra attention from our gardener Hannah. The little lemons planted outside our Battersea warehouse are ready to emerge from their sleeping bag, and Christopher’s garden at 36 Bourne Street is resplendent with rhubarb, broad beans, lilac and orange poppies. At the Howe showroom, we are perfectly positioned to enjoy ‘Belgravia in Bloom’, the floral festival that winds from Knightsbridge to Belgravia. Shop fronts will be overflowing with flora, some opting for garish colour and opulence, others for something more natural and understated. All in honour of Britain’s great garden obsession.