Malvern Garden Buildings challenged houseplant expert and self-confessed foliage obsessive Ian to transform the contemporary Hanley Heritage garden room into a place to unwind, de-compress and de-stress in these testing times.
The idea was inspired by the work Indoor Garden Design are doing with Project Wingman. This project aims to give back to frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 crisis by providing ‘First Class Lounges’ in hospitals. Here doctors, nurses and other key workers can be looked after during their shifts by furloughed, grounded and recently redundant airline crew. Indoor Garden Design has provided greenery to dress these spaces, bringing with them their own list of benefits.
The making of this virtual exhibit and the final reveal was filmed at Malvern Garden Buildings’ Buckingham showsite. Ian, author of houseplant manual “At Home With Plants”, demonstrates how to create your own calming houseplant oasis, highlighting some of the houseplants chosen and why, as well as tips on how to care for them.
The lush interior contrasts with the industrial exterior of the Hanley Heritage with its Crittall style doors and windows. Used widely as a garden office for working from home, this building is the ideal place to escape from the stresses of the outside world. A calming refuge, the Hanley Heritage Houseplant Studio aims to highlight the health benefits of incorporating greenery into your indoor spaces.
The video will go live on the RHS website on Tuesday 19th May as part of Virtual Chelsea.
Notes to editors:
Ian Drummond is the Creative Director at Indoor Garden Design. Ian specialises in creative projects and is passionate about finding new ways to use plants. Ian has created indoor gardens for the BAFTAs, Fashion Week and Elton John. He is the author of the houseplant manual, “At Home with Plants” and created an office installation with IKEA at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018.
Malvern Garden Buildings have supplied the garden studios for the plateau in Ranelagh Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for almost a decade. In previous years working with botanically inspired craftspeople like Rob Ryan, Nikki Tibbles, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely & Lou Gardiner to create the Artisan Area. Now looking forward to finalising designs for the all new House Plant Studios for the show in 2020.