New Forest topiary firm Agrumi set for display at Chelsea Flower Show
A HERD of stunning New Forest topiary animals will be making their debut at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week.
The display of topiary animal sculptures have been lovingly hand-made by Tiptoe-based business Agrumi, one of the UK’s top topiary specialists, in a mixture of living plant topiary and metal garden sculptures.
Agrumi director Stanley Jackson said the stand will show off the firm's "unique range of skills".
“It includes New Forest ponies, red deer, pigs, boxing hares, a gaggle of geese being chased by a fox. There’s even a stunning sea eagle on a wooden perch,” he added.
“The whole thing is a painstakingly constructed celebration of the animals that can be found in the New Forest and a perfect way of demonstrating our topiary skills, whilst also showcasing what a great place the national park is to visit.”
The Agrumi stand is being sponsored by local tourism organisation Go New Forest, four of its member businesses, and New Forest District Council.
Go New Forest chief executive Anthony Climpson said he was thrilled to support "this brilliant opportunity to tell the story of our wonderful destination through these amazing sculptures".
"It is a very clever way of showing just some of the many animals that visitors can see during a visit to the New Forest.”
The life-size Agrumi displays will be presented on two stands covering 45 square metres, giving ample room to amaze the 160,000 visitors that pass through the prestigious Grand Pavilion at the show annually.
This year's Chelsea Flower Show will be held in autumn for the first time in its 108-year history, as uncertainty over the pandemic pushed the event from its usual May slot to 21st-26th September. It is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.