RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013

‘The Secret Garden of Past & Present’

Award winning design and landscaping company, Horticolous, wanted to create a gold medal winning show garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show centenary year. Attended by 157,000 visitors each year, the show is recognised as one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world.

Lynn Riches and Mark Lippatt, the team behind Horticolous, planned a garden of two parts ‘The Secret Garden of Past & Present’. One half of the 64m2 garden would take visitors back to horticulture 100 years ago, and the other would showcase the very latest horticultural products, plant varieties and build materials.

Recommended by horticultural expert Kevin Frediani, Curator of Plants and Gardens at Paignton Zoo, Horticolous approached Solardome Industries to help realise their vision of the modern garden. As well as providing a show-stopping exhibition centerpiece, they wanted to demonstrate the best growing environment for the modern gardener who strives to produce the best plants and utilise the most innovative techniques.

By teaming up with plant and technology specialists they planned to maximise the space of the dome and show how well it supports advanced techniques of aquaponics and hydroponics and allows a diverse range of plants to flourish.

Another key requirement was to have a practical structure that could be built with minimum foundations and assembled quickly and easily in the enclosed space of the Great Pavilion.

The solution

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Mark & LynnA 4.52m diameter SOLARDOME® Haven was selected to perfectly complement the Horticolous’ garden design. A new green dome was created in celebration of the show’s 100th year and to demonstrate how well they blend into country garden surroundings.

The innovative geodesic design creates the optimum environment for growing, which meant it was the ideal choice to demonstrate the latest technological advances in growing techniques.

Superior air distribution and airflow help maintain a more uniform temperature and keep it fungus and disease free. Plus, maximum solar gain is achieved as a result of 97% light transmission to the multiple facets of the geodesic dome.

With no need for foundations, the Solardome® Haven could be quickly assembled onsite and easily anchored to a wooden platform. It is installed by hand and so requires minimal construction space and no large equipment.

At a glance

Client Horticolous Landscape & Garden Design, Wrington, UK
Garden designer Jon Wheatley
The challenge To create a stunning centrepiece for the Horticolous garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013.
The solution SOLARDOME® Haven
Dome specification 3-frequency geodesic dome
Diameter – 4.52m
Height – 3m
Volume – 36m3
Floor area – 15.95m2
Single-glazed, including five window vents
Exterior metal components   polyester powder coated green
Supporting companies Paignton Zoo
Suttons Seeds
Hydrogarden
Foras Stone


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