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Old Manor House Garden, Capel Manor

Chelsea Flower Show

Hampton Court Flower Show
Redwood Stone is a second generation family business now owned by Tim Redwood, who shares the management with his brother Martin. The company is based in the south west of England in the small Cathedral City of Wells.
Tim (left) & Martin Redwood in the Queen's Garden at Capel Manor
The business was started in the late sixties by Tim and Martin’s late father, Ken Redwood, gradually flourishing in line with the emerging garden centre trade in the UK. As Tim and Martin joined Ken in the business the company grew as a trade only supplier until it became clear that their expertise at the top end of the market would benefit by establishing a recognisable brand.
 


 



Where better to start than at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London. In 1991 Tim and his team designed and built probably the most daring structure to be seen at Chelsea, a full scale Gothic Arch Folly which framed that year’s Gold Medal winning Best Garden in Show. Redwood Stone have been ever-present at Chelsea since that year winning RHS merits for outstanding presentation of their own product displays, and contributing to two further Gold Medal winning gardens and numerous Gold medal winning displays in the Great Pavilion.

Chelsea Gold    



Benefitting from this exposure in the nineties Redwoods started to recognise the need for, and to develop, their instantly aged stone ornaments. The introduction of the Weathered Collection and Reclamation Stone set them apart from others in the market and the introduction of ‘The Gothic Folly’ at the Chelsea Flower Show 2001 really put the company on the map.
    The Chelsea 2001 Folly


The Gothic Folly was an instant hit and went on to feature the next year at Chelsea on the Gold Medal winning Hillier exhibit in the Floral Pavilion and again in 2003 as well as Redwood’s own exhibits which featured on the Main Avenue of the show in 2004 and 2005. The Gothic Folly has been a highlight of both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows ever since as well featuring strongly in various United States Flower Shows.
A reproduction of the Hillier Chelsea Ruin    


The Gothic Folly now represents the major part of Redwood Stone’s business. The range of Standard Designs stretches from the smallest Corner Wall to the grandest Castle Ruin, and the extent of the company’s Bespoke Designs is limitless. This is in no small part due to Tim’s empathy with folly design and development of 3D Design software to help him realise his dreams.
    The Chapel Ruin at Capel Manor



The culmination of all this development and perhaps the pinnacle of Redwood’s achievement with the Gothic Folly so far is The Old Manor House Garden at Capel Manor. In fact this was the first foray for Redwood’s show-build team into the commercial market and now the company offers a turnkey service from initial design drawings to finished construction.
The Old Manor House Garden    
The Show Build Team at Hampton Court Flower Show 2011

Redwood’s Pro-Build service now brings the expertise we have gained over the years to the benefit of our Folly customers. This now means that you can have your own Folly built by the team who built the display you first fell in love with. All projects are led by Tim Redwood (above) and Andrew Slight (right), Redwood’s long serving yard and factory manager.
 
 
 
 
 
The Team in Action
 
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