‘Trade Colours’ – a masterpiece

trade stand of many textures and coloursDesigning trade shows has never been so colourful. One painting that always catches the attention of visitors to the HoBB was prepared by us as a trade stand design for a producer of paints and finishes.

Our design brief was to incorporate as much of their range as possible but in large enough panels to allow visitors to ‘dwell’ upon individual colours as they walked through an environment of walls and textures.

The last trade show I went to see was at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. In the main halls, vast trade stands were under construction ready to be fronted by neatened well produced staff or specially trained ‘fronters’. The atmosphere was charged with ‘push’ and it made me pensive, thinking of the deals that needed to be done on these plastic and wood stages to keep jobs going and economies growing.

I went into the overseas pavilion where units were small and blood heats were normal. Here, the owners and managers of companies were talking to each other. Here, the day before opening, the simpler stands were in place as a morning market might be, ready for people to be greeted. Here, I was offered countless invitations and given warm smiles. Their enthusiasm for trade was almost bloodcurdling; I had to smile back, even though I well understood their power to drain the life of many established communities in partnership with many in the larger halls.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant

Biological and chemical plant warfare?

Ivy v. Nettles, or the balance of Grant and Nature working togetherIvy v. Nettles, or the balance of Grant and Nature working together?

One area of ground which started as a temporary holding location for half of our Ivy Stock Plants, is now, remarkably, nettle-free.

During the winter we planted eighty ground cover ivy strains across a patch of ground riddled with Nettle plants and after 3 years the nettles lost the biological war and the Ivies won.

All the Ivies will be moved to their permanent growing areas plant-by-plant, and I’m sure we’ll have to extricate their roots from the dormant remains of Nettle plants just lying in wait for daylight, but maybe not. Just maybe one group of plants displaced another. Plants use a mix of physical, chemical and biological methods to ‘take-over’ new territory and many of these methods are openly supported by gardeners.

I’m on the side of the Ivy Plants. I could have been on the side of the Nettles. Whichever ‘side’ I take I appear to oppose the other ‘side’ by default. I could reel off many examples of this dilemma right across the biological spectrum. If I was a spineless gardener, the HoBB Gardens would remain un-cultivated.

I culture. I am engaged in culture.

Waves from the Hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant