Welcome to 2019!
2018 has been a fabulous year…
We kicked off in Spring with celebrations of 25 years of Gaze Burvill, here at Lodge Farm. A large turnout of 80 guests enjoyed beautiful canapés cooked on our A La Carte kitchen by a Sub-Zero Wolf chef. We also had talks from Garden Designers Tom Massey, Mark Gregory and Butter Wakefield on their Chelsea Show Gardens. This was a great success and the weather made it all that bit more special. Look out for more of these events in the future!
In May, this was followed by our most successful RHS Chelsea Flower Show yet. With our superb Trade-stand looking more like a Show Garden thanks to the wonderful talent of Butter Wakefield and her Team, we won Best Trade-stand in Show for our 25th Chelsea. Yet again the weather held out and the sun stayed for the entire week, showing off the Gaze Burvill furniture and kitchens beautifully.
Launched at Chelsea 2018 was the Wisley Woodland Seat, a sculptural piece made from sweet chestnut that echoes the twists of the tree it came from. Using the combined knowledge and expertise that Gaze Burvill have accumulated over our 25 years creating furniture, this Seat encompasses both innovative machine skills and superlative hand craftsmanship, and has curves that 10 years ago were impossible to manufacture. Commissioned by RHS Wisley Garden and designed by Simon Burvill and Charlie Dedman, this seat took pride of place at RHS Chelsea at Raymond Blanc’s celebrated Jardin Blanc.
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall in midsummer was where, alongside Alitex and David Harber, we created the ‘Perfect Garden’ designed by Sarah Naybour – a combination of the best quality furniture, outdoor kitchen, sculpture and greenhouse.
In 2018, 50% of the Gaze Burvill business came from creating bespoke and custom pieces. One bespoke piece, that was a fantastic project to work on, was for the recently opened Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville Spinal Unit. Designed by Joe Swift, the garden required a 10m long curved bench to work in conjunction with the flower beds behind it. Beautifully streamlined, the bench also has the additional features of…
Throughout the year we have hand built more outdoor kitchens than ever and our capacity to master difficult designs has become greater, creating exactly what customers want for their garden much quicker and with reduced time scales.
Our Autumn celebrations began with a preview to our Open Day for some of our closest customers, partners and friends. With delicious food cooked by Sub-Zero Wolf chef Elliot Johnson-Paul, everyone left feeling full of knowledge and food! It seems as though the clouds truly were holding back, as the following day for our Open Day, the heavens opened up. However, that does not stop us! With food cooked by Big Green Egg superstar Ross, we can all still say we had a great day.
One month later, we unveiled a magnificent seat with an incredible story behind it. Remembrance and Hope is a commemorative seat created from the oak of a tree grown at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from an acorn brought back from the battlefield of Verdun in 1917, planted in 1919, which grew there until damaged by St Judes Storm in 2013. Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum at Kew, came to Simon Burvill with the wish that this tree’s story did not end here. Click here to watch the full story.