Utopia    Exhibition 08 Mar 2018

Definitely vegan! Ideal Home Show marks its 110th birthday with amazing ‘giant living plant cake’

As part of its 110th anniversary, the Ideal Home Show, is working with television gardener, David Domoney, to craft a birthday cake like you’ve never seen before!

Inspired by ‘outside in’ interior design and ‘vertical gardening’ trends, the celebratory artwork will be formed from over 4,000 living plants and will stand at six and a half metres tall – towering over visitors to this year’s exhibition. Though research states that gardens are slowly becoming smaller, al fresco kitchens and dining areas are definitely standing strong in 2018, with a multitude of companies launching new outdoor kitchen designs, currently. Also helping combat these spatial issues, experts have come up with the notion of vertical gardening. Allowing you to get green-fingered without the need for a large garden, vertical garden pockets can house many different plants and are self-sufficient, meaning they can be hung outside, on kitchen wall, be used to brighten a bathroom scheme or, in this case, decorate the sides of a ‘living’ cake! The pockets mean that water and nutrients can be dispersed from the top, down – either naturally, from rain, outside, or by hand when positioned inside.

Chartered horticulturist and television gardener, David Domoney, commented: “Despite enthusiasm for gardening increasing, people’s gardens are getting smaller. Vertical planting is a brilliant way to enhance the brickwork around a garage, fencing or rendering, for example. For those with green fingers, the fact that any type of plant can grow in a vertical pocket means people can still plant, grow and love a whole range of plants.”

For this project, David and his team are using different types of plants, including ferns such as Bird-nest, Boston and Pteris, and have challenged themselves to creating the giant cake in just four days, at the Olympia.

He continues; “This project has been as exciting as it has been a challenge. The sheer size of the infrastructure needed to create the framework is a task on its own, but with a very tight build schedule, thousands of plants to go into position, and then keeping those plants alive inside a show environment for over two weeks, this project needs special planning and construction”.

But a beautiful living cake isn’t the only attraction at this year’s exhibition, running 17th March – 2nd April. This year’s show homes focus on enhancing every centimetre of liveable space, with a modernised Victorian terrace ‘Innovation home’, Liv-in beach huts, and specially-designed garden pods. Celebrities and experts will also be on-hand to offer demonstrations and top tips on gardening, home improvements, design and food and drink, alongside Ideal Home’s 600+ exhibitors. While renowned chefs and drinks industry experts will also take to the Foodie Stage and Drinks Station at the Eat & Drink Festival, that is free to access for Ideal Home Show visitors.

Keep an eye out for more exciting updates on this year’s Ideal Home Show…

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