1936 – Royal Horticultural Society’s Great Spring Show (Chelsea)

Another year another 20ft. square site, costing £20, located on the east side of Monument Road, close to its boundary with Northern Road. The organisers trying to avoid any last minute problems with exhibitors setting up their stands were insistent that all exhibits had to be on-site by evening of Sunday, 17th May.

Having hit on a display that they were apparently happy with they made a decision to use the same set-up for the following two years. This included a 20ft. by 12ft. span-roof greenhouse; wood slatted staging; wrought iron staging; several sets of blinds; heating apparatus (Plan C) for greenhouse using No.1 Loughborough boiler; 2 garden seats.

Having had a dispute over pricing with Messrs G. Keen & Son the previous year, they decided to order 2cwts of ⅜in. Grade “A” Derbyshire Spa shingles from The Long Rake Spar Co. Ltd., of Youlgrave with delivery straight to site. They also hired flowing plants and foliage for the show stand at a cost of £2 10s. from Messrs. L.R. Russell Ltd., of Richmond Nurseries

Mr. Hughes, who visited the stand last year and bought a greenhouse, visited the stand again, this time seeking an appointment, to discuss a tender for another greenhouse of similar dimensions to the one the firm erected the previous year. Again they won the order, which totalled £336 10s. and agreed a discounted price of £330, for an identical greenhouse; identical staging; similar wood lath blinds, although this time they were to be painted green along the south roof below the ventilator and new upright blinds supplied and fitted to the south side in both the old and new greenhouses; new shelving to both greenhouses; heating system to the new greenhouse and replacing the existing No. 3 Loughborough boiler with a five section No. 25 Quorn boiler (capable of heating 500ft. of 4in. pipes). Messenger’s also won the contract to complete the associated brickwork, which again they sub-contracted to their normal builder, G.H. Warne, who quoted £91, to which Messenger’s added a £9 2s. markup and £5 8s. contingency. The amount of brickwork required was significantly more complex than the previous year and included 3,000 Fletton bricks, 2,500 best yellow stocks, 2 tons cement, which was all ordered from Wiggins-Sankey Ltd., builders’ merchants and manufacturers.