The Chelsea Flower Show preview night has become one of the biggest soirees on the City calendar, with attendees almost as likely to buy companies as chrysanthemums – but what of last night’s Hampton Court Flower Show preview? Vestra Wealth is sponsoring a garden this year and held its preview drinks reception last night to celebrate. The Capitalist wondered if Vestra wished Hampton would go a bit “Chelsea” too.
“I certainly hope not,” David Scott, founding partner of Vestra told us. “Monday night at Chelsea Flower Show has turned very much into a place to be seen rather than a place to see flowers.”
Scott insists the Vestra garden at Hampton is more about joie de vivre. “It’s a good opportunity to have our clients come out and have an informal, relaxed night out. People work hard and being in the garden is a relaxing way to enjoy life,” he added. Indeed.
The Vestra garden turned out to be a gold medal winner on the night, but the wealth manager admitted his own green fingers left a lot to be desired. “I used to have a much larger garden when I lived in the countryside which I didn’t have the skills or expertise to maintain. Luckily, I’ve got a smaller one now I’m back in London.”
Well, that’s certainly one way us Londoners can console ourselves about our petit patios.