Contact – Kerry Speirs, 01955 467 000,



Date 07 May 2019

Caithness, UK



Facebook's much talked about Chelsea Flower Show garden to feature Caithness stone

Our county's famous flagstone will be firmly in the spotlight next week when it features at the RHS Chelsea Flower show as a centrepiece in Facebook's sponsored garden.

The 'Beyond the Screen' garden was designed by award winning landscaper Joe Perkins and is intended to celebrate the positive impact of spending meaningful time on social media and how this enriches our lives – particularly those of young people – in the real world. 

Local flagstone quarrier Norse Stone was chosen to supply huge feature slabs, which were transported from Caithness to the CED Castlecary Depot a few weeks ago in preparation for the big day. Getting the size, shape and texture of the stone just right required collaboration between Norse Stone, CED Stone Group, Joe Perkins and The Outdoor Room, who are actually building the garden.  Such is the importance of keeping such a high profile creative project true to vision that Joe and CED Stone Group MD, Giles Heap, travelled to Caithness to see the stone and meet the Norse team.

Managing Director Michael Ronaldson, said:  To supply stone for a garden sponsored by one of the biggest companies in the world, at the UK's most high profile horticultural event, is a huge honour. It's great for the profile for Caithness stone and the county generally. Being part of a project where we were so close to the creative team from the outset was also a fantastic experience. Rather than just producing to a spec, this was a truly collaborative effort.

Joe Perkins said: “I was blown away by the Caithness stone. It has beautiful colours and textures and is very strong meaning we could use it in huge sizes to get the drama needed in the garden.”

This is the first time Facebook has sponsored a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which normally attracts over 150,000 visitors over 5 days. This year the event runs from Tuesday the 21st of May to Saturday 25th of May. 





Norse Stone Ltd is a specialist supplier of Caithness flagstone for construction and interiors. All stone is extracted, processed and finished at the firm's two quarries in Caithness for supply throughout Europe.