24 May And the Results are OUT!
Chelsea fever is well and truly underway as the exhibitors collected their medals this morning after yesterday’s judges had made their rounds. Alongside our interest in the beautiful show gardens (and our congratulations go to those receiving the coveted gold medal of course), we were eagerly waiting to hear the results from the Floral Marquee this morning, particularly those with whom we had been working over the last few months as part of the RHS initiative for innovation in the displays. We were delighted to see three of our partner nurseries receive silver and silver gilt medals for their fabulous displays.
Our congratulations go to Alec White from Primrose Hall Nursery, exhibiting at Chelsea for the very first time and up against some Goliath type competition in the form of Chelsea old timers Kelways and the like. His beautiful exhibit, The Timeless Elegance of the Peony, won a well-deserved silver medal and drew the attention of many visitors including Gardener’s World presenter Zephaniah Lindo.
The display which featured over 1000 cut peonies included an Ivory Chaise Longue and a chandelier festooned with best-selling blooms like Peony lactiflora ‘Coral Sunset’, Peony lactiflora ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ AGM and Peony lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’ AGM. This nursery is one to watch without a doubt, we look forward to seeing what they have in store for us at RHS Hampton Court and RHS Tatton Flower Show later in the year.
We were delighted to see that T3 Plants and Mandy plants also did exceptionally well with a well earnt silver gilt medal each for their efforts.
T3 Plants delivered a spectacular version of the Mayan pyramid, displaying delicate Abutilons in columns under planted with ferns, the display aimed to educate the visitor about the hardiness of Abutilons, (long flowering deciduous plants with delicate bell shaped flowers) and the range that is now available for the British climate.
Last but by no means least we offer up a hearty congratulations to Liz and the team from Mandy Plants who took a silver gilt for the extra special ‘Flying Down To Rio’ display which took its inspiration from the Brazilian heritage of the Mandevilla’s that the nursery specialise in. The display was based on the movie poster of the film with the same name and included a carefully crafted plane wing as well as masses of gorgeous Mandevillas and memorabilia from the era.
All of the nurseries worked exceptionally hard and delivered fabulous displays that we know will be enjoyed throughout the week to come. Once again our warm congratulations to all.