Gold at Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Gold at Chelsea Flower Show 2015

We have another Gold Medal at Chelsea - our 5th and we are so delighted. The whole team has worked hard to achieve this and we are so proud.

This year our plan was to show a greater selection of British Native plants for both ponds and the surrounding moist areas. We have used 14 different Native species on the exhibit and also showed one container pond with only British Native pond plants in it.

The shape of the exhibit pond remains the same as last year with the arched bridge over the water with the sculpture by Ian Gill Sculptures of Mother and child sat on the bridge.

On Monday the BBC came to film Joe Swift doing a 2 minute link between 'water in the outside Show Gardens' and 'water as shown in the Floral Pavilion'.  We are still the only Nursery showing aquatic plants in the Chelsea Grand Pavilion.

He picked out the 3 Typha plant groups in the exhibit - the Typha lugdunenis (Typha gracilis as it was previously), Typha latifolia Variegata and the miniature Typha minima.

He carefully described that each of these water plants, although being in the same species, likes to have a different depth of water over its crown or basket top and that this can be vital to each plants survival.

Typha latifolia Variegata  likes 6-12" of water over the basket, Typha lugdunenis (Typha gracilis) likes 0-9" and Typha minima likes between 2-4"of water over the basket.

Remember - Planting depth under the water is the key to the success of all pond plants.

Look at our 2015 exhibit:

We do not leave our Nursery in Sharnford these days - the only time this year is at Chelsea Flower Show so here are the people that grow and despatch your plants -  from the left: Angela, Oliver, Imogen, Phil and Linda.

Thanks to Ian Pickering Photography from Sharnford who took these photos for us.