Perfect plants aplenty at RHS Chatsworth
The show, which runs from 5th June to the 9th June, 2019, will see the Floral Marquee filled with 74 award-winning nurseries bringing cascades of colour and plenty of plants for the ideal summer’s day out.
The featured Master Grower this year will be Pennard Plants whose hands-on demonstration area will give visitors the chance to try new tomato varieties and learn the very best way to plant a pot of strawberries. The small nursery from rural Somerset will share its passion for growing perfect plants from seed. There will be a tasting area where visitors can sample tomatoes, a demonstration zone to show just how to pot and plant properly and families will get to take away a strawberry plant they have potted using Dalefoot Organic compost.
Owners Chris Smith and Mike Milligan said: “We are really excited and honoured to be Master Grower at Chatsworth and we’re delighted to be able to showcase our products. Vegetables and fruit are often overlooked as part of the show, but are just as important, if not more important than the flowers! We hope visitors will have an exciting experience and go away with some seeds or plants to ‘grow their own’.”
Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Manager, said: “Our floral marquee will be bursting with top growers and nurseries. There’s so much for gardeners to stock up on, as well as the chance to revel in the wonderful sensory experience of being surrounded by a delightful riot of colour and scent.”
This year, alongside veteran RHS exhibitors, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will also welcome two newcomers to the show, these include Garth Cottage Herbs with culinary herbs from Northallerton, North Yorkshire and Alchemy Ferns who will be bringing a selection of hardy ferns from York.
Nurseries launching new varieties at the show include John Cullen Gardens from Lincolnshire, holders of the National Collection of Achillea millefolium, who will showcase Archillea Moondust, a new dwarf Archillea.
Hogarth Hostas will have ‘Ruffled Pole Mouse’ first shown to the public recently at RHS Chelsea. New to the UK it is a new sport of ‘Green Mouse Ears’ by Jan Van Den Top, in Holland. Other new plants for 2019 to be showcased will include small hosta ‘Green with Envy’ and ‘Lime Fizz’.
Six plant societies will also feature in the Floral Marquee including the Alpine Garden Society, the National Cottage Garden Society and the National Sweet Pea Society.
Harveys Garden Plants will be showcasing several rare plants at the show including several varieties of Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) – Speirantha convalloides (scented evergreen Chinese species) and Podophylum pleianthum.
The Plant Village will feature 12 exhibitors with new face Lincolnshire Pond Plants who will be showcasing long-forgotten plants such as ‘Double-flowered Swamp Potato’ and Peltandra Undulata.
There will be an array of talks and workshops within the marquee including from top florist Jonathan Moseley (pictured above at last year’s show) who will be sharing his floral design tips and The Plantsman Magazine hosting expert talks and workshops in the Potting Bench Theatre.
Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at rhs.org.uk/flowershows
Picture credits: Banner and picture of Jonathan Moseley ©Reckless Gardener: middle ©RHS.