RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW The Garden Superstore, sister company of Fargro Ltd, is to sponsor Hampshire Carnivorous Plants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show as the Winchester-based firm aims to win their 21st RHS Chelsea gold medal. Hampshire Carnivorous Plants has been growing carnivorous plants for 35 years and can boast the widest range of quality carnivorous plants available in the UK. The family company, led by owner and operator Matt Soper, grows an extensive range of carnivorous plants, including Venus Flytraps and Sarrancenias. The Hampshire Carnivorous plants display is always a popular attraction, and Matt has won more than 100 RHS gold medals, including 20 at RHS Chelsea, for his variety of natural born killers. This is in addition to winning best-in-show awards at Gardening Scotland, the Malvern Autumn Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
Three new plant varieties Making their debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 are three new plant varieties introduced by Hillier Nurseries. The three new introductions are Weigela ‘Picobella Rosa’, Isoplexis isabelliana ‘Bella’ and Cordyline ‘Pink Star’, all of which add colour to any garden and require minimal maintenance.
George Hillier, a member of the fifth generation of the family in the business and director of property, says: “Weigela ‘Picobella Rosa’ and Cordyline ‘Pink Star’ are absolutely stunning and these, allied with the orange hue of the Isoplexis ‘Bella’, create an inspirational pallete of contemporary new colours for gardens in 2019.”
Medwyn Williams set for Chelsea comeback One of the UK’s most renowned vegetable growers, and RHS Chelsea Flower Show veteran, Medwyn Williams is set to return this year with previously unseen varieties interspersed within his trademark pristine display of vegetables, including a yet to be named giant parsnip and a tomato which is the first vegetable to ever be registered in the Welsh language. After a nine year absence, the 11-time Gold winner will be creating his typically impressive display of high quality, beautiful vegetables which reflect his ethos of; “if you can’t eat it, don’t show it” by cultivating his plants to not only look fabulous but taste great using CANNA COCO nutrients and CANNA COCO Professional substrate, a sustainable growing medium benefitting from specially processed coconut husks.
22 May 2019
The RHS has announced the launch of a new limitededition vase from valued licensing partner Moorcroft, a renowned producer of heritage art pottery and a leading name in the world of ceramic design. The new vase, from celebrated Moorcroft designer Nicola Slaney, is called Chelsea’s Choice and celebrates the snow-white hydrangea that was awarded ‘Plant of the Year’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018. Chelsea’s Choice launches at the 2019 show. The vase, seven inches high and three inches across at the base, is available in a limited edition of only 35 pieces. The bulbous vase is inspired by the shape of a bulb, complete with wide shoulders and body to hold the intricate detail of the award-winning hydrangea. With its graceful weeping foliage, the award-winning snow-white hydrangea that inspired Chelsea’s Choice lends itself to placement in more unusual situations such as hanging baskets and raised border edges as well as the more usual garden beds. White flowers, some with a faint pink and green tinge, appear from late spring into autumn. Nicola Slaney lifted the delicate lace cap white flowers and placed them onto an ink-coloured dark background for a dramatic contrast. Each of the 35 Chelsea’s Choice pieces will include Nicola Slaney’s designer monogram and full signature along with all Moorcroft backstamps of authenticity and the Royal Horticultural Society’s backstamp to show its official seal of approval.