The season here at How Green still rumbles on with landscapers and designers still very busy! We have been ordering in quality hedging and topiary for clients and our own grown perennials have been flying out.
With all this activity, we still find time to attend the FutureScape trade show. FutureScape brings together landscape contractors (maintenance, design and build), garden designers and architects. The event has joined forces with the industry’s leading associations to promote the event to all their members. Pro Landscaper magazine and website will be supporting the event. It’s a relatively new event, but has been expanding in exhibitors and visitors year on year.
There will be a series of free seminars throughout the day which are always really interesting and informative. Guest speakers this year include Ann-Marie Powell, Matt Childs and Mark Gregory (Landform).
We will be teaming up with our friends Chilstone of Langton Green on the stand, so why not pop along and say ‘hi’!
How Green grow plants for medal winning gardens again!
Another year, another grey hair! After growing for ‘A Potters Garden’ at Chelsea last, we thought we’d take on the stress and sleepless nights yet again! For us as humble growers, there is a lot of pressure to grow the plants and get them looking spot on for judging day!
This time, the ever so lovely Jo Thompson approached us for growing for the M&G sponsored ‘The Retreat’ garden. She chose us along with other friend and local grower Roger Platts. We were given the task of growing the hardy annuals for her traditional British planted garden.
Seeds were sown back in the Autumn of 2014 to give the plants the best possible start. We did a back up sowing soon after in case we suffered any losses along the way. We carefully nurtured the seedlings and gradually potted them into bigger pots as they became bigger.
Given light and heat, they soon raced away! In April they were moved into a well ventilated tunnel and remained there until two weeks before the big day! We (and Jo!) were very pleased with our efforts, as we had not grown many of the plants before! Plants included Ridolfia segetum, Daucus carota Dara, Gypsophila Covent Garden and Emilia javanica (this plant actually found it’s way onto Prince Harry’s garden Sentebale!).
The garden looked fabulous and Jo won a well deserved Silver-Gilt medal, although many believed it should have won gold! We also supplied a few plants for a gold medal winning artisan garden called a Trug makers Garden.
Show garden with a twist!!
This weekend saw our annual September outing to the Penshurst Craft Fair held at Penshurst Place. Ourselves, along with our good friends Chilstone from Tunbridge Wells join forces to create a mini show garden and stand.
Having attended the show for the last five years, twice a year, it’s always difficult to come up with a fresh idea for a garden!
This time round, we gave the garden a bit of a twist and made an old 1972 VW camper van the main centrepiece!
The stunning camper has been fully restored to it’s original glory, with shiny new paint job and re-conditioned engine. The tax exempt classic is not used as a show vehicle, but for its intended purpose for camping weekends and trips to Devon & Cornwall. With this in mind, we thought we’d put ‘Doona’ the van to work over the weekend.
With some wispy grasses and colourful late season perennials, we put a smile on the show-goers faces. The sun shone down on us and plant sales were great – roll on May for the next show garden! What to do next???”!
Potters Garden wins the highest accolade!!
The last few weeks has been manic here at the nursery, with trade brisk and growing for gardens at RHS Malvern and Chelsea! If you check out last weeks blog, you’ll know we grew for the Dial a Flight sponsored ‘Potters Garden’ designed by Frankie and Emma from Nature Redesigned.
With the expert help from Frogheath Landscapes, the collective put together what was a magnificent effort in the Artisan garden category. So much so, the strict task-masters that are the RHS judges awarded the garden the top prize of a gold medal!! Not bad for Nature Redesigned and their first effort at Chelsea!!
I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys in the future!
We have been growing for gold for the DialAFlight Potter’s Garden at RHS Chelsea
After growing for the Roger Platts gold medal winning garden at Chelsea last year, the stress and work involved meant we were a little reluctant to grow for Chelsea for a while! That was until our great friends Frankie and Emma from Nature Redesigned approached us about growing for their garden this year.
With it being cold and wet back in December and more importantly, a cracking little plan for an Artisan garden, how could we refuse! The garden is based around an abandoned brickworks and pottery after all the men have left for war and commemorates the centenary of the start of World War 1.
A planting plan was submitted and we started the process of growing and sourcing the plants needed. Progress back in January was swift, with many of the perennials to hand from our own stocks at the nursery. Other difficult to find plants such as Pimpinella rosea and Chaerophyllum roseum were sourced from as far away as Scotland!
The weather from the outset was very kind to us, being mild and dry following the appallingly wet winter. Conditions have remained unseasonably mild right the way through the growing process. This in itself has made keeping some plants in check very difficult, some more than three weeks ahead of schedule!
A few sleepless nights and a lot of juggling the stock around, we and more importantly the designers were very pleased with our efforts. We hope this is reflected in the finished garden which can be seen below. Good luck guys!