Chelsea Centenary

This week, the greatest flower show on earth celebrates its centenary year. An amazing achievement and promises to be the best show ever! Garden designers up and down the land have been pulling out all the stops to make their gardens dazzle like never before!

We here at How Green have grown quite extensively for Chelsea for the first time in our 30 year history! Back in January, we were approached by our regular customer Roger Platts. Just like the Olympic rower Steve Redgrave, Roger had almost called it a day with Chelsea show gardens! The well known sponsor M&G approached Roger and the lure of the centenary year proved too strong!!

Armed with a fantastic plan for a very adventurous garden, Roger has incorporated many of the popular design elements of the last 100 years. With a Victorian folly at one end, leading the eye to some contemporary planting and sculpture, it is a very ambitious garden!

We set about growing the following in 5 litre pots. Allium Round & Purple, Allium Gladiator, Verbena bonariensis, Delphinium New Millenium Hybrids, Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, Primula japonica Appleblossom, Euphorbia martinii, Euphorbia purpurea, Geranium Azure Blue, Geranium Eureka Blue, Angelica Vicars Mead, Stachys Silver Carpet, Cirsium diacanthum, Aquilegia’s, Linum perenne, Linaria Neon Lights, Primula beesiana, Primula bulleyana, Anchusa Loddon Royalist, Erigeron Proffusion, Marrubium, Woodruff, Blue Cornflowers, Verbena Homestead Purple and Salvia Royal Bumble.

Growing conditions were very, very challenging with the extended Winter and no Spring! Plants had to be grown under glass and given heat to encourage growth. Thankfully light levels increased with better weather in mid-April. The plants then had to be juggled between tunnels and outside to harden up, to be able to tolerate show garden conditions.

Roger was under no illusions that growing conditions were far from perfect, but with regular visits to inspect the stock 85% of the plants were rubber stamped last week!

We also grew for Coblands who are supplying the ‘Seeability‘ Garden. Alliums, Atriplex rubra and again Angelica Vicars Mead – We think this will be a very popular plant this year!

They say these things come in three’s and lastly but in no ways least, our now good friends Sparrow & Finch approached us to decorate their stand. Their trade stand will sit proudly along main avenue, featuring their ever so beautiful planters and garden wares. We grew lots of unusual herbs and vegetables for the edible planters and under-planted topiary with Euphorbia Diamond Frost, for a smart, sophisticated look.

Good luck guys!!

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Growing for Chelsea

2013 signifies a monumental landmark for the Chelsea Flower Show. This year the show will be celebrating it’s 100th anniversary! Designers will be pulling out all the stops to make it the best show ever!

How Green Nurseries insight into the show comes through local designer Roger Platt. Having dealt with Roger for many years, he has approached us to grow a selection of plants for his M & G sponsored ’Windows Through Time’ Garden.

We are growing a selection of large grasses, along with Alliums, Delphiniums, Lupins and Primulas to name a few! We have grown plants for numerous designers for different shows down through the years. We know the time constraints for growing to a set date can be challenging and this year looks to be no different with this current inclement weather!

We juggle the growing by potting into large pots and alternating our stock from warm tunnels to outside to toughen-up. Fingers crossed we won’t let Roger down.

The M & G ’Windows Through Time’ Garden, I’m sure you’ll agree looks fantastic on paper! A clever garden that takes in the RHS Chelsea Flower show’s different styles and trends down through the years. Contemporary planting and sculpture drifts effortlessly into a more traditional theme, creating a garden that leads the eye.

Check our Facebook site for regular updates on how we are progressing with Rogers plants!