On the Trail for New Plants
Horticultural Journalists Michael & Lois Warren report on their findings at RHS Chelsea 2019.
This year, they were on the trail for new plants or interesting stories at the latest 'Chelsea'.
Plant of the Year is where nurseries put forward new or exciting plants for the coveted award. This year, a brightly variegated Sedum takesimense Atlantis (‘Nonsitnal’), showed by the National Dahlia Collection, took 1st place.
Agapanthus Fireworks (‘Mdb001’)
Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ (above) put forward by Hardy’s Cottage Plants and bred by Amateur John Fielding was 2nd, with 3rd place going to an interesting repeat-flowering Agapanthus Fireworks (‘Mdb001’) from Sparsholt College.
Both Raymond Evison Clematis (below) from Guernsey and Thorncroft Clematis Nursery from Norfolk gained Gold medals this year, just two of the 57 Gold’s awarded in the Floral Marquee. The standard of exhibits reflected the number of Gold’ awards.
The show drew around 168,000 visitors over the five days and the Great Pavilion contained 100 exhibitors showing their plants 'to perfection'
Michael commented “The logistics of organising such a magnificent show in, what is a limited area that never changes at the Royal Hospital grounds, is incredible”.