A Welcome Return for Gardeners World Live
Following the 2020 cancellation, Gardeners World returned to the NEC last week on a reduced scale.
Exceptional Plant Material
Although staged in August instead of June, the standard of the plant material was exceptional. Judging was reported as being very difficult due to the high standard.
The competition in the Beautiful Borders category sponsored by eBay was fierce and the resulting Medals awarded were three Platinum, eight Gold, four Silver Merit, seven Silver and two Bronze.
Rosebed in Floral Fantasy
Amongst the Gold Medals awarded was one to Peter Seabrook's Rosebed in Floral Fantasia, featuring the Precious Series of Roses as in his plantings at RHS Hyde Hall.
These are edged with two Verbena's, Seabrook's Lavendar and Margaret, named for his late Wife. The opportunity was taken to actually present the Dean Hole Medal to Colin Squires OBE, awarded to him earlier in the year by the Rose Society. Peter Seabrook is pictured above with Colin Squires OBE who received the Dean Hole Medal from the Rose Society, with Daughter Sarah.
Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants
In the Floral Marque it was good to see regular exhibitors in place such as Hardy's Cottage Plants featuring a renovated Ferguson Tractor that had belonged to his Father Arthur whilst a tribute to a favourite gardener presenter Geoff Hamilton, lost twenty five years ago was made by Barnsdale Gardens with a bust (below) modelled by his youngest Son Chris.
Perennials in Abundance
Other familiar names present were Potash Nurseries, Warmhaven Alliums, Tynings Climbers and Robinson's Vegetables with other exhibitors showing Cacti, Sweetpeas, Bonsai, Herbs and masses of perennials so popular these days.
The opportunity to purchase plants at the show pleased both the public and the nurseries, who were seeking to replenish their event outlay.
*Our thanks to Michael Warren for this news report.