Plant Heritage Collection Holders scoop 11 Gold Awards at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Plant Heritage National Collection Holders have been rewarded for all their hard work with a host of medals, scooping 11 Gold, 8 Silver-Gilt, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze awards at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year. This includes 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze awards in the Plant Heritage Marquee. We are delighted for our Collection Holders as their months of preparations have paid off.

Jonathan Hogarth, who holds a brand new National Plant Collection of small and miniature Hosta and is showing for the very first time, was delighted to be awarded Gold and Best Exhibit in the Plant Heritage Marquee:

“I’ve never entered a floral or garden show ever in my life. It started off with just an invitation from Plant Heritage and everyone from the RHS has been so helpful. I’m over the moon and so pleased!”

Jonathan’s Collection of little gems includes some of the rare and sought after "Mice" Hostas with their ‘mouse-like’ ears.

Tynings Climbers won two Golds for their exhibit of hardy and tender climbers in the Plant Heritage Marquee and the Floral Marquee, Passiflora, Jasminum, Thumbergia and Mandevilla.

Bristol Zoo were awarded Silver for their display of the UK’s only ‘dispersed’ National Plant Collection, where many different community groups are responsible for looking after individual Calendula plants that make up the National Collection. The display includes an interactive App designed by Writhlington School in Somerset, which enables visitors to listen to some of the community groups talking about what the project means to them. Children from several of the schools involved and members of some of the other community groups were very excited to attend yesterday on Press Day and talk to visitors about what they’ve learnt from the project.

Paul Harris of Brookfield Plants holds a new Collection of Hemerocallis with the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) and picked up a Silver award for his striking display of expertly grown daylilies.

Dibleys Nurseries who hold a National Plant Collection of Streptocarpus won Gold for their Streptocarpus display in the Floral Marquee and Silver for their display in the Plant Heritage Marquee.

Don Billington from Every Picture Tells a Story holds National Plant Collections of Aechmea, Neoregelia, Billbergia and won a Gold for his natural display of Bromeliads in the Floral Marquee and Silver in the Plant Heritage Marquee.

Also winning Silver in the Plant Heritage Marquee was the National Collection of Myrtaceae, displaying a new variegated form of Ugni molinae.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens won Bronze for their display of their 14th National Plant Collection - Hypericum and Barry Clarke who holds the National Collection of Lobelia species also won Bronze.

Also winning Gold in the Floral Marquee were: Hoyland Plant Centre with their National Plant Collections of Agapanthus and Tulbaghia, Tale Valley Nursery (Rhodohypoxis and x Rhodoxis), The National Dahlia Collection, Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants (Drosera), Fibrex Nurseries (Pelagonium).

Winning Silver-Gilt in the Floral Marquee were: Floyds Climbers and Clematis (Clematis koreana), T3 Plants – Wall End Nursery (Abutilon), The Botanic Nursery (Digitalis), Plantagogo (Heuchera, Heucherella & Tiarella), Hart Canna, Mickfield Hostas and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Camellia & Rhododendron).

Winning Silver in the Floral Marquee were: Hillview Hardy Plants (Acanthus) and Bowden Hostas.

For the Festival of Roses, David Austin who holds the National Plant Collection of English Roses won Gold and Best Rose Exhibit and Peter Beales Roses who hold the Peter Beales Old Rose Collection won Silver-Gilt.

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