Gold standard Nurseries

Nurseries at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

The Great Pavilion at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show extends to an area equal in size to three football pitches; during Chelsea week it’s filled with a glorious array of interesting, new, rare and beautiful plants and stunning floral exhibits created by top plant breeders, growers and nurseries.  Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show:

W & S Lockyer – Auriculas

Louise Batchelor and Simon Lockyer from W & S Lockyer Auricula Specialists with their Gold Medal exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Louise Batchelor and Simon Lockyer from W & S Lockyer Auricula Specialists with their Gold Medal exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Bill, Joan, and Simon Lockyer are specialist growers and breeders of Florist Auriculas. W & S Lockyer won their 4th consecutive Gold Medal at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their stunning exhibit: Florist Auriculas displayed in a traditional Auricula theatre – no mean feat given that most of these double flowered plants would naturally be finishing now – Chelsea is a little late for Auriculas.

W & S Lockyer hold a National Collection of Florist Auriculas, which are the double flowered type you can see here. The Lockyers are lovely people; they are specialist growers of Auriculas, Snowdrops, Nerines, and Hostas. W & S Lockyer don’t have a website, but you can email Simon Lockyer at simonlockyer39@gmail.com for more details.

Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants

Hewitt-Cooper's Gold Medal winning carnivorous plant display at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Hewitt-Cooper’s Gold Medal winning carnivorous plant display at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Nigel Hewitt-Cooper has been growing carnivorous plants for nearly 35 years; Nigel’s expertise has been rewarded again at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where his nursery, Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants, was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants are based in Somerset, they hold a National Collection of Drosera, also known as sundews. You can find the website for Hewitt-Cooper Plants here.

Morrice and Ann Innes – ‘The Potato Story’

The Gold Medal winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit ‘The Potato Story’ was created by Maurice and Ann Innes and sponsored by Thompson and Morgan.

Maurice and Ann Innes must have worked really hard to create this interesting exhibit, showcasing more than 130 varieties of potatoes, including historically important European and South American varieties, other heritage types, including many different coloured potatoes, together with modern varieties that have been bred to offer resistance to Late Blight. Maurice grew his own tubers for the exhibit, as well as growing seed potatoes supplied by the exhibit’s sponsor, Thompson and Morgan. You can find potatoes supplied by Thompson and Morgan, which offer resistance to Late Blight, here.

Kevock Garden Plants

Scottish nursery Kevock Garden Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Scottish nursery Kevock Garden Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Kevock Garden Plants, from Lasswade in Scotland, are suppliers of unusual alpine, bog, woodland plants and bulbs. You can find Kevock Garden Plants website here.

Eagle Sweet Peas

Eagle Sweet Peas Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Eagle Sweet Peas Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Eagle Sweet Peas are a family run nursery; they are specialist growers and breeders of Sweet Peas. You can find the website for Eagle Sweet Peas here.

Hillier Nurseries

Hillier won their 70th Gold Medal at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, here’s just a small section of their beautiful exhibit at Chelsea.

Hillier won a record 70th Gold Medal for their 2015 exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! The amazing breeders, growers and everyone at Hillier deserve their success, I hope they had fun celebrating this monumentous win! You can find the website for Hillier here.

Plantagogo

Vicky and Richard Fox of Plantagogo, with their Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Vicky and Richard Fox of Plantagogo, with their Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

I always look forward to seeing Plantagogo and their beautiful Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas at flower shows. Vicky and Richard Fox are expert growers and breeders of these pretty plants; they have such extensive plant knowledge and are always super helpful. You can find Plantagogo’s website here.

Walkers at Taylors Daffodils

Walkers at Taylors Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Walkers at Taylors were awarded their 19th consecutive Gold Medal at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here’s their amazing Daffodil exhibit!

You can find Walkers at Taylors Bulbs’ website here.

The Botanic Nursery

The Gold Medal winning exhibit from the Botanic Nursery at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Botanic Nursery is a family run nursery from Wiltshire; they hold a National Collection of Digitalis – Foxgloves, and sell Foxglove seeds as well as plants. You can find the Botanic Nursery’s website here.

Clare Austin Hardy Plants – Irises

Claire Austin with her Gold Medal exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

Claire Austin Hardy Plants are a specialist nursery based in Shropshire, supplying Peonies, Irises and perennials; they also hold National Collections of Bearded Iris and Hybrid Herbaceous Peonies. You can find the Claire Austin Hardy Plant Nursery’s website here.

Jacques Amand International

The Gold Medal winning exhibit from Jacques Amand International

The Gold Medal winning exhibit from Jacques Amand International

Jacques Amand International supply bulbs for spring and summer planting, selling only top-sized bulbs. You can find the Jacques Amand International website here.

Bloms Bulbs

Bloms Bulbs Gold Medal winning display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Bloms Bulbs Gold Medal winning display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Bloms Bulbs was established in 1860 and is still a family run business today. Bloms Bulbs supply Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Anemone, Hyacinths, Iris, Scilla, and Fritillaries as well as indoor bulbs. You can find the Bloms Bulbs website here.

Pheasant Acre Plants

Pheasant Acre Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Pheasant Acre Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Pheasant Acre Plants are a family run nursery, based in Bridgend, South Wales. They are expert Gladioli suppliers, they also supply spring flowering bulbs, Hippeastrum and Alliums. You can find their website here.

Kelways Plants

Kelways Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Kelways Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Kelways is one of the oldest plant nurseries in the UK. Based in Somerset, they supply Peonies and Iris. You can find Kelways Plants website here.

Hampshire Carnivorous Plants

Hampshire Carnivorous Plants Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

Hampshire Carnivorous Plants are based in Horton Heath; they supply a wide variety of carnivorous plants, as well as compost, books and everything that beginner and expert growers could require. You can find Hampshire Carnivorous Plants website here.

Brookfield Plants

Brookfield Plants Gold Medal winning display of Hostas at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Brookfield Plants Gold Medal winning display of Hostas at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Brookfield Plants is a family run nursery, based in Kent; they specialise in Hostas and Hemerocallis and hold a National Collection of Hemerocallis.

Avon Bulbs

Avon Bulbs Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Somerset nursery, Avon Bulbs, is a family run nursery supplying quality bulbs for spring, summer and autumn planting. You can find the Avon Bulbs website here.

David Austin Roses

Rosa ‘Desdemona’, one of the most recent introductions from David Austin Roses, seen here on the nurseries Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

Rosa ‘Desdemona’, one of the most recent introductions from David Austin Roses, seen here on the David Austin Roses Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

I always look forward to visiting the David Austin Roses exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious of all the flower shows, with many new and exciting plants being released for sale for the first time at the show. New varieties of roses bred by David Austin are introduced at the show, each year I cannot wait to see them and sample their fragrances. This year I particularly enjoyed seeing Rosa ‘Desdemona’ for the first time, a delicately coloured rose, with a charming fragrance – I detected lemon and myrrh, with an extra hint of fruitiness to its scent! You can purchase Rosa ‘Desdemona’ together with David Austin’s other new introductions, Rosa ‘The Ancient Mariner’ and Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ at the David Austin Roses website here.

Dibleys Nurseries

The Gold Medal winning exhibit from Dibley at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Gold Medal winning exhibit from Dibleys at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Dibleys Nurseries are a family run nursery from Ruthin in North Wales, specialising is breeding and growing Streptocarpus. They have bred some lovely Streptocarpus cultivars, including Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’, which won the coveted award of RHS Chelsea Plant Of The Year in 2010. You can find Dibleys Nurseries website here.

W. S. Warmenhoven – Alliums and Amaryllis

W. S. Warmenhoven’s amazing exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

W. S. Warmenhoven’s amazing Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

W. S. Warmenhoven was founded in 1885, this nursery are specialists in Hippeastrum and Alliums, you can find their website here.

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