Every year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you’ll find a wealth of plant knowledge and expertise inside the Great Pavilion, where specialist nurseries, expert growers, and plants people, come together from all over the world, to showcase some of the special plants they grow and love.
Here’s a look at some of the nurseries and exhibits that were inside The Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016…….
Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman are passionate and enthusiastic cacti growers, they are based in West Bromwich, in the West Midlands. Both Stan and Vicki give talks and advice on growing cacti, travelling up and down the country to spread their love of cacti to both new and experienced growers. If you’d like to visit Craig House Cacti’s website, please click here.
Johnny Walkers is an honorary Vice-President of the Daffodil Society, he was given this award in 2003 to recognise the efforts Johnny has made to promote daffodils and to maintain daffodil quality standards. If you’d like to visit Walkers Bulbs at Taylors’ website, please click here.
Downderry Nursery is an award winning, specialist lavender nursery based in Tonbridge, in Kent. Downderry Nursery propagate 95% of the plants they sell, they sell a wide array of lavender plants, as well as a number of different varieties of Rosemary. To visit Downderry Nursery’s website, please click here.
David Millais is a world expert on Rhododendrons and Azaleas. David is Chairman of the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group, his interest in these evocative plants was established at a young age, as he descends from an acclaimed horticultural family, many of whom were passionate about Rhododendrons and Azaleas. David Millais runs the award winning Millais Nurseries, in Churt, in Farnham, Surrey. If you’d like to visit Millais Nurseries website, please click here.
Jonathan Hogarth is dedicated to small Hostas, the sweet little plants that you can always make room for. If you’d like to visit Hogarth Hostas’ website, please click here.
The scent of these colourful Hyacinths perfumed the air, as I visited the J. S. Pennings de Bilt’s exhibit in The Great Pavilion at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. J. S. Pennings de Bilt are Dutch growers of Hyacinths, Narcissus, Crocus, Tulips, Calla lilies and other beautiful plants, to visit J. S. Pennings de Bilt’s website, please click here.
I look forward to seeing the wonderful Nesta from Jacques Amand at every show I visit. Jacques Amand International are a family run, award winning specialist nursery based in Stanmore, in Middlesex. Jacques Amand International are world experts on rare bulbs, you’ll find so many wonderful plants at their nursery. I wish I had been able to spend more time looking at the exquisite plants on their Chelsea exhibit. If you’d like to visit Jacques Amand International’s website, please click here.
Rosy Hardy from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants has had a busy time of late. At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rosy designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk, and Rosy also designed the planting on Hardy Cottage Garden Plants’ own exhibit in The Great Pavilion. Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants are a family run nursery, based in Freefolk, in Whitchurch, Hampshire. Rosy and Rob Hardy practice the ‘right plant for the right place’ mantra, with their extensive plant knowledge, they are sure to be able to recommend plants that will thrive in the conditions in your garden. If you’d like to visit Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants’ website, please click here.
Vacherot & Lecoufle are famous for their orchids. I so enjoyed seeing their beautiful orchid display at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. If you’d like to visit Vacherot & Lecoufle’s website, please click here.
Lord Cholmondeley, his Head Gardener Barry Grain, and their sponsor Mornflake, were praised for their beautiful recreation of The Cholmondeley Temple Garden, in The Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. The RHS judges awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal for their fabulous exhibit, which featured a stunning water feature and an array of beautiful plants, including the Gunnera manicata at the front of the photograph above. If you’d like to visit Cholmondeley Castle Gardens in Malpas, Cheshire, please click here.
The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden brought their beautiful, interesting and exotic South African plants to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, where the RHS judges presented them with a Gold Medal. If you’re interested in visiting The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, or if you’d like to find out more about this interesting and very special garden, please click here to visit The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden’s website.
Matt Soper is a carnivorous plants expert, grower and breeder, based in Horton Heath, in Hampshire. Matt owns Hampshire Carnivorous Plants where he sells a variety of different carnivorous plants including Sarracenia, Drosera, Dionaea, Nepenthes, Pinguicula, Cephalotus and more! To visit Hampshire Carnivorous Plants’s website, please click here.
Taylors Clematis is a family run nursery, it was established in 1982, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. For the past fourteen years they have been collecting different varieties of clematis, currently Taylors have about 300 different clematis varieties in their care. To visit Taylors Clematis’ website, please click here.
Chris Osborne and his mother Fay, run Kelnan Plants. An award winning specialist nursery based in Penzance, in Cornwall, where together they grow Kniphofias, Proteas, Restios, and other South African and Southern hemisphere plants. To visit Kelnan Plants’ website, please click here.
W. Robinson & Son are family seed company, based in Forton, near Preston, they are particularly known for supplying seeds of mammoth onions, but they sell a wide variety of vegetable seeds and plants. To visit W. Robinson & Son’s website, please click here.
Bowdens Hostas sell Hostas, ferns, grasses, bamboo, and herbs. Over the years Bowden Hostas have amassed a large collection of Gold Medals at the RHS Shows. This award winning nursery is based in Okehampton near Exeter. To visit Bowden Hostas website, please click here.
Pheasant Acre Plants are a family run nursery from Bridgend in South Wales, they supply Gladioli, Hippeastrum, and spring flowering bulbs. To visit Pheasant Acre Plants’ website, please click here.
Pennard Plants are a small nursery from East Pennard in Somerset. Pennard Plants grow an increasing range of heritage seeds and edible plants, as well as Agapanthus. To visit Pennard Plants’ website, please click here.
Daisy Roots is a small, independent, specialist nursery run by Anne Godfrey. Daisy Roots are based in Hertford, in Hertfordshire, this lovely nursery is the ideal place to buy beautiful, healthy, reliable, hardy, perennial plants and grasses. To visit Daisy Roots’ website, please click here.
Rotherview Nursery are a family run nursery, based in Hastings, in Sussex. Rotherview Nursery have an extensive collection of alpine plants, they also sell Camellias, ferns, and perennials. To visit Rotherview Nursery’s website, please click here.
Peter Beales Roses are award winning rose growers, based in Attleborough, in Norfolk. Peter Beales Roses sell both bare root and containerised roses, as well as garden centre products and other garden plants. To visit Peter Beales Roses’ website, please click here.
The award winning nursery, Kevock Garden Plants are based in Lasswade, near Edinburgh, in Scotland. Kevock Garden Plants are specialist growers of unusual alpine, bog, woodland, herbaceous plants, shrubs and bulbs. To visit Kevock Garden Plants’ website, please click here.
The RHS judges presented Avon Bulbs with a Gold Medal for their amazing floral exhibit in The Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Avon Bulbs are a family run nursery, from South Petherton in Somerset. Avon Bulbs are expert growers, they have received numerous Gold Medals and awards, at various RHS Shows. To visit Avon Bulbs’ website, please click here.
Rob Chapman of Victorian Violas is based in Lincoln in the UK, he’s a specialist grower and breeder of Violas, supplying many different varieties, including many new and scented types of Viola, to visit Victorian Violas’ website, please click here.
Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries are specialist growers of alpine, woodland plants, bog plants, unusual perennials, including Anemones, Primulas and Rhodohypoxis. Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries are based in Stanley near Durham in the UK. To visit Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries’ website, please click here.
McBean’s Orchids are a long established and much loved, orchid nursery, founded in 1879, they are one of only three original exhibitors at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. McBeans’s Orchids are specialist growers of Oncidium, Dendrobium, Brassia, Cymbidium, Phalaenopsis and Zygopetalum. To visit McBean’s Orchids’ website, please click here.
Established in Cornwall in 2003, Penberth Plants is an award winning nursery that specialises in rare and unusual plants, including plants from South Africa. Penberth Plants are specialist growers and breeders, supplying plants such as Aeonium, to the UK and mainland European countries that are members of the EU. To visit Penberth Plants’ website, please click here.
Southfield Nurseries are the largest cacti nursery in the UK, also known as Cactusland, Southfield Nurseries propagate all of the plants themselves. Southfield nurseries are based in Bourne in Lincolnshire, they have over 750 different varieties of cacti, many of which they have bred themselves. To visit Southfield Nurseries website, please click here.
H. W. Hyde & Son were founded in 1926, this family run nursery are specialist growers of lilies and other bulbs. H. W. Hyde & Son are a multi award winning nursery who are renowned for the quality of their lilies; they grow all of their plants in Dalefoot Composts peat free, wool based compost. To visit H. W. Hyde & Son’s website, please click here.
Other articles that may interest you………
To read about the new introductions from David Austin Roses for the 2016/2017 season, please click here.
To see photographs from The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, please click here.
To see photographs from The RHS London Orchid Show 2016, please click here.
For gardening advice for mid-May to mid-June, please click here.
For gardening advice from mid-June to mid-July, please click here.
For information about long flowering container plants that will attract bees and butterflies to your garden, please click here.
For information about beautiful, edible plants to enhance your garden, please click here.
For a 2016 calendar of specialist plant fairs, festivals, sales and swaps, please click here.