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My National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species

It may surprise you to know that in the garden, as well as on the catwalk, fashions change and evolve, often quicker than we expect.  A plant that’s regarded as a ‘must have’ plant one minute, can soon be taken for granted and neglected, before being cast aside and forgotten the next.  Our fast evolving and progressive plant trends could result in the extinction of some of the plants that we once held dear. 

Jonathan Hogarth and his Hostas at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Jonathan Hogarth of Hogarth Hostas holds a National Collection of Small and Miniature Hostas.  In 2016 Jonathan exhibited his Hosta collection at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where the RHS judges presented him with a Silver-Gilt Medal, and at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where Jonathan was presented with a Gold Medal and the Best Plant Heritage Exhibit by the RHS judges.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is the world’s largest annual flower show!  This family orientated Show covers 34 acres of ground, occupying both sides of the Long Water, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

This year Garden Designer Juliet Sargeant has designed the RHS Kitchen Garden, which has been created to showcase a number of innovative methods used to grow edible plants.  

Kate Gould, Keith Chapman, and the City Living Garden

City Living was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens.  The RHS judges presented this Fresh Garden with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!

This Fresh Garden was awarded a Gold Medal, and the coveted title of Best Fresh Garden, by the RHS judges at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Hogarth Hostas at Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows 2016

Jonathan Hogarth, of Hogarth Hostas, tending to his display of small and miniature Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

I so enjoyed catching up with Jonathan Hogarth, from Hogarth Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, where the RHS judges awarded the Hogarth Hostas exhibit a Silver-Gilt Medal.   

Jonathan Hogarth, of Hogarth Hostas, pictured with his display of small and miniature Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is the world’s largest annual flower show!  The Show covers 34 acres of ground, occupying both sides of the Long Water, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

The Floral Marquee is 6,750 square metres in size – big enough to house an FA football pitch!  Here you’ll find an array of award-winning specialist nurseries, selling a diverse range of interesting and exciting plants.  

Award winning Nurseries at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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…….

Chris Beardshaw and The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital was designed by Chris Beardshaw. The Garden is pictured here at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, where the RHS judges awarded the garden with a Gold Medal.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital was designed by Chris Beardshaw.  This garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.  

Gold Medal Nurseries At Hampton Court Flower Show

Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from The Royal Horticultural Society’s 2015 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show……….

This is the Gold Medal winning display of Pelargoniums from Fibrex Nurseries Ltd at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Established by Hazel and Dick Key some 46 years ago, Fibrex Nurseries are a family run nursery, they hold National Collections of Hedera and Pelargonium.

Slug-Proof Plants

If you have an abundance of slugs and snails in your garden and your favourite delphiniums are disappearing overnight, next time you’re visiting your favourite nursery or garden centre, stock up on plants that are less appealing to slugs and snails.

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ seen here on the Gold Medal Winning, Brookfield Plants display at RHS Chelsea Flower 2015

Hostas are often thought of as the number one dining choice for slugs and snails, but this isn’t the case for every Hosta.