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New Introductions from David Austin Roses for 2018

New David Austin Roses!

At this time of year, I love to see the new rose buds developing on my favourite roses, as they burst into life and produce the first flowers of the year.  At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I am always filled with excitement as I meet the new introductions from David Austin Roses for the first time! 

The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat

The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society Judges at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat was designed by Adam Frost

The Garden was built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces

The Garden was sponsored by Homebase

I caught up with designer Adam Frost at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about the Gold Medal winning garden, The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat, Adam designed for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  

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.

Gold standard Nurseries

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.

2015 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales And Swaps

To head straight to my 2018 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales and Swaps, please click here.

There are many local plant sales, fetes and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free!  Rare, hard to find and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs listed below.  In this list I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens and much smaller plant sales organised by small local groups and everything in between!  

Places To Buy Snowdrops In The Green

Snowdrops are often offered for sale ‘in the green’, where the snowdrops are still flowering, or the flowers are just going over but the leaves are still fresh and green.

It’s really important to buy quality snowdrops from reputable suppliers, firstly to ensure that you receive the snowdrop variety that you’ve purchased, and secondly to ensure that you aren’t buying snowdrop bulbs that have been taken from the wild.