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Record day at Chelsea

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru
The ‘White Water’ section of Hilliers exhibit

This cooling corner of green and white foliage and flowers illustrate the ‘White Water’ section of Hilliers exhibit themed on ‘Adventures in Gardening’

Andy McIndoe attracts visitors to Hillier’s gold medal winning 2010 exhibit


Dan Walford with Bernard Cribbins after recording his pearl of gardening wisdom


Exhibitors in the Great Pavilion of the Chelsea Flower Show faced some of the most difficult weather conditions in the build up to this year’s displays. But despite these problems records were broken all round.

Judging by RHS experts was carried out on Monday – the hottest and sunniest day of the year so far – which was enjoyed fully by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family.


Medwyn Williams proudly displays his President’s award for best display in the Grand Pavil


Hillier Nurseries, which occupied the huge Monument site, was awarded its 65th consecutive Gold Medal, much to the relief of Chelsea designer and MD, Andy McIndoe. New plants on the stand included the orchid-like flowers of a new foxglove, Digitalis ‘Serendipidy’ and a stunning shrub with wine coloured flowers that glories in the name of Sinocalycalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’.

Managing director Andy McIndoe said, “I am absolutely delighted with our medal result. Staging the Hillier Chelsea exhibit is a fantastic team effort, and so to win a 65th consecutive Chelsea Gold Medal is a great thrill for the entire Hillier group. We had a mighty battle with the elements this spring, and all credit goes to Ricky Dorlay, who brought all his 45 years’ Chelsea experience to bear in preparing the Hillier plant material.”

In the Secret Garden Diary Room, Scotts Miracle-Gro staff, lead by Dan Walford, were having no trouble attracting gardeners to record golden nuggets of real gardening advice from real people. Visitors included gardeners from Australia and the US together with film personality Bernard Cribbins and other gardening personalities. A library of hundreds of interesting and informative video clips is being gathered and many are available now for viewing right now.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pavilion, Medwyn Williams, famous Welsh grower of a wide range of vegetables and supplier of seed, won his 11th Gold Medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and was awarded the President’s Award for best stand in the giant Pavilion. He displayed 42 different vegetables including blue potatoes and scarlet turnips, all grown with amazing skill and a little help from Levington compost and Osmocote Slow Release Plant Food!


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