Bolton-by-Bowland pair triumph at Southport Flower Show

FLOWER POWER: JOhn foley and partner Kate Lawson with their best-in-show trophy
FLOWER POWER: JOhn foley and partner Kate Lawson with their best-in-show trophy
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Nursery partners John Foley and Kate Lawson are celebrating a ‘best in show’ triumph at Southport Flower Show.

The pair from Holden Clough Nursery, Bolton-by-Bowland, had not even intended to compete, but were invited at short notice after another competitor withdrew.

They spent three days creating their entry - ‘a vibrant display of hardy perennials’ - and were delighted when the judges said they could not fault it.

“We really only got the display together at the last minute,” said John.

“We had a great weekend at the show and met a lot of our customers there.”

It is the latest accolade for John, who was named BBC television ‘Young Gardener of the Year’ earlier this year.