John Foley and Kate Lawson, of Holden Clough Nursery, not only managed to clinch a large gold medal, but also the trophy for best hardy plants for the third year in a row at last week’s Southport Show .
The event is the second biggest flower show in the North, attracting crowds from across the country and the nursery’s display was a kaleidoscope of colour with all the plants having been grown outdoors.
John said: “With the recent heavy rain and strong winds it certainly tested the plants and also limited what was display quality so we certainly didn’t have the normal full selection.
“However, one thing it always ensures is the hardiness of our plants and we like to get this across at all the shows we go to. We don’t hide big display plants in poly tunnels, everything is grown outside and what you see is what you get as the display is made up using our sale plants.”
This is now the third year in the row that the nursery has won the top large gold award – the “FA cup of gardening” as John calls it.
Carol Klein, of BBC Gardeners, World who presented the trophy to John and Kate, said: “It’s incredible how all the colours are blended together so tastefully. And to say they’re some of the youngest exhibitors in the show it’s great to see them flying the flag for horticulture.”
Next in line for the nursery, and the final show of the year, is the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show which will take place from September 12-14th.
John plans to exhibit an autumnal stand with seed heads and autumn shades which will fly the flag for gardening in the Ribble Valley.