AN EXPERT horticulturalist from the Ribble Valley has won “silver’’ at a prestigious flower show.
Peter Foley, of Waddington, headed a team that put together an impressive display of plants from gardens across Lancashire and Cumbria, that so wowed judges at the Southport Flower Show they awarded the team a silver medal.
The plants all came from the gardens of members of the North West branch of the plant conservation charity Plant Heritage which has its North West branch in the Ribble Valley.
The aim of the group is to conserve a wide variety of cultivated plants that are in danger of being lost amid the various new plant varieties that are being released to enhance people’s gardens.
Many of the older varieties are essential not only for their charm and historic value for also for their possible use in any future breeding work. Plants that caught visitors’ eyes at the show were many unusual varieties of Hydrangea on display together with two lovely roses from Dutton Hall, Ribchester, the home of Plant Heritage chairman Catherine Penny which recently featured on BBC’s “Gardeners’ World.’’ These included ‘Robin Hood’ a fragrant, repeat-flowering musk rose and ‘Autumn Delight’, a hybrid musk with fragrant, soft creamy-yellow flowers. Peter, whose team included his fiancee, Liz Dean and Robert Scott of Southport, is a regular exhibitior at Southport and this year his son, Mr John Holden of Holden Clough Nursery, was awarded the Southport Chamber of Trade Trophy for the best herbaceous plants exhibit in the show, an award which Peter had received for the nursery’s exhibit in 1994.
Dutton Hall will host an open afternoon for Plant Heritage on Saturday, September 8th, from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. This will give visitors the opportunity to view the classic rose gardens in early autumn. Entrance is £4 and children are free, Refr