Ribble Valley plant experts win Royal Horticultural Society gold

Holden Clough Nursery's gold medal winning display at the 2013 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.
Holden Clough Nursery's gold medal winning display at the 2013 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.

Last week at the RHS Tatton Park Flower show, Holden Clough Nursery’s display of “Perennials for Northern Gardens” was awarded a prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gold Medal.

The display was located in the middle of the Floral Marquee among the 90 other plant nurseries which attended the flower show from all across the country.

All the plants used to plant up the garden had been grown at the Ribble Valley nursery and there were more flowers than ever before after the recent spell of hot weather.

Holden Clough Nursery’s owner John Foley said: “After the heatwave this month everything came out at once, and I had some of the best plants I have ever used to put our garden together with... it was a mass of colour’.

“Last year the nursery was one point off gold due to the poor weather, but this year it was made up for by getting full marks and we received several compliments from the panel of judges about the creativity of the stand and the outstanding quality of the plants on show.

“The flower show saw more people than ever through the gates, despite it being one day shorter than last year, and this may have been down to the good weather and everyone catching up in the garden after last year.”

Now John and his partner Kate are already busy back at the nursery preparing for next year’s display, but in the meantime Southport Flower show is fast approaching and with it comes another challenge.

At this event Holden Clough will be displaying late summer perennials and hoping to impress the crowds – not to mention the judges – with another award winning display!

The first winner of BBC Young Gardener competition, John Foley writes the gardening page every other week in The Valley section of this newspaper. See page 49 of this edition.