Flower Show Review 2015
This outstanding success of this year’s Flower Show highlighted once again the excellent standard of local nurseries and specialist growers in the New Forest and surrounding area. 17 of the 28 exhibitors came from within a 60 mile radius of the showground. Our two judges, Geraldine King and John Wheatley, were extremely pleased with the standard of the displays presented, particularly as they had never judged many of our local exhibitors before. Both judges are Flower Show Judges’ Guild members, and John Wheatley also judges for the RHS.
Best in Show was awarded to Jacques Amand with their “fireworks display” of cut flowers, the same display they staged at Chelsea Flower Show. They were also awarded the RHS Banksian Medal and the People’s Choice award. Other highlights included Chrysanthemums Direct who were Reserve Best in Show, Garden Secrets’ woodland plant display which won the trophy for the Best Herbaceous Plant Display, and Lockyer’s Fuchsias from Bristol who won the Helmut Gimmler Trophy for Best Pot Plant Display. Kevin Barnett was awarded the Centaur Trophy for the Best Landscape Exhibit.
Nurturing new talent has become a recurring theme at the Flower Show, as demonstrated perfectly by Palms & Exotics, based at Ower, near Romsey. They attended their very first flower show three years ago at the New Forest Show, and have since exhibited across the country. They have also had a brush with stardom, supplying plants to Pinewood Studios for the new live-action “Jungle Book” movie, and will be helping to create life in outer space for the latest “Star Wars” epic later this year. This year, the judges were very impressed with the range and quality of the trees and shrubs on display and they were the worthy winners of the Sir James Scott Bowl. The icing on the cake, however, was when they received a call from the RHS at the end of the first day of the show, inviting them to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show next year.
Our other local exhibitors were Marina Plants with a display of echinaceas, Parks Perennials with a very colourful exhibit of unusual varieties of herbaceous plants, Bournemouth Academy of Floristry who recreated their gold medal winning display from The Hampton Court Flower, Gilberts Dahlias with another stunning display, Spring Meadow Plants, Pococks Roses, Leesa’s Alpines from Chichester exhibiting for her second time, Test Valley Nurseries, Bournemouth Orchid Society, Southampton Cactus Society and The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. We were also pleased to welcome first-time exhibitors Bramley Plants from the Isle of Wight, exhibiting a range of grasses and herbaceous plants.
John Penney – Flower Show Chairman