Green-fingered Stevenage locals are celebrating their success at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual event runs every July in the South West of London.
One of the successful local entrants was Daisy Roots Nursery which received the Silver Flora Award for their unusual entry of hardy perennial plants. Anne Godfrey, owner of the nursery, said: “This is our second year here and it’s pretty much the biggest show of the season for us, so I’m delighted to be a winner. It would have been nice if it was the Silver Gilt Flora Award, which is what we got last year, but we are still happy.”
Priorswood Clematis Nursery in Ware also won the Silver Flora for their plant and flower display which was put together by siblings Clare and James Greenway.
Gerald, their proud father, said: “It’s great to win as it’s such a prestigious show. We’ve been going for years and have won prizes before. We go for a variety of shows every year.”
Japanese flower arranging teacher at London’s Ohara School of Ikebana England Chapter, Shoko Holness, won the Silver Grenfell Award at the show. She said: “I’m so pleased. We’ve been entering for 12 years and have won awards many times. This year we were given a ‘swinging sixties’ theme by the RHS and had to choose music to go with our exhibition. We chose Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. Other people have chosen other music and it’s a very loud and fun marquee.”
Other winners of the Silver Gilt Flora Award were Hopleys Plants Nursery. Hopleys’ owner Aubrey Barker won for his circular site with paths and a water feature which he designed and created with his wife Jan Adams.