Dozens of industry firms contribute to HTA/APL 40 Sunbury Road Chelsea exhibit

The industry showcase exhibit; 40 Sunbury Road at RHS Chelsea Flower Show will feature five new plant launches and dozens of companies products and plants.

The garden, put together by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), is run in conjunction with Peter Seabrook and The Sun and is a celebration of Seabrook's 40 years working at the newspaper.

APL member Bowood Landscapes has helped to build the garden, which features ideas and inspiration from a typical modest suburban back garden, and celebrates and promotes the the garden and landscape industry in the UK.

HTA operations director Martin Simmons said: "40 Sunbury Road is a great collaboration which will showcase the UK horticulture industry at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We hope that members maximise the opportunity provided by the week long TV coverage and wider media platform that the show provides."

The 16m x 5m plot in the Great Marquee features plants and sundries from growers and suppliers all of which are available nationwide in UK garden centres.

The garden will include planted teapots grown by school children and dementia sufferers suggesting that anything can be used to bring fun and enjoyment into the garden. Westland Horticulture’s ‘Rising Stars’ have created specially planted containers, with the three Rising Stars themselves also being at the show on Thursday, May 25 to tell the story of their container, which is based around the theme of ‘unusual containers’.

There is also a WonderWall – a living wall full of flowering plants and strawberries.

The garden will feature a number of new plants including five that have been entered for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year; Mulberry Charlotte Russe (Suttons), Pelargonium PAC Spanish Wine Rose (Cramden Nursery), Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata Joes’ (Frank P Matthews), Lilly Sunset Joy (Pinetops Nurseries) and Strawberry Just Add Cream (Thompson & Morgan).

Member grown bedding and container plants will be on display, as well as trees, shrubs and other structural elements supplied by HTA and APL members.

Individuals involved include Westland Rising Stars:

Kathryn Hunt – Stewarts Garden Centre in Christchurch, Dorset: "My container is created in homage to my beloved black Labrador Harley who died last year. One of Harley’s favourite pastimes, was going for walks in Black Park, a vast woodland area with fields and heathlands and also a massive man-made lake. The plants in the container are plants that grow there throughout the park. The rustic barrel planter and the bark that has been used to top dress it, add to the ‘woodland’ look."

Sarah Stewart – Klondyke Garden Centre in Falkirk, Scotland: "I will be using a kettle barbeque as the container with a mini garden inside. This will be planted with a selection of alpines, ferns and grasses, some lovely pebbles to give it a landscaped look and some bunting to give a real sense of celebration."

Emma Blackmore – Bents Garden Centre in Preston: "I’ve created my container in a toy car which we have in our children’s Boutique at Bents range. It’s planted with some really bright and colourful bedding plants. I got inspiration from my daughter who spends so much time exploring and playing outside but doesn't tidy up after herself, so you're sure to find some sort of toy lying around."

Companies and brands from across the industry have joined together to contribute to 40 Sunbury Road including:

  • Aylett Nurseries,
  • Armlee Nurseries,
  • Ball Colegrave,
  • Barcham,
  • Benary,
  • Big, 
  • Cramden Nursery,
  • Dobies,
  • Double H Nurseries, 
  • Eden,
  • Evi loves you!,
  • Fleuroselect,
  • Floranova,
  • Forest,
  • Frank P Matthews,
  • Genesis,
  • Hozelock, 
  • KADO,
  • Majestic Trees,
  • Myerscough College, 
  • Neudorff,
  • Pinetops,
  • Plants for Europe,
  • Quantil,
  • Rolawn, 
  • Seiont,
  • Suttons,
  • The David Colegrave Foundation,
  • Thompson & Morgan,
  • Westland,
  • Wood BloX,
  • WonderWall,
  • Wyevale Nurseries 

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