William Dyson, curator at Great Comp Garden and owner of Dyson's Nurseries is to return to RHS Chelsea next week after a break of 11 years to showcase plants from his Salvia collection.
Dyson has spent 20 years building a diverse collection of shrubby Mexican Salvias in the UK and has developed many new species at Dyson's Nursery on site at Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks.
He will be exhibiting 100 square metres of salvias on his 10x10m stand in the Pavilion. He said: "It's wonderful to be back at RHS Chelsea. I've spent most of the past 20 years developing, breeding, selecting and perfecting the cultivation of New World Salvias especially the shrubby Mexican types."
Prior to 2001 nobody had put on a single genus flower display of these remarkable flowers at an RHS event. Dyson's inaugural exhibit at Vincent Square for the RHS Autumn Show in 2001 achieved a gold medal, and he went on to exhibit his salvias at RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court.
In the 11 years since exhibiting at Chelsea, he has developed new hybrids including: Dyson's Joy and Dyson's Gem, and as curator at the Great Comp in Sevenoaks, he has spent a great deal of time developing the 3ha garden bringing up the standard and improving the diversity of planting as well as developing Great Comp's own shows and events.
He will also be launching a new salvia at Chelsea this year. He said: "I am launching 'Love and Wishes' on behalf of an Australian breeder, it is the third in the 'wishes' series which includes 'Wendy's Wish' and 'Ember's Wish'. 'Love and Wishes' has a lot going for it; a long flowering period (June - October), sumptuous reddish purple flowers with burgundy stems and calyces and attractive foliage. I rate the wish series very highly and 'Love And Wishes' makes a fantastic specimen for a container".
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