Glendale Horticulture seeks show gardeners

Glendale Horticulture head of garden design Lewis Normand has invited designers with a desire to produce show gardens during the 2017 show season to discuss plant requirements with him as early as possible "to ensure best quality end results".

A Dog's Life
A Dog's Life

Glendale Horticulture contract grew for several show gardens at each of the main RHS shows in 2016 continuing their four-year return to show garden plant production and are keen to undertake even more in 2017.

Normand said; "It’s never too early to start discussing plant selections and ambitions for finished sizes with your grower. Some plants will naturally look good for the shows and generally aren’t a major concern, while others prove to be a huge challenge. The earlier these plants are started the better the likelihood for success. In a perfect world, growers would know two years before any show garden was produced what was needed." 

He added: "Even before designs are accepted for the shows, it is a good idea to contact us to get estimates on costs and look at feasibility. A number of designers in recent years have had to compromise their desired look because they left plant discussions too late."

Glendale Horticulture supplied plants from seed and young plant material for Nick Bailey’s Beauty of Mathematics garden on Main Avenue at Chelsea and Paul Hervey-Brookes’ ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ garden.

Glendale Horticulture hopes to have similar challenges in 2017 and beyond to continue to produce a broad range of plants for shows, with plants already in production for a couple of special gardens with details to be revealed at a later date.


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