SunFlower Square Chelsea success showcases horticulture industry collaboration

SunFlower Square wins silver gilt at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

SunFlower Square for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 wins silver gilt - image: HW
SunFlower Square for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 wins silver gilt - image: HW

The Sun Flower Square garden industry collaborative exhibit in the Chelsea Great Pavilion, spearheaded by Peter Seabrook and co-ordinated by the HTA in association with the GCA brought together more than 120 suppliers, growers and garden retailers and featured more than 40 new plants.

The Sun Flower Square in the Great Pavilion features four model garden displays, each 4m x 4m square, the same size as the average front garden in Britain.

Peter Seabrook said: "We now know the industry can work together. The support I’ve received has been unbelievable. I hope this blueprint that can be taken up by the HTA and developed."

HTA chief executive Carol Paris said: "This exhbit shows how the industry can get together and what can be created in a small space. It's a genuine collaboration between suppliers and retailers."

Lovania Nurseries marketing head Rick McKeever designed and built one of the gardens.

"This is certainly going to raise our profile," he said.

McKeever has built special displays in 10 in garden centres, with the latest in Tong Garden Centre.

The feature included:

  •     Love the Plot You’ve Got – Room Outside – designed by Lovania Nurseries,
  • ·    GCA Golden Jubilee Hanging Basket Garden with Squire’s, Coolings, Perrywood, Cowell’s, Van Hage, Gordale, Old Railway Line, Ruxley Manor, Brookhouse and Meadow Croft. 
  • ·         The Seed Garden - including Suttons, Unwins, Robinsons, Mr Fothergill’s.
  • ·         The Westland Rising Stars Grow your Own Exhibit 

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