UK-only plants to be highlighted in NFU anniversary garden

A 100-year-old trade union is to use British-grown flowers, fruit and vegetables to celebrate its centenary in a showcase garden.

The NFU hopes its creation will enjoy the success of previous gardens, which have hauled in 34 gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designer Penny Riley, whose team has worked on displays for 16 years and scooped gold gongs for the past 11, said the prizes were a bonus. “We display at the RHS show to promote the quality and range of British produce, plants and flowers and encourage all visitors to buy British whenever they visit their local stores.” The NFU fanfare for British horticulture had been a regular feature of the show since the 1940s, said a representative for the union. Last year Riley scooped the prestigious President’s Award at the show, which this year takes place on 20-24 May.

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