They have created a container around the theme of ‘home-grown gardening’ which will take pride of place at Peter Seabrook’s ‘The Sun – Flower Square’ when Chelsea opens its gates next week.
Hana Parker – Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Taunton, said: "The chance to participate at the Chelsea Flower Show would give me great insight. I’ve never been to Chelsea and would love to see for myself the beautiful and inspiring garden and plant creations the Show is famous for."
Kathryn Crouch – Haskins Garden Centre, West End, Southampton said: "I’m growing an Apple Chutney Pot. This is a planting display to show why companion planting is important. It features an apple column and is packed with plants that benefit apples, including Chives, Chamomile, Wallflowers, Lavender, Viola and Garlic."
Sam Clark – Cowell’s Garden Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne said: "My theme is edible flowers. All the plants have either edible flowers or foliage. A twist on the ‘home-grown gardening’ theme. Hemerocallis in the centre, Along with Allium Sphaerocephalon. Lavender Dwarf. Chamomile to tumble and cover the edge of the pot."
Will Clark & Kathryn Bailey – Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, said: "We are proposing a contemporary, tiered, contained display to show off the relatively new and extremely beautiful Petunia Heartbreaker under planted with more Petunias.
Rising Star candidates’ work will be assessed throughout the year to review the various elements on which the finalists have received training. The best performing participants will be invited to the 2017 GCA conference where they will showcase some of their work to the audience and talk about the difference it has made. A final winner will then be voted for by conference attendees.
This year’s contenders have been invited to each create a container around the subject of ‘home-grown gardening’, which will be on display in The Sun – Flower Square garden.
They will travel down to the show and talk to visitors and VIPs about their creation.
Keith Nicholson, marketing director for Westland Horticulture, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Rising Stars and their garden centres to exhibit at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which will be held during the Queen’s 90thbirthday celebrations."