Kelways to celebrate 160th anniversary at RHS Chelsea 2011

Peony and Iris specialist nursery Kelways of Langport is set to celebrate its 160th anniversary at a special RHS Chelsea 2011 exhibit sponsored by Nomura International PLC.

Kelways’ exhibit at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show aims to recreate the famous ‘Peony Valley’, which has been the nursery’s display field since the 1860s covering five acres and holding over 300 different varieties of peony.

The nursery is holder of the national collection of pre-1940 peonies and visitors to the exhibit will be able to walk through and view banks of peonies leading to a newly restored Kelways archway which previously stood at the head of ‘Peony Valley’.

The exhibit aims to bring visitors on a journey along the nursery’s history from 1851 to the present day, with irises and tree peonies featured at the edge.

New varieties being showcased at RHS Chelsea 2011 include P. Moonstone, which boasts a broad double flower which opens blush pink and then turns to pure white.

Kelways’ managing director Dave Root said of the partnership with Nomura International Plc:  "The Japanese tree peonies that we show speak of the synergy between ourselves and Nomura – the largest bank in Japan and of the centuries old cultural exchange between our countries."

The nursery is also busy growing plants for major show gardens including Jim Fogarty’s Melbourne Botanic Garden, Sarah Eberle’s Principality of Monaco Garden and Luciano Guibelii’s Laurent Perrier garden which includes 800 irises from Kelways.

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