Nurseries reveal designers for Chelsea

Plant suppliers Hortus Loci and Crocus identify the designers they are lining up for next year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Bugg: supplied by Hortus Loci for RHS Chelsea Flower Show next year - image: RHS
Bugg: supplied by Hortus Loci for RHS Chelsea Flower Show next year - image: RHS

Growers are gearing up for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 with Hortus Loci supplying young designers Hugo Bugg (aged 26), sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, and Matthew Childs (30), sponsored by Brewin Dolphin.

The Hampshire nursery is also supplying former best-in-show winner Cleve West, who is designing the M&G Investments garden.

Hortus Loci director Mark Straver said: "We're cutting back from last year to do less but better." He suggested that Bugg may be the youngest show garden designer ever, but John van Hage was 26 when he designed the Daily Express garden in 1991 and Bugg will be slightly older than that by next May.

Hortus Loci is also supplying Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam (Cloudy Bay). Meanwhile, Crocus is supplying Luciano Guibellei (Laurent Perrier) and Del Buono and Gazerwitz (The Daily Telegraph).

Director Peter Clay said Crocus is focusing on being a plant retailer but "it's important to show our ability to walk the walk". Kelways is believed to be supplying Charlotte Rowe's Coutts-sponsored garden (see p14).

In Bloom - Theme chosen for floral marquee

Jon Wheatley is designing a "50 years of Britain in Bloom" garden for the floral marquee at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.

Suttons Seeds has been confirmed as a supplier, while other amenity and bedding growers in the South West region will also provide plants.

Wheatley said: "It's a mixture of edibles and high-performance dahlias, a bit of artistry and indoor production to promote British horticulture."

He added: "It's a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the In Bloom competition and to focus on the plants that matter in communities."

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