RHS Hyde Hall's Floral Fantasia develops as 2020 plans are unveiled

Peter Seabrook's RHS Hyde Hall's bedding display is developing with plans for seasonal planting, trials and a conference.

L-R: Ian le Gros, Ian Bush, Robert Brett and Peter Seabrook (front)
L-R: Ian le Gros, Ian Bush, Robert Brett and Peter Seabrook (front)

Floral Fantasia Hyde Hall is extending with plans for winter 2019 and spring and summer 2020. 

Thousands of bulbs from de Jager and Hayloft are being planted at the bedding display, instigated by Peter Seabrook at the Essex garden on the site of 2018's Thompson & Morgan trial ground. The display now features plants from a wide range of growers and seed companies.

The BPOA is offering support and discussing Floral Fantasia as the “Centre of Excellence for Seasonal Bedding”. 

FleuroSelect's Rudbeckia trial will be at the bedding display next summer as will be the annual FleuroSelect Autumn Retail Conference. Mr Fothergill's and Burpee are helping organise the conference.

Hyde Hall is among gardens that will celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth's birth in 2020 with a daffodil display.

Hyde Hall creator Robert Brett said it was important that Floral Fantasia was industry-wide and included long-life and multi-flowering plants. He said this summer's display had lasted well into autumn and that Seabrook's display had demonstrated the "brilliance" of the bedding industry.

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