Specialist nursery Kelways plans Chelsea centenary exhibit

Peony and Iris grower Kelways is planning its largest ever stand for Chelsea Flower Show 2013 at 10 x 10 metres.

The grower is one of three exhibitors who have consistently shown and were present at the inaugural Chelsea Flower Show in 1913.

The Kelways stand will be made up of four quarter circle beds and will include peonies, irises and tree peonies, and may feature other plants such as gladiolus, delphiniums and cineraria.

One quarter of the stand will be dedicated to celebrating Kelways history and the flowers and vegetables grown by Kelways in 1913. This part of the display will be brought to life with the assistance of London florist Rebel Rebel, from Hackney’s Broadway Market.

‘Underground Overground’ - the title for this section of the display – will feature a mature pear tree with individual root vegetables suspended from its branches. Beneath the tree will be flower varieties such as delphiniums, peonies, phlox, pyrethrum, gaillardia, rudbeckia, antirrhinum, hollyhocks, iris, gladiolus and sweet peas. 

Managing director Dave Root will launch his first book at the show – an update of James Kelway’s 1952 book on Peonies.

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