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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Best in Show at the National Plant Show

Posted by Graham Rice on 29 Jun 2010 at 01:13 AM

Begonia,Glowing Embers,Allensmore,National,Plant Show. Image: © (all rights reserved) Yesterday afternoon and evening I helped judge the New Plant Awards at the very first British National Plant Show.

We started out with almost sixty entries, and, after much careful deliberation, we gave the award for the Best New Plant in the Show to a new begonia exhibited by Allensmore Nurseries called Glowing Embers (left, click to enlarge). The other judges were: David Clark, formerly Managing Director of Notcutts Nurseries; David Gilchrist of the Horticultural Trades Association; Kate Lowe, editor of the trade magazine Horticulture Week; and Caroline Owen, Managing Director of Scotsdales Garden Centre near Cambridge, one of the country's largest independent garden centres.

Created by Fred Yates, who's developed some superb begonia hybrids in recent years including the Million Kisses series, 'Glowing Embers' is a Begonia pearcei hybrid with single orange flowers which are perfectly set off by the bronze foliage; the large container on display is really impressive.

The New Plant exhibit at the show is well worth a look and in fact the whole show is packed with good plants old and new - and not a sun lounger nor any novelty hand tools to be seen. What a relief! The show features plants - and nothing else. It's open on June 29 and 30 - for more details check the National Plant Show website. I'll be going back to take another look on Wednesday. Oh, by the way, entry is free.



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