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Rosemoor goes to the Royal Cornwall Show!

Posted by Rosemoor Garden on 10 Jun 2009 at 09:23 AM

Rosemoor last exhibited a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 - ‘A Taste of Rosemoor’ - so when we were asked to attend the Royal Cornwall Show this year, we decided to take a little piece of Rosemoor out of the garden once more, to show the public what we have to offer here! Although Rosemoor is in Devon, it’s only 25 miles from the Cornish border and 50 miles from Wadebridge where the show is held, so it was an ideal opportunity to market the garden and target a new audience.

With the current trend of ‘growing your own’, we decided to base our show garden on the 3m x 3m vegetable plot that we have at Rosemoor, showing people that’s it’s possible to achieve quite a lot even if they only have a small space. Pete Earl, the Senior Supervisor in the Fruit and Vegetable Garden, was persuaded to stage the exhibit, and along with the help of Jonny Bongo (otherwise known as John Bridge to those that don’t know about his passion for bongo drums!), constructed the garden over a long day. These exhibits always take longer than you think to stage with the attention to detail that is required!

The finished display garden included brick paving, willow hurdles and a range of early vegetables grown in pots on Rosemoor’s nursery to include kohl rabi, spring cabbage, runner and broad beans, peas, oriental leaves, spinach, strawberries, carrots, parsley and chard. There were also some terracotta pots planted with herbs, such as mint, thyme and sage.

The show ran for 3 days and over this time we received a huge amount of questions about all sorts of subjects. ‘How do you control slugs?’, ‘How do you cook kohl rabi?’, ‘How do you grow oriental leaves?’, ‘Is there a treatment for cabbage rootfly?’, ‘What’s good for a beginner to grow?’ and the favourite ‘Where is Rosemoor?’ Hopefully we have helped put it on the map and encouraged some people to visit us in the coming months when the garden is in full bloom. To add to this we also signed up some new members, and received a Gold Medal for the exhibit. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way.

Helen Round, Superintendent – Decorative and Nursery

Comments

Mytilus said:

I saw your display at the Royal Cornwall, and thought it was lush and gorgeous.

Well done!

on 16 Jun 2009 at 12:12 PM