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2016: Our Golden Year...
The following is a collection of images and reflections on our first clean sweep of Gold Awards for show displays in a single show season.
Aside from the occasional Lindley display we have staged for Plant Heritage, and at Harrogate due to seasonal issues, we have never gone a whole show season doing only this form of educational displays.
Take a look at the images and videos and see what you think...

Harrogate Spring Flower Show
We kicked off the season with very few plants opening, so we were very relieved to have decided to go for an educational theme to enable us to explain why, rather than force the plants.
We used ladders to show how you can raise plants off the ground and help protect them against damage, container growing to extend the season, and using Hosta as a food crop.
Harrogate Spring 2016
Malvern Spring Flower Show
We used a similar layout to the Harrogate display and had hoped to show a dramatic difference in the emergence of the display plants from Harrogate. As usual the weather had the last word, and the plants were not that further forward. Rather than worry about this, it proved how the weather greatly affects the natural emergence of the plants. Visitors were heartened to see this in relation to their own gardens.
Malvern Spring 2016
Suffolk Show
This year we asked for a background site on which to stage our display, which was quite a challenge with regard to securing the poster board background. It looked good and once again prompted much positive feedback.
Suffolk Show 2016
BBC Gardeners' World Live
This is the best show of the season for seeing the plants at their best. The colours are so vibrant and it was a real job to know which plants to take, as there is less space for plants on an educational display. We decided not to use the ladders on this display due to lack of space.
Gardeners' World 2016
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
This display was a trial to stage due to the heat and restricted space in which to work. This time we featured quite a lot of varieties that were in flower to illustrate that Hosta do indeed flower, and that they can vary in form as much as the individual cultivars.
The image on the right shows H. 'Arctic Blast', which has a particularly elegant and architectural flower.
Hampton 2016
Tatton Park Flower Show
When we returned to the nursery from Hampton we found H. 'Fried Bananas' flowering. As this is a fragrant flower we decided to feature fragrance in a section of the display at Tatton. The image shows some vases containing fragrant flowers. This proved a great hit with the public as many were unaware that Hosta flower and to find out that some have a fragrance too, was new to them.
Tatton 2016
Sandringham Flower Show
This was a return to Sandringham after more than 10 years away and we celebrated with a Large Gold. This display was a long the lines of the one we did at the Suffolk Show.
Sandringham 2016

Plant lists of every variety used in each of the displays we captured in our mini movies, can be found here.
40th Anniversary
In celebration of our 40th anniversary of our collection, we decided to stage Lindley (educational) displays.
The show organisers were keen for us to do this and the results, from a medal perspective, were brilliant.
2016 Medal Cards

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Medal Cards

The following is a full list of the awards and movie clips of the larger displays:

Harrogate Spring
: NEHS Premier Gold
Harrogate Spring 2016 movie

Malvern Spring: RHS Gold
Malvern Spring Festival video clip

Suffolk Show: SAA Large Gold and the Notcutts Salver awarded for the Best Flower Show Exhibit under 37 square metres in size

BBC Gardeners' World: Gold
Our display at Gardeners' World 2016

Hampton Court: RHS Gold
Our display at Hampton Court 2016

Tatton Park: RHS Gold
Our display at Tatton Park 2016

Sandringham: Large Gold

Floral versus Lindley
Lindley displays differ from Floral in that they include a fourth set of judging criteria covering knowledge and interpretation of that knowledge. They can be problematic to stage as they require much more thought about the messages the exhibitor wishes to convey to engage visitors to the stand.
Last updated: 1/12/2023