30 June 2014 By Billy Hawkins
Winning in more ways than one. We won Best Trade Stand in Show at Hampton Court 2014.
This year we once again ran a competition with Sparsholt College; the standard was higher than ever and the decision was a tough one, however...
Our winner was Kate Hart, who is also a volunteer at Uppark, a dental hygienist, and is studying garden design as her second career. The stand was designed to put the greenhouse centre stage, and create soft natural planting.
The Alitex greenhouse and cold frames
We are featuring a Mottisfont from our National Trust greenhouse collection in Wood Sage. With a gable end bench and shelf, plus a planter on the opposite gable with vine wires to support tomato plants and two floor grids inside, we hope to create a busy working greenhouse atmosphere. There is also one freestanding cold frame, again in Wood Sage.
We are lucky to have our friends from Thrive (the gardening charity which changes lives) helping with the supply of herbs and vegetable plants. All others are listed here:
- Achillea mill. Apfelblute
- Agastache Blue Fortune
- Allium sphaerocephalon
- Anthemis tinc. Sauce Hollandaise
- Astrantia major Moulin Rouge
- Clematis Harlow Carr
- Clematis texensis Princess Diana
- Echinacea tenneseensis Rocky Top
- Erigeron Karvinskianus syn.mucron
- Foeniculum vulgare Purpureum
- Gaura lindheimeri
- Gooseberry Whinhams Industry
- Hemerocallis citrina
- Jasminum officinalis Clotted Cream
- Morus nigra Chelsea
- Pennisetum orientale Karley Rose
- Polystichum polyblepharum
- Rosamarinus off. Pointe du Raz
- Salvia x superba Dear Anja
- Stipa tenuissima
- Thymus citriodorus Aureus
- Tiarella Neon Lights
- Trifolium rubens
To keep the stand looking fab... Kate has asked me to update our plant lists with the following:
SOUTH AND EAST BORDERS
Achillea mill. ‘Apfelblute’ / Agastache ‘Blue fortune’ / Allium schaerocephalon / Anthemis tinc. Sauce Hollandaise’ / Echinacea purpurea ‘Primadonna White’ / Gaura whirling lindheimeri / Hemerocallis citrina / Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’ / Salvia x supurba / Stachys ‘Hummelo’ / Morus nigra Chelsea / Gooseberry Whinhams Industry / Erigeron karvinskianus
Foeeniculum vilgare ‘Purpureum’ / Espaliered apples / Astrantia ‘moulin rouge’ / Strawberries / Thymus citriodorus varigated
AROUND GREENHOUSE AND COLDFRAME
Astrantia ‘moulin rouge’ / Athyrium filix ‘mas’ / Galium odoratum ‘Sweet woodruff’ / Polystichum polyblepharum / Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ / Tiarella ‘Neon Lights’
Verbena bonarensis ‘Lollypop’
PERGOLA AND POTS
Wisteria / Vitis coignettiae / Jasminum officinalis ‘Clotted Cream” / Clematis Harlow Carr / Clematis texensis ‘Princess Diana’
The pergola creates an intimate place to sit on the coloured tables and chairs - all popular colours from the Alitex range.
Italian Terrace pots on the stand are 2 Quadro Alto (small) £295 each / 1 Pilone (small) £395
Planting is in raised willow beds with the hurdles made by Water Willows (www.waterwillows.co.uk).
All the hard landscaping is from the National Trust range by Westminster Stone and features Jacobean brick pavers and Cotswold Gold flags.
The shed is also from the National Trust range by Crane sheds.
Do come along and say hello - we'd be delighted to welcome you onto the stand.