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05 Jul 2018

Provender Nurseries supplies Hampton Court Show Garden by Raymond Blanc - RHS Grow Your own

You may well be hearing the words Hampton Court Flower Show a lot this week. I thought I would give you all a heads up on how Provender Nurseries is involved this year. This is our second instalment of Hampton Court plant supply for 2018.

Provender Nurseries supplied plants to the RHS Grow Your Own with the Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018.

The garden sponsored by the RHS is jointly designed by Ali Dempster of Sandstone Design and Planting Designer and Senior Horticulturist Rossana Porta both regular customers here at Provender Nurseries.

With a theme of edible plants you can grow at home or in small spaces Rosanna Porta, who has managed and planted many award winning show gardens at Chelsea, Hampton Court and much further afield came to Provender Nurseries and tagged some great plants to feature in the show garden.

All plants selected by Rossana had an edible theme with some really unusual choices that we have here on site:

• Broussonetia papyrifera has a really interesting leaf shape and edible orange-red round- pear shaped fruits.
• Mespilus germanica / Medlar is well known for the unusual edible (an acquired taste) fruit that need to become half rotten or ‘bletted’ before they are edible.
• Amelanchier lamarckii is well known as a choice ornamental tree but the fruit are apparently edible too with a sweet apple flavour.
• Cornus mas fruit is edible but only once it has fallen from the tree and was used as a food source back in the Neolithic era.
• Mulberry has been around for years with the fruit well known in children’s nursery rhymes and the fruit often used in pies, tarts, wines and cordials. Apparently the leaves, bark and stem are edible too after the correct preparation methods.

The trees once selected were carefully loaded and delivered 2 weeks ago with the smaller plants selected: Ficus Brown Turkey, Malus, Buddleja and Corylus following on later in the week. The plants look great in situ and providing valuable shade in such a hot week at Hampton Court.

The RHS Grow Your Own with the Raymond Blanc Gardening School is not being judged - which is a shame as the plants look fabulous!

To find out more about RHS Grow Your Own with Raymond Blanc by following this link RHS Grow Your Own

Please note - Provender Nurseries do not promote using any of these plants above for edible purposes.