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Our best awards year so far

We are thrilled with the medal awards we have received this year.  We have had our best year so far.  Although it has been a lot of hard work all the staff have been thrilled with the results.

We are thrilled with the awards that Caths Garden Plants have been awarded at the Flower Shows this year.  2009 has certainly been our best year so far.  We started the show season at Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April where we were awarded 1st prize in the Innovative category for our exhibit in the category 'Wish you were here'.  The exhibit had to depict a postcard that we wrote from our holiday destination.  We chose the Lake District and depicted the varied gardens of the area from the wetter areas around Ambleside where Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Acers grow compared to gardens in the south of the area like Grange-over-Sands, where the better drained and milder climate allows gardeners to grow more Mediterranean like plants.  Walking boots were used around the exhibit to portray walkers following in the footsteps of Wainright.  They walked around Lake Windermere and through the detritus on the shore.  We were also awarded a Premier medal(top award) and a cup.

Our second exhibit was at RHS Gardeners' World Flower Show at the NEC in June where we were awarded a Gold medal.  As this was the time of year when many of our Paeonia varieties were flowering we had quite a selection on our display.  Our Paeonia 'Coral Sunset' was shown on the Gardeners' World programme.  Due to excellent sales we have sold out of this variety!

Another RHS Gold medal followed at Tatton Park Flower Show in July for our interpretation on the theme 'Holidays'.  We interpreted this with a three-dimensional holiday brochure featuring three destinations - The Caucasus Mountains, China & Japan and the southern states of the USA.  Again our display was featured on television.

Our final show was at Harrogate in September where after much hard work we were again awarded a Premier medal.  This was a difficult display because of the weather conditions as some plants had already flowered and others were struggling to open.  We decided to take advantage of gardens already looking quite autumnal including gourds and shrubs already showing autumn foliage.  Bob introduced some small arrangements here and there and the judges liked all the attention to detail.  I will be writing about our 2010 shows in a future blog. 

Posted: 29/11/2009 19:57:01 by Catherine Sanderson