Lucy Simpson, manager of Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester will be spending the next two months lovingly nurturing blueberry shrubs, borage and mint ready for the UK’s most prestigious flower show, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 May 2015.
The plants will be brought-on, fed and pruned in Lucy’s greenhouse and will eventually add the finishing touches to Plankbridge’s Tradestand Exhibit, a micro-kitchen inside a shepherd’s hut designed for keen gardeners, foragers and experimental cooks to create the freshest of feasts without having to leave the garden.
This is the second year running that The Gardens Group has supplied plants for Plankbridge’s Tradestand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Last year Mike Burks grew marguerites and lavender at Castle Gardens for its 2014 Gardener’s Retreat exhibit, which saw the likes of Monty Don, Ellie Harrison and Diarmuid Gavin stop by.
Lucy explains; “Growing your own produce is really rewarding and can bring colour and interest into the garden all year round. Blueberry shrubs look spectacular in tubs on the patio, while borage is a beautiful blue star-shaped flower, which also makes a stunning garnish in salads and summer drinks. I really hope that this shepherd’s hut garden kitchen inspires gardeners to grow more of their own fruit and vegetables, as well as ornamental flowers and plants.”
Richard Lee, owner and co-founder of Plankbridge adds; “This potting-shed inspired kitchen will demonstrate how eggs, fruit, vegetables and herbs can be enjoyed at their freshest, straight from the garden or allotment. We would like to thank Lucy and The Gardens Group for once again supporting us in completing our Tradestand at Chelsea.”