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Wednesday, 26 May 2010 03:31

John Woods Nurseries has won the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal for its Upwardly Mobile garden design and planting, currently on display at stand GPE/10 at the event. The award recognises the development work and creative thinking behind the concept of this innovative front garden feature.

The award win continues the busy start to the event for John Woods Nurseries after the company played host to a star studded guest list on Monday, the first day of the Show. Dropping in on Upwardly Mobile were thespians, Sarah Lancashire, Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Derek Jacobi, TV presenter Linda Barker and music legend Lulu  – who particularly liked the Twist’n’Shout hydrangea.

John Woods Nurseries scoops Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

John Woods Nurseries has won the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal for its Upwardly Mobile garden design and planting, currently on display at stand GPE/10 at the event. The award recognises the development work and creative thinking behind the concept of this innovative front garden feature.

The award win continues the busy start to the event for John Woods Nurseries after the company played host to a star studded guest list on Monday, the first day of the Show. Dropping in on Upwardly Mobile were thespians, Sarah Lancashire, Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Derek Jacobi, TV presenter Linda Barker and music legend Lulu – who particularly liked the Twist’n’Shout hydrangea.

John Lord, managing director at John Woods Nurseries, was delighted with the award. “Upwardly mobile shows how easy it is to create kerb-to-frontage appeal to a home with original front garden design,” he said. “We’ve used plants that are happy in different types of soils and situations, for example, to help inexperienced gardeners understand their options. We’re delighted that the judges recognised the design principles, the planning and the sheer hard work that were necessary to bring this feature to life.”

Upwardly Mobile, part of Generation Gardens - a special feature at the show sponsored by The Sun and comprising six front garden designs - is showcasing plants from the company’s Endless Summer and First Editions ranges amongst others. Plot sizes on Generation Gardens are 5m x 5m and are backed by a house front to capture visitors’ imagination. At the end of the show, key elements of Upwardly Mobile will relocate to the National Gardening Centre at Capel Manor College to occupy a larger plot of 11m x 7m. Here key elements will evolve into a family-friendly back garden, supported by the rear facade of a modern contemporary family home.

The theme of the Upwardly Mobile garden is to demonstrate how easy it is to create a garden - especially your first – and take components of it, such as planted containers, with you when you move home. In this way, you take your ideas and learning with you throughout life. The idea for the project arose from discussions between John Lord, managing director at John Wood Nurseries and The Sun’s gardening correspondent and renowned expert, Peter Seabrook, who is working closely with the company on the project. The project has also benefited from the specialist skills of landscape garden design partnership, DEAKINLOCK, also based in Suffolk

The garden incorporates some great plants from John Woods Nurseries. Drawing on the company’s broad range, the designers have made wide use of the Endless Summer range of repeat-flowering Hydrangeas, in particular the new lace-cap Twist ‘n’ Shout. From the First Editions range will be the evergreens, Coprosma Pacific Sunset and the first ever variegated Diervilla, US-developed Cool Splash, showing how to brighten up those dry shady areas. Complementing these is the striking Cornus VenusTM, recognisable by its large creamy-white bracts which appear for up to three weeks from mid to late May.

Capel Manor College in Enfield, north London, is the UK’s National Gardening Centre and home to 30 display gardens based on typical urban garden plot size. Every year, some 60,000 people visit Capel Manor College to get new ideas and inspiration for their gardens. Writers, broadcasters and photographers also use Capel Manor College as a reference point.

The relocation of Upwardly Mobile to Capel Manor College represents the point when the hypothetical new gardeners decide to move to a larger property and recreate their garden at their new home. The project aims to demonstrate how easy this can be with versatile plants and flexible garden design. Upwardly Mobile will remain at Capel Manor College.

More information: www.johnwoodsnurseries.co.uk and www.endlesssummerblooms.com


Editors’ notes

John Woods Nurseries

John Woods Nurseries was incorporated in August 2007, following a management buyout of the then Notcutts Nurseries by managing director John Lord and finance director John Kirkham.

The original John Woods Nurseries was established in 1837 and purchased by RC Notcutt in 1897. The name was chosen for the new business to reinforce the company’s heritage and authenticity.

John Woods produces hardy nursery stock on a ninety-five acre site in Suffolk. Sixty acres are currently in production, with the remaining thirty-five available for expansion.

The company’s product range extends to 1,500 lines in a range of sizes across shrubs, perennials, roses, ericaceous plants, climbers, trees and fruit. More than 1.3million units are produced annually.

ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited, John Woods Nurseries is one of the UK’s top five nurseries supplying the garden retail market. Annual turnover is approximately six million pounds.

John Woods Nurseries is exhibiting on stand GEP/10 at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010. The Show takes place from 25-29 May at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.

Industry Awards

Grower Awards ’09 - Trade Marketing Campaign of the year

Garden Retail Awards ’09 - Most successful new plant

Grower Awards ’08 - Trade Marketing Campaign of the year

Garden Retail Awards ’08 - Most successful new plant

Key plants featured in Upwardly Mobile

Cornus Venus™ (‘Kn30-8’) – the Prestigious collection

Cornus VenusTM is recognisable by its extremely large creamy-white bracts which often reach a diameter of 15cm and appear for up to three weeks from mid to late May. The striking bracts make an unusual and long-lasting addition to cut-flower arrangements.

The plant is vigorous and hardy, has large glossy leaves and sets a large amount of flowering buds - even when young. Beautiful autumn colour in shades of yellow, orange and violet add an extra season of interest.

Coprosma Pacific Sunset (‘Jwncopps’) - First Edition

Pacific Sunset is a striking Coprosma with an evergreen, glossy foliage variegated with contrasting tones of bright coral and deep purple. The colour is most intense in spring and late autumn. With a neat upright habit, Pacific Sunset is ideal for patio containers with an eventual height and spread 1.5m and hardy to -5°C. The Coprosma Pacific Sunset won best patio plant innovation at IPM 2010, one of Europe’s largest professional horticultural trade shows held in Essen, Germany.

Diervilla Cool Splash (‘LPDC PODOSA’) – First Edition

Another member of the First Editions range, the US-developed Cool Splash™ is perfect for brightening up those dry shady spots. The eye-catching, crisp white variegation thrives in dry shade and is also happy in full sun. A densely-branched deciduous shrub closely related to Weigela, Diervilla sessilifolia Cool Splash™ is hardy, easy to grow and keeps its clean fresh variegation well into autumn. Producing tiny yellow flowers in late May/June, Cool Splash reaches a height and spread of approximately 1m x 1m in five years.

Endless Summer® Hydrangeas Pink and Blue (‘Bailmer’)

A summer-long bloomer – from June through to autumn frosts, these hydrangeas are highly versatile, producing flowers on old and new growth, meaning they are unaffected by late frosts or incorrect pruning.

The Endless Summer Hydrangea features fresh blue (acid soil) to lively-pink (alkaline soil) flowers. Mature height and spread are 1.5m x1.5m.

Endless Summer® ‘The Bride’ joined the Endless Summer range in 2008. Another season-long bloomer, The Bride displays large, glorious clusters of white flowers which gradually mature to a sweet, blush pink. Like all hydrangeas in the Endless Summer range, The Bride can be pruned at will without affecting its ability to bloom. The Bride will also provide spectacular cut flowers.

Endless Summer® Hydrangea Twist-n-Shout™

Hydrangea Twist-n-Shout™, is the newest member of the Endless Summer range of repeat-flowering Hydrangeas. Its blooms have a pink centre surrounded by warm pink florets, which in acidic soil take on a periwinkle blue hue. Visual appeal is further enhanced in autumn when the foliage takes on attractive burgundy-red autumn tints. Twist-n-Shout™ boasts extraordinary repeat flowering characteristics and superior hardiness thanks to its Penny Mac and Lady in Red parentage. Mature height and spread are 1.5m x1.5m.

DEAKINLOCK Garden and Landscape Design

DEAKINLOCK is a leading professional practice of independent landscape and garden designers. Established by Chris Deakin MSGD and Jason Lock MSGD in 2008, the East Anglia-based partnership works on landscape and garden designs throughout the UK and overseas.

Chris and Jason’s vision for DEAKINLOCK is to provide inspirational garden design of the highest standard. They enjoy creating beautiful, stimulating spaces that are individually tailored to each client and location, drawing on the spectacular and varied East Anglian Landscape.

In 2001, Chris was awarded full membership to the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD) and received the Association of Professional Landscapers’ Supreme Award in 2005. Chris was recently elected to the Council of the Society of Garden designers.

Jason Lock MSGD has worked in the garden design industry for over 20 years, becoming a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers in 1994. During his career he has been Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers and was recently appointed as its Chief Executive.

Capel Manor

Capel Manor is Greater London’s only land-based further education college. From its main campus in Enfield and regional centres at Gunnersbury Park, Crystal Palace, Barking and Regents Park, the college provides a wide range of courses to its 2600 students.

Staff and Students at Capel Manor frequently win awards for designing and building memorable gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and, this year, will be assisting with the construction of John Woods Nurseries’ Upwardly Mobile garden. The college is also involved with an exhibit in the Life Long Learning in the Main Marquee on Preventing Crime in your Garden.

The National Gardening Centre forms part of 30 acres of theme gardens at Capel Manor’s Enfield site.

For more details about the many events and activities hosted at the gardens, visit www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk.

For details on the courses available at Capel Manor College, see www.capel.ac.uk.


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