Photo Gallery: Norfolk nurseries celebrate Chelsea Flower Show golds

Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 19, 2014. See PA story CONSUMER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 19, 2014. See PA story CONSUMER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
9:16 AM

There was double celebration for Norfolk nurseries at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this morning as Peter Beales Roses from Attleborough and Thorncroft Clematis, from Reymerston near Dereham, were awarded gold medals for their exhibits in the Grand Pavilion.

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Lily Cole at House of Fraser's garden during the press day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 19, 2014. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA WireLily Cole at House of Fraser's garden during the press day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 19, 2014. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Peter Beales Roses announced the win on social media with the words: “We are really pleased to announce that we have just won our 21st RHS Chelsea Gold Medal. Well done to Ian Limmer (Nursery Manager) and his team - the last few months of preparation have really paid off!!”

Mr Limmer said they were “delighted” with the award particularly as the weather had been against them.

“We were rather nervous because the weather has been hot and the roses have been peaking too early. But then every exhibitor has had this problem. We have been watering practically non-stop.”

While Thorncroft Clematis said simply “It’s a GOLD !!! No.8 yes 8 in a row!” and showed a photograph of their award.

Over half of the nurseries and growers within the Great Pavilion, the floral heart of the show, achieved gold medals for their displays. The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best display was awarded to South West in Bloom for their display celebrating 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom.

Outside in the show gardens the Laurent-Perrier garden won both RHS Gold and Best Show Garden in the 101st year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments. The award is Luciano Giubbilei’s third gold at Chelsea.

Six show gardens were awarded gold with seven silver-gilt and one silver and a bronze.

The House of Fraser garden designed by landscape and garden experts Chris Deakin and Lason Lock from Earsham, near Bungay, was awarded a silver flora in the Fresh Garden category. Their garden was opened by model Lily Cole and included wall mounted antlers, wood panelling and a stag sculpture.

Alex Denman, RHS head of shows development, said: “The RHS Chelsea Flower Show stands for the highest levels of horticultural excellence, and the exhibitors this year have demonstrated their incredible level of knowledge and ability with their fantastic exhibits.

“The achievement of Laurent-Perrier is fantastic. The attention to detail and evocative feel of the stunning garden from Luciano is a great tribute to his skill as well as the growers and landscapers who have contributed to their garden.”

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