Bloomin' fine day for top growers

Local exhibitors are celebrating their success at last week's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. display in the show's floral marquee.

Local exhibitors are celebrating their success at last week's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Ben Potterton, 29, who runs Blacksmith's Nursery at his family's home at Langmere, near Diss, was “over the moon” at winning his first Royal Horticultural Society gold medal for a display in the show's floral marquee.

A dahlia discovered by nurseryman David Howard of Wortham, near Diss, was one of the key plants used in the Volvo Car UK show garden - one of three to win a coveted gold this year.

Designed by Thomas Hoblyn, of Bardwell, near Bury St Edmunds, the garden was created for artist Simon Carter and included many other colourful plants grown by Howards nursery.

Richard and Mary Ford, of Park Green Nurseries, Wetheringsett, near Eye, achieved their 50th RHS gold medal with their display in the floral marquee.

It was the eighth gold they have been awarded at Hampton Court.

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Other winners include: R A Meridith-Blooms, gold, (Floral Marquee); Peter Beales Roses, Bill Le Grice Roses, silver-gilt flora; Nottcutts Garden Centres and Mattock Roses, silver flora (Festival of Roses).