Road to Chelsea – Part 5 | Living North

Road to Chelsea – Part 5


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We’re following the team at Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries as they prepare for the Chelsea Flower Show

With two weeks to go until the big show, here’s Gary’s fifth installment

‘What a week we have had! The weekend after Harrogate Flower Show, we always have an open day and plant sale at the nursery. This Sunday was therefore very busy with customers from all over the North East, many of whom had visited us at Harrogate.

We are all completely exhausted at the moment! As we are a wholesale nursery we have been busy supplying plants to garden centres and local nurseries for the traditionally busy bank holiday weekend, whilst still trying to prepare for Chelsea.

It’s strange really. We thought we would struggle for enough plants in flower for Harrogate Flower Show, but as it turned out we had lots to choose from. However, looking around the nursery at the moment, things are far from blooming. One advantage, however, is Celmisia Semicordata (New Zealand Daisy). Each year we have really struggled to get this plant into flower in time for the show, but this year without any effort it looks as though it’s going to look great. 

It always worries me at this time, a couple of weeks before Chelsea, that plants are not showing enough colour, but in actual fact it really is too early for this. Staff at the nursery are well aware I like to “see some action” as it settles my nerves!

We have now completed all of the security regulations and received all of our passes and tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show and hotels have been booked so it’s not too long now before we start on site. We leave on 15th May for London and must complete our exhibit by Sunday 18th May.

The clock is ticking now and many plants are in bud. We just need a little luck so all of our long thought-out plans will come together.’

Road to Chelsea - Part Six

Published in: May 2014

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