£2000 of prize money up for grabs in Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition at Capel Manor next year

Mr Fothergill’s has announced it will be running its national sweet pea competition again in 2014 after a successful launch of this event in Summer 2013.   There is £2000 in prize money up for grabs for entrants.  The event will be held on Saturday 5 July at Capel Manor College in north London.

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or turn up at the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The two categories will be judged separately and there are also categories for individual youngsters and for schools.  Each of the four classes will carry a prize of £500.

Launching the competition, joint managing director John Fothergill said it will once again be aimed at ordinary gardeners rather than exhibitors, and that each bunch of mixed blooms will be judged on its overall appeal.

“I very much hope our newly launched and exclusive sweet pea Sir Henry Cecil will figure in some gardeners’ entries.” said John.

“Autumn is an ideal time to sow sweet pea seeds, although they can also be started from January to March.  We want as many people and schools as possible to have a go and join in the fun”

The new Mr Fothergill’s catalogue features an extensive range of sweet pea seeds, which you can also browse online.   Request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed, Plant and Bulb Catalogue 2014 online now or you can telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB for a copy.


Sweet Pea Competition postal entriesSending Postal Entries

The company devised a method of allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition for the 2013 competition.

The instructions for how to do this are below and all entries received this way last year arrived in good condition for judging.

Materials required:  

  • Minimum 2 litre drinks bottle, disposable kitchen towel and cling film. A large padded envelope or brown paper covering will also be required for posting.


  • Remove the top of the drinks bottle just below the ‘shoulder’. Wrap kitchen towel tightly around the stems of the sweet peas and moisten it with water. Insert the sweet peas into the removed neck of the bottle and carefully insert them into the main body of the bottle (as shown in the right hand picture).
  • Finally wrap the moistened kitchen towel covering the stems in cling film to prevent water damage to the postal wrapping.
  • Don’t forget to include your name, address and daytime telephone number.

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