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There are two ways to win share of £2500 bounty in Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Challenge

June 3rd, 2015 | Competitions | 0 Comments

sweet peasGardeners growing sweet peas this summer could earn themselves a share of the £2500 prize money on offer from Mr Fothergill’s at its national sweet pea competition to be held on Saturday, 18 July 2015 at Capel Manor College in north London.  So if you have some promising looking blooms on your sweet pea plants then take up the Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Challenge!

The location of the venue need not deter anyone who wishes to enter their blooms because, in addition to entrants staging displays on the day, the company has devised a foolproof way of sending entries by post in two-litre soft drink bottles, ensuring they arrive in good condition to be staged by its staff.  For full details of how to submit postal entries, log on at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/sweet pea comp

Sweet Pea Tiller Girls from Mr Fothergill's

There are six categories in the competition, first, second and third prizes for which are:

  1. 1. General Class £250/£150/£100.
  2. 2. General Postal Class £250/£150/£100.
  3. 3. Individual Junior Class* £125/£75/£50.
  4. 4. Individual Junior Postal Class* £125/£75/£50.
  5. 5. School/Group Junior Class £250/£150/£100.
  6. 6. School/Group Junior Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

*These prizes will be given as Garden Centre Gift Vouchers.

The competition, which began in 2013, is aimed at ordinary gardeners rather than exhibitors, with each bunch of mixed blooms to be judged on its overall appeal.

Sweet Pea Jimelda

Entrants staging their own sweet peas on the day must enter 10 stems, while postal entrants need submit just eight stems.  “This is not an event for expert growers.  We hope lots of individuals and schools will enter the competition and join in the fun”, said Mr Fothergill’s Pim Dickson, who devised the postal entry method.

Mr Fothergill’s July sweet pea competition is gaining lots of interest on social media

February 18th, 2015 | Competitions | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea Tiller GirlsNews of Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea competition with £2,500 up for grabs has been causing quite a stir on social media, and especially among schools, which can receive a free packet of seeds to grow their plants for the event which takes place on Saturday 18 July 2015 at Capel Manor College in north London.  The company’s social media coordinator Debbie Porter says, “Lots of schools are signing up for their free packet of our new sweet pea Tiller Girls, while many people have been tweeting, having found the blog about the competition.  It’s creating quite an impact, and there is even a ‘just-for-fun’ category for gardening writers and broadcasters!”

Gardeners who fancy their chances of winning a slice of the £2,500 on offer in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea growing competition can still sow seed during February or early March to produce blooms for mid July.  Sow five or six seeds per 12cm pot of multipurpose compost at a depth of 1cm.  Water thoroughly, allow to drain and place pots on a windowsill, or in cold frame or greenhouse.  Do not water again until seedlings emerge, usually in seven to 14 days.  When two pairs of leaves have formed, pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushy growth.  Set out young plants individually 20cm apart, supporting them with a network of canes and netting.

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or come to the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The company has devised a method of ensuring postal entries to arrive in good condition and details are available at the company’s website http://www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/sweetpeacomp  There are six categories, first, second and third prizes for which are:

1     General Class £250/£150/£100.                        2     General Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

3     Individual Junior Class* £125/£75/£50.           4     Individual Junior Postal Class* £125/£75/£50.

5  School/Group Junior Class £250/£150/£100.     6 School/Group Junior Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

*These prizes will be given as Garden Centre Gift Vouchers.

You can view and order from our extensive range of sweet pea seeds from Mr Fothergill’s on the website, or by mail order from our catalogue.

Free Sweet Peas for schools, get a packet of sweet pea Tiller Girls for the Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition

January 22nd, 2015 | Competitions, The flower garden | 3 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s are offering free sweet peas for schools to the first 100 applicants.   Any of Britain’s schools which would like the chance to win £250 by growing sweet peas this summer for Mr Fothergill’s national competition are being given an added incentive by Mr Fothergill’s with the offer of free seed.  The company has a packet of 20 seeds of its brand new and exclusive sweet pea Tiller Girls, each worth £2.09, to give to the first 100 schools which contact it expressing an interest.  The judging will be held at Capel Manor College, north London, on Saturday 18 July 2015.  Tiller Girls is a very sweetly scented, large flowered mixture of attractive ‘flakes’.

Sweet Pea Tiller Girls from Mr Fothergill'sThere are two categories for schools’ entries – those staged on the day and those sent by post – each with a £250 first prize, £150 second prize and £100 third prize to be donated to the winning schools’ funds.  There are also two similar categories for individual youngsters, each with respective first, second and third prizes of £125, £75 and £50 in garden centre vouchers.

The prizes will be awarded to those entrants whose displays have the greatest all-round appeal in the opinion of the judges, one of whom will be the company’s John Fothergill.  He says “We want to encourage as many schools and youngsters to enter as possible and for it all to be as much fun as possible.  Sweet peas are easy to grow and everyone loves their flower form and fragrance.”

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.  Mr Fothergill’s has devised  a method of packing and mailing sweet peas through the post to ensure postal entries arrive in good condition.  Read more for full details of the competition.

To request a free packet of sweet pea Tiller Girls for a school, please write to Schools Sweet Pea Competition, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7QB.  Remember to include the sender’s address.

There’s still time to sow sweet peas in time for Mr Fothergill’s July challenge

January 21st, 2015 | Competitions, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea selection

Anyone who likes the idea of winning a slice of the £2,500 on offer in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea growing competition to be judged in July 2015 still has time to sow sweet pea seed.  The event, which began in 2013, is to be held on Saturday 18 July 2015 at Capel Manor College in north London.

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or come to the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The company has devised a method of packing and mailing sweet peas through the post, ensuring postal entries arrive in good condition.

There are six categories, first, second and third prizes for which are:

1     General Class £250/£150/£100.

2     General Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

3     Individual Junior Class* £125/£75/£50.

4     Individual Junior Postal Class* £125/£75/£50.

5     School/Group Junior Class £250/£150/£100.

6    School/Group Junior Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

*These prizes will be given as Garden Centre Gift Vouchers.

The company’s John Fothergill stressed the competition is again aimed at ordinary gardeners rather than exhibitors, and that each bunch of mixed blooms will be judged on its overall appeal.  “Entrants do not have to be expert growers.  We want as many people and schools as possible to have a go and join in the fun,” he said.

You can request a copy of the Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue online, which features an extensive range of sweet peas, or by telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.  Alternatively, you can take a look at the sweet peas on offer online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Big Money Prizes on offer again with Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition

September 22nd, 2014 | Competitions, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Six winning vases of sweet peas will together be worth £2500 to the six growers who win a national sweet pea competition in July 2015.

Sweet peas awaiting judging in the 2014 sweet pea competition

Mr Fothergill’s has announced it will once again be running its sweet pea growing competition, with £2500 in prize money, for a third successive year.  The event, to be held on Saturday 18 July,  and aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners rather than at exhibitors, will once again be hosted by Capel Manor College in north London.  It was decided to move the date back a fortnight to ensure a greater number of potential entrants have plenty of blooms from which to choose.

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 schools and individual youngsters.  Each of the two adult and school classes will carry prizes of £500, while the youngsters’ classes will have two prizes each of £250.  Mr Fothergill’s have developed a tried and trusted method of packing and mailing sweet peas through the post, allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition.

Mr Fothergill’s competition coordinator Pim Dickson said he hoped that by making the competition two weeks later than in earlier years, everyone’s sweet peas would be in full bloom.  “We are looking for attractive bunches of mixed sweet peas, which will be judged on their overall appeal.  No one should feel their blooms are not good enough to enter and, after all, it is only a bit of fun,” he explained.  “The competition is becoming increasingly popular with schools, and we hope this trend continues.”

You can request a copy of the Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue 2015 online, which features an extensive range of sweet peas suitable for October sowing, or you can make a catalogue request by calling 0845 371 0518 or by writing to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.   Alternatively, you can take a look at the sweet peas on offer online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.