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Get 25% Off BBC Gardeners’ World Live Tickets with Mr Fothergill’s

March 6th, 2019 | Events, News | 0 Comments

Get 25% Off BBC Gardeners' World Live Tickets with Mr Fothergill's

BBC Gardeners’ World Live is back at the Birmingham NEC this summer from June 13th-16th!

Featuring practical ideas and advice presented by top gardening experts, show gardens, live theatre and entertainment, nurseries, garden walks, talks, kid’s activities – PLUS free entry to the BBC Good Food Summer Show – there truly is something for gardening enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy across the long weekend.

This year, Mr Fothergill’s has teamed up with BBC GWL to offer our wonderful customers 25% off* their tickets with code MF25 – to buy tickets online simply head to theticketfactory.com, select your tickets and then enter the promo code MF25 when prompted, or phone the box office on 0844 581 1343** and quote code MF25.

What’s more, come and say hello to us on the Mr F stand at location G510 when you visit, show us the promo code and you can claim a FREE packet of seeds of your choice at our stand, too!

Visit the Gardeners’ World Live website to find out more and book your tickets today. We can’t wait to see you there!

Terms and conditions:

  • *25% off valid on advanced standard adult/over 65 tickets only. Not valid on Saturday tickets, Standard plus Premium Theatre Tickets, VIP Packages, Gift Vouchers, Add-ons or with any other offer
  • **Calls cost 7p per minute
  • £2.95 fulfilment fee per advance order
  • Not all experts appear on all days
  • Free packet of seeds offer excludes Children in Need Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey seeds
  • Offer ends 16/06/2019

Our Night Rider to Make his Garden Releaf Debut

March 7th, 2018 | Events, News | 0 Comments

Richard Keegan, National Field Sales Manager here at Mr Fothergill’s, began his training for the 100-mile Garden ReLeaf bike ride on 16th March with a 5-mile cycle-ride in the dead of night as he was so embarrassed that someone might see him. He came back “knackered” and realised the gravity of what he had just agreed to do!

Matt-Jackson-Mr-Fothergills-Night-Rider-for-Garden-Releaf

Matt Jackson ready for anything!

The problem started for Richard soon after Business Development Manager, Matt Jackson, suggested the ride. After agreeing, he realised he didn’t even have a bike, so he had to borrow his partners bike and raise the saddle!

Training has continued and Richard comments: “After buying a little bit of kit – shorts, shoes and helmet – borrowing a bike from a mate and a lot of training rides in the snow, ice, rain and wind (a lot of the last two) I completed my first big ride last Saturday 74 miles. I’m really not sure how the day itself will go, but I am hoping riding with other people will make the whole thing easier but whatever, it’s all for a great cause!”

Richard will be joined by Matt Jackson who ran the 20-mile walking course last year! Like Rich, he has trained hard and has also bought a new bike, lots of winter gear and a turbo trainer! Matt says, “it’s been miserable at times training in this rotten weather but as long as we raise plenty of money for charity it is worth it!”

Richard and Matt are part of the Team Lightning Seeds from Mr Fothergills. They will be joined on the day by 20-mile walkers Tim Jeffries, Jeremy Sharp, Ian Cross, Alison Mulvaney and Chris Owen. In addition, staff at the Kentford HQ will be completing various fund-raising events in the Mr Fothergills HQ

To support the team, visit our JustGiving page by clicking here.

Make a New Year’s resolution: Grow and win with Sweet Peas

January 10th, 2014 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea Old Spice MixedGardeners can make the best and most easily kept New Year’s resolution by sowing sweet pea seed in January for both the satisfaction of producing armfuls of cut flowers and the chance to win a large cash prize in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea growing competition.  The Suffolk seedsman has put £3500 up for grabs at its event to be held at Capel Manor College, Enfield, on Saturday 5 July 2014.

“Sweet pea seed can be sown in small pots of compost and placed in the greenhouse or on the kitchen windowsill any time during January or February”, says the company’s John Fothergill.  “The seedlings grow away well as the days lengthen to provide stocky young plants for setting out to their flowering positions in March or April”.

Several of Mr Fothergill’s recent and exclusive sweet pea introductions, such as Sir Henry Cecil, Chelsea Centenary and Pandemonium, have been bred in New Zealand by the renowned Dr Keith Hammett.  Such is his reputation that Mr Fothergill’s now puts a special flash on all its sweet pea variety packets bred by him to highlight the fact..  “We are delighted to be forging links with the world’s foremost sweet pea breeder”, comments John.

Sweet Pea Hammett CollectionThe competition is aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners rather than sweet pea exhibitors, and John is offering a collection of seed of six Hammett-bred varieties for just £8.95 – saving over £3 on the normal catalogue prices, to encourage as many people as possible to grow sweet peas this year (2014).  Collection includes: ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ (chocolate flaked), ‘Hi Scent’ (cream/mauve picotee), ‘Chelsea Centenary’ (pale lavender), ‘Pandemonium’ (frilly pink flake flowers), ‘Blue Shift’ (purple-blue) and ‘Almost Black’ (rich, dark colouring). Simply visit the main website to order our Sweet Pea Hammett Collection.

As the competition approaches, 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.

Sending Postal Entries

The company has devised a method of allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition.   Follow the instructions for how to do this in the competition rules page.   All entries received this way last year arrived in good condition for judging.

 

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.

 

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition Rules

January 10th, 2014 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Date: Saturday the 18th July. (Postal entries to arrive at Capel Manor College by Friday 17th July.)

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea competition to be held at Capel Manor Gardens.

Competition Details

  • Competition entry is free, entry to the gardens is also free for competitors.
  • Competitors can enter one bouquet per class, if eligible.
  • Bouquets can be mixed or single colours.
  • ‘On the day’ entries: Bring along 10 stems to Capel Manor Gardens, entries to be made by 11.30am.
  • Postal entries: 8 stems, to arrive at Capel Manor College by Friday 17th July. (See suggested method of posting and postal address below.)
  • Judging will take place after 11.30am and the awards will be announced around 12.30pm.
  • All competitors will receive a £5 Mr Fothergill’s voucher for use against catalogue purchases.
  • Judges decisions will be final.
  • Display vases will be provided for postal entries.
  • All competition entries must be left on display until 4pm.

Address for postal entries

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition
Capel Manor College
Bullsmoor Lane
Enfield
Middlesex
EN1 4RQ

Classes

  • General: ‘On the day’ entries: – 10 stems brought along on the day.
  • General: Postal entries – 8 stems required for postal entries.
  • Junior: Schools and group entries (Up to 16 years old).
  • Junior: Individual entries. (Up to 16 years old).

Prizes

  • The General Class prize is £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third place.
  • For the General Class Postal entries the prize is £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third place.
  • The Junior Class Schools/Groups prize is divided into £500 for first place, then £300 Second place and £200 for third place.
  • For the best Junior Class Individual’s exhibit it’s £250 for first place, £150 for second place and £100 for third place.*

*Please note that Individual Junior Class’s prizes will be paid in Garden Gift Vouchers.

Sweet Pea Competition postal entries

Judging Criteria

Judges may consider the following;

  • Overall appeal to the judges
  • Number of blooms: Total number of flowers
  • Quality: Free of blemishes, scorching, spots or pest damage


Postal entries:

A suggested way to safely post your entry is described below:

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.

Sweet Pea postal methodMethod:

  • 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 picture to the right here).
  • 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

Aim for your parcel to arrive at Capel Manor by Friday the 17th July. Everyone who enters will receive a £5 Mr Fothergill’s Seeds voucher for use against catalogue purchases.

 

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

October 10th, 2013 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

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.

Method:

  • 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.