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RHS Award of Garden Merit seed range Offers Sowing Success for Home Gardeners

February 13th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s marks its RHS preferred partner status with the launch of a trusted AGM seed range for 2018

Gardeners can make their selections for 2018 from a brand new flower and vegetable seed range, safe in the knowledge that the varieties have been tried, tested and recommended by experts at the Royal Horticultural Society.

The launch of our RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) seed range follows our appointment as preferred partner for licensed seed products for the RHS, a testament to the quality of Mr Fothergill’s seed. Ian Cross, retail marketing manager at Mr Fothergill’s, said: “We trial all varieties in UK conditions before releasing them into our general seed range, but we have gone even further in the search for trusted garden varieties with our new RHS AGM collection. We have worked closely with the RHS to develop a range that we all agree is the best it could possibly be for home gardeners.”

To carry the prestigious AGM logo, all plants in the range have been grown and tested in RHS Gardens and judged by a forum of industry experts. Plants only receive the award if they are proven to have excellent garden performance and are stable in form and colour. They also have to show reasonable resistance to garden pests and diseases.

Cathy Snow, RHS licensing manager, adds: “The AGM ‘seal of approval’ tells gardeners that the plant performs reliably in the garden and is the ultimate guarantee of quality. Mr Fothergill’s has a well-earned reputation for its passion to supply the very best quality gardening products and we are delighted to be partnering with such a highly respected company. Mr Fothergill’s seeds are the only RHS endorsed seed range available.”

Early sales show that Erigeron Profusion, a hardy perennial and Ammi majus, an easy to grow cut flower are the top choices from the flower seed range, whilst Broad Bean Imperial Green Longpod and Sweet Corn Lark F1 are favourites in the vegetable seed collection.

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Available now from selected garden retailers and on our website, the range comprises 61 top-performing flower varieties and 57 choice vegetables all winners of the RHS AGM award.

Not only will gardeners be guaranteed excellent performance from the new range, they will also be doing their bit for local wildlife and the charitable work of the RHS. The flower varieties in the collection have, wherever possible, been selected from the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list, maintained by RHS entomologists and beekeepers.

View the range at selected garden retailers or visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

New Pollinator Friendly Perennials

February 12th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

We are delighted to announce the launch of three new ranges of perennials, adding to our already comprehensive plant offering.

“We are always very interested in plants which attract pollinating insects to the garden and these new ranges of Echinacea, Monarda and Rudbeckia do just the job” says Emilia Merola, Mr Fothergill’s Brand Manager.

Echinacea from the Meadow Mama Series are incredibly prolific with bright and unusual coloured flowers which have perfectly flat petals and prominent central cones in shades of gold and russet brown – easily identifiable for bees and butterflies. The plants reach a height of around 60cm and have particularly strong and sturdy stems. Ideal for the border and quite striking in patio pots. “We are confident this new series is going to be very popular with our customers” comments Emilia. Five varieties are available; Fiery, Innocent, Laughing, Playful and Sweet Meadow Mama, all priced at £12.95 for 3 young plants. A collection of all 5 can be purchased for £18.95 with a collection of 10 (two of each) for £29.90, saving £8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monardas are much famed for attracting pollinators to the garden and plants from the Bee Series are no exception. Reaching a height of 45cm, plants are naturally bushy, well-branched and totally mildew free – often a problem with older varieties. “Bees and butterflies just can’t resist their sweet nectar and fragrance” says Emilia. “They performed brilliantly in our trials last summer with their strong and bold colours retaining their richness well into autumn”. Three varieties are being offered; Bee Free, Bee Happy and Bee Lieve, all priced at £9.95 for 3 young plants. A collection of all 3 can be bought for £10.95 and a saving of £5 can be made if ordering a collection of 6 (two of each) for £16.90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large flowered Rudbeckias are generally associated with annual types and are much loved for their bold colours and insect attracting qualities, whereas perennial varieties are smaller flowered and come in a more limited colour palette. Plants from the new Smiley Series, however, break this mould. Fully perennial, they are a hybrid between an Echinacea and an annual Rudbeckia resulting in plants which are capable of returning year on year with all the vigour, colour and long blooming time of annual types. “Our trials team just loved their bold colours and their ability to flower in just 8 weeks from propagation!” says Emilia. Reaching a height of 50cm, they are ideal for the mid-border and large patio pots. The company is offering three varieties; Blushing, Giggling and Lemon Smiley with 3 young plants priced at £13.95. A collection of all 3 can be purchased for £14.95 and a double collection (two of each) costs £22.90, a save of £7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spend some of February half-term at RHS Rosemoor

February 12th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

ebruary-half-term-at-RHS-RosemoorThis half term the RHS garden Rosemoor is getting muddy!

Enjoy mud, machines and total mayhem this February half term, with fun and messy drop-in activities throughout the week. Each day, enjoy a selection of quiz sheets and colouring templates to add to our giant farm and building site collage, plus take a picture with our mini-digger or small tractor and wear your wellies to have messy fun in our puddle splash!

Find out about all the daily activities here.

 

Mr Fothergill’s is proud to have entered into a new partnership with The RHS to bring out a range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.  The extensive flower seed range creates beautiful garden displays with excellent performance. Additionally they have been awarded RHS’s perfect for pollinators, as the best source of food for pollinating insects.  The vegetable collection, of 56 AGM varieties, includes excellent modern strains as well as much-loved, trusted favourites.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS Garden and judge by a team of experts.

Royal Horticultural Society

 

To browse all the RHS events follow this link to the website.

Take a look at the RHS Range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds on the Mr Fothergill’s website.

 

 

 

No-Dig Gardening: An Easier Way to Grow

February 9th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

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You dig, you toil, you reap the rewards. But just how necessary is digging? No dig gardening is gaining ground with gardeners across the world. So let’s explore the benefits of No-Dig gardening:

The Downside to Digging

The logic behind digging says that it should help incorporate nutriments hold in organic matter such as compost, as well as creating looser and fluffier soil for sowing and planting.

Digging and turning soil around however, disturbs all the insect life held in it. Setting back the natural processes that lead to healthy soil. Leave soil undug and organisms can thrive undisturbed, which is good news for plants. And it also allows more natural balance between soil pests and their predators.

Make new beds without digging

  • Clear the surface
  • Mow down grass and cut back weeds to the ground.
  • Add a thick layer of organic matter this will suppress the weeds beneath by excluding light. It also provides rich material for the roots to grow into.
  • A few months later, all weeds will have rotted down, and earth worms will have integrated the organic matter in the soil below.
  • If there are a lot of weeds on the ground you would like to grow, lay down a layer of cardboard before adding your organic matter.
  • Mark out parts between the beds using thick cardboard. This will help kill off the weeds between growing areas.

Mimic Mother Nature

Using materials like wood chips slows down evaporations and constantly feeds the soil below, so that no additional fertilizers are ever required.

  • Lay a thick layer of cardboard over clear ground.
  • Add compost.
  • Add a layer of wood chips of over 2 inches.
  • Make sure not to mix the two layers.
  • Push the wood chips on the side to plant into the compost beneath.

Mulches not Spades

Mulches cover the soil’s surface protecting it from erosion, locking in soil moisture and suppressing weeds. As they rot down, they add fertility into the soil, while at the same time improving its structure without the need to dig. Replace old mulch as it rots down or when it becomes incorporated into the soil, so that the ground is constantly fed.

You can also ad mulches around mature plants, or wait until the end of the growing season.

Suitable mulches include:

  • Compost
  • Leaf mold
  • Hay
  • Wood chips
  • Grass clippings
  • Straw
  • Sawdust

No-Till Gardens

These gardens fit in gardens of any sizes. Including small city plots. Aim for beds not wider than 4 feet and you’ll never need to step in the soil or in the beds. Through time your wees will become less and less as mulches weakens the weeds below. And because you are not digging, weed seeds in the soil below may never come to the surface to germinate. No-Till really does save you time.

 

 

These are just a few tips and ideas to embrace no-dig gardening. If you have any top tips that you can offer us let us know in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter page

RHS Harlow Carr Exhibition: Women in Horticulture

February 8th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

RHS-Display-Women-in-HorticultureCelebrating a century of achievement, this fascinating display looks at the highlights of the careers of a series of talented women working in horticulture.

Discover this exhibition at the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, featuring women who are represented within RHS Libraries’ original art and photographic collections. They include information on Gertrude Jekyll, Ellen Wilmot, Marion Cran, Dorothy Martin and Constance Spry. As educators, scientists, artists, writers and gardeners these women have changed the way we garden and left behind an enduring legacy.

The exhibition is open Monday-Sunday from 11am-4pm.

 

Mr Fothergill’s is proud to have entered into a new partnership with The RHS to bring out a range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.  The extensive flower seed range creates beautiful garden displays with excellent performance. Additionally they have been awarded RHS’s perfect for pollinators, as the best source of food for pollinating insects.  The vegetable collection, of 56 AGM varieties, includes excellent modern strains as well as much-loved, trusted favourites.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS Garden and judge by a team of experts.

Royal Horticultural Society

 

To browse all the RHS events follow this link to the website.

Take a look at the RHS Range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds on the Mr Fothergill’s website.