Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Celebrates 40 Years of Success with Ruby Garden at Capel Manor

In the last 40 years Mr Fothergill’s has proved to be a king of innovation, being the first seed company putting seed fill on the packets, adding modern QR codes that link to valuable growing guides and launching Optigrow – ‘the most exciting development for home gardeners since the introduction of F1 hybrids’.

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But more than this, we believe gardening is all about fun, enjoying nature and growing your own from seed. We share enthusiasm, expertise and passion with all hobby gardeners. Helping new growers and experienced ones is our priority, as well as being known for our big choice of both traditional and unusual seed varieties, wildflowers and exciting heirloom seeds.

To celebrate this success, we supplied the students at Capel Manor College with seeds and plants in shades of red with the aim of transforming the Mr Fothergill’s garden into a ruby themed dream – creating a stunning summer flower display for our 40th anniversary whilst helping them with their studies. Capel Manor College educates new generations of horticulturists, offering a range of courses for those who are interested in plants, trees and the environment.

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Some of the highlights from this display include Amaranthus Velvet Curtains, winner of an RHS Award of Garden Merit for reliability and good performance. A half hardy annual border plant with unusual rich, dark crimson foliage and flower heads that turn to seed and retain their colour for a long season of interest. Also a great cut flower, fresh or dried.

Begonia Starshine Red F1 is an exceptional begonia with an enormous amount of flower power – they really do keep on flowering come rain or shine, for months on end. This half hardy perennial is tough and resilient, perfect for creating cascades of colour in hanging baskets and containers.

Stunning Gailardia Firewheels flowers for most of the summer with single burgundy blooms based on long stems. A magnet for butterflies and other pollinators, making an outstanding addition to borders and wildlife areas with its long-lasting blooms.

Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic was named in honour of the famous Chelsea Pensioners red coats and is a delightful blend of red shaded blooms. Mr Fothergill’s raised over £70000 for Royal Hospital Chelsea from the sales of Poppy Victoria Cross and Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic.

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Pim Dickson, Horticultural & Technical Content Manager comments: ‘The Ruby Garden was created as a part of our Ruby Anniversary celebration. It’s a beautiful showcase for some of our most popular, as well as more unusual red flowered varieties, all of which produce a mass of flowers all summer long. Every year we design new spring and summer gardens and supply the seeds so horticultural students from Capel Manor College can grow the plants, plant them out and maintain the gardens as part of their studies.’

A dedicated leaflet can be found in The Ruby Garden greenhouse and at the Capel Manor Gardens entrance, which includes a map and details of all the flowers, along with a few words about Mr Fothergill’s anniversary.

To find out more about these seeds and the rest of the Mr Fothergill’s range, log on at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

 

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