Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition 2013


Join Mr Fothergill’s seeds in celebrating the ‘Year of the Sweet Pea’ and have the chance to win a £500 first prize, £300 second prize or £200 third prize, by entering a posie in one of the categories of the 2013 Sweet Pea competition, to be held at Capel Manor College & Gardens in Enfield on 6th July 2013. The competition is aimed at gardeners of all ages who grow sweet peas simply for pleasure. All entrants will receive a £5 Mr Fothergill’s voucher for use against Mr Fothergill’s catalogue purchases.

The judges will be Jeff Fothergill of Mr Fothergill’s, Steve Dowbiggin Principal of Capel Manor College and expert sweet pea grower Peter Seabrook, gardening editor of The Sun, which co-sponsors the event.

There are two categories for the amateur sweet pea grower, the General category which is open to all and the Junior category which is open to children (up to 16 years old), youth groups and schools.

There will be a separate class for members of the National Sweet Pea Society, again with a £500 first prize, which will be judged by its own members.

Capel Manor College is the perfect venue for the competition, as it was to Dr Robert Uvedale, a schoolmaster at Enfield, to whom Franciscus Cupani sent the first sweet pea seeds to arrive in England, back in 1699.

Competition Details
– There is no entry fee.
– Bring along 10 stems to Capel Manor College, entries to be made by 11am.
– Post 8 stems, to arrive at Capel Manor College by Friday 5th July.
(See suggested method of posting and postal address below.)
– National Sweet Pea Society entries will require 12 stems, members should contact the NSPS for further details.
– Judging will take place after 11am and the awards will be announced at 12.30pm.
– Entrants 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.

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition
Capel Manor College
Bullsmoor Lane

– General – 10 stems brought along on the day or 8 stems for postal entries (can be mixed or single colour).
– Junior – children and school groups (up to 16 years old).
– National Sweet Pea Society entries.

– The General category prize is £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third place.
– The Junior category prize is divided into £500 for the Best School Exhibit, then £300 Second place and £200 for third place.

For the best individual child’s exhibit: £250 for first place, £150 for second place and £100 for third place.*

– National Sweet Pea Society prize is £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third place.

*Note that children’s prizes will be paid in Garden Gift Vouchers

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 shown below;

Requires; Minimum 2litre 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.

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

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