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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


  • 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).


  • 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.


Mr Fothergill’s Pumpkin Mercy Dash for Capel Manor College

November 4th, 2013 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

When Capel Manor College, Enfield, realised it was short of pumpkins for its ‘Hallowe’en Howler’ festival on Sunday, 27 October, Mr Fothergill’s stepped in to see if it could help.

Ian Cross of Mr Fothergill's with his car loaded with pumpkins ready for delivery to Capel Manor CollegeThe company’s marketing manager loaded his car with an assortment of more than 50 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and headed to Capel Manor College in North London to make sure there were ample supplies of the Hallowe’en staple for the event.

“We grow many varieties on our Newmarket trial ground, so we were pleased to be able to help the College and all the families which attended its Hallowe’en Howler at the weekend” said Ian.