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Mr Fothergill’s Raises Over £70,000 for Royal Hospital Chelsea from Sales of Poppy Victoria Cross

September 11th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

2018 is the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918), and the Suffolk seedsman continues to support the Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC). Mr Fothergill’s is delighted to announce that we have raised £73,000 for the charity since the first year of our partnership in 2014.

There are 1,000 stockists of the counter-top display units of fund-raising Poppy Victoria Cross around the UK, including Blue Diamond, Kew Gardens, RHS Gardens, QD stores and many leading garden centres. Mr Fothergill’s pledges 25p to the Royal Hospital’s charity for every packet of seed sold.

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Commercial Director, Tim Jeffries, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Royal Hospital Chelsea and pleased to see so many gardeners joining with us to do that. While the centenary of World War I draws to a close in 2018, our close links with the RHC will see us supporting their important work for many years to come.”

Poppy Victoria Cross is a popular choice among gardeners and makes a fitting remembrance symbol with its bold white ‘crosses’ across single red flowers. Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings. Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seedheads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692. The scarlet tunics and black tricorns of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

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Poppy Victoria Cross seeds are available from garden retailers, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk and the Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue. RRP £2.10 for 250 seeds.

Sweet Pea September – Getting Ready for Autumn Sowing

September 15th, 2016 | The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet pea SeptemberHere at Mr Fothergills we have a vast range of sweet pea seeds suitable for Autumn sowing. These beautifully scented blooms make dwarf hedging or can climb up trellis and are super cut flowers. We know the sweet pea has a special place amongst our gardeners’ affections and we’re delighted to offer a huge range of varieties to you. Nothing can beat the sweet pea for all round performance – garden decoration and wonderful fragrance in the garden and the vase.

All varieties in this post can be sown this Autumn for vigorous plants which are more resilient in dry conditions, and will flower for longer with larger flowers from May onwards.

In addition to these varieties of sweet pea, we still currently have the new Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic. These are special sweet pea seeds and for every packet sold, 25p has been donated to the Royal Hospital Chelsea charity. So far, this has raised over £53, 542 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea. We’d love to keep this figure rising, so if you would like a fragrant, hardy annual sweet pea then why not try the Scarlet Tunic.

These Sweet Peas despatch now, ready for sowing throughout Autumn. Let us know which of the Sweet Pea variety is your favourite. 

Mr Fothergill’s donates £24,000 to Royal Hospital Chelsea from Poppy Victoria Cross sales

August 14th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Dave Carey with RHC Cheque

Retail sales of seed of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross this spring (January to June 2014) have netted more than £24,000 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.  The Suffolk seedsman has also announced it will continue to support the organisation for at least another four years – until the centenary of the end of hostilities in 2018.  Mr Fothergill’s pledges 25p to the Royal Hospital’s charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.85 it sells via its retail stockists during 2014.

Presenting a cheque for £24,462.50 to Chelsea Pensioner William ‘Paddy’ Fox, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds joint-managing director David Carey, said “Sales of Poppy Victoria Cross have been phenomenal this spring, making it our biggest selling variety.  It just shows the huge support there is for our former armed service personnel among Britain’s millions of gardeners.”

Royal Hospital Chelsea fundraising manager Kate Marsh said: “On behalf of the Chelsea Pensioners, I would like to say how delighted we are to receive this incredibly generous donation from the sales of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross seed.   The funds raised will help us to provide the very best care and service to the Chelsea Pensioners, many of whom are taking part in First World War remembrance services across the country this year.

“Our sincere thanks to Mr Fothergill’s for their support and we hope more people are inspired to grow their beautiful Victoria Cross poppies.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.  The scarlet tunics and black tricornes of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

Mr Fothergill’s customers salute the Chelsea Pensioner’s Poppy Victoria Cross

April 8th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s campaign to raise funds for the work of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War (2014) has undoubtedly struck a chord both with its retail stockists and their customers.

Chelsea Pensioners with Poppy Victoria CrossThere are 1,000 stockists of the counter-top display units of fund-raising Poppy Victoria Cross around the UK, including Homebase and many leading garden centres.  And with a pledge of 25p to the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.85, a sum of £11,000 has already been raised just a few weeks after the initiative’s launch.

“The support our campaign has received both from our stockists and from gardeners has been quite remarkable,” says Mr Fothergill’s product manager David Turner.

“We have had to reprint packets and display units to keep up with demand from our retailers.  It is great to know our customers are backing the work of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal”.

Poppy Victoria Cross is remarkable for the bold white ‘cross’ it bears across its single red flowers, which are borne through the summer.  Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings.  Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seedheads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.  The scarlet tunics and black tricornes of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

The Royal Hospital’s fund-raising manager Kate Marsh explained “Donations from the sale of Mr Fothergill’s Victoria Cross Poppy will enable us to improve the facilities and living conditions of the Chelsea Pensioners as well as helping us to secure a future for those young soldiers serving in the British Army today”