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There’s still time to sow sweet peas in time for Mr Fothergill’s July challenge

January 21st, 2015 | Competitions, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea selection

Anyone who likes the idea of winning a slice of the £2,500 on offer in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea growing competition to be judged in July 2015 still has time to sow sweet pea seed.  The event, which began in 2013, is to be held on Saturday 18 July 2015 at Capel Manor College in north London.

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or come to the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The company has devised a method of packing and mailing sweet peas through the post, ensuring postal entries arrive in good condition.

There are six categories, first, second and third prizes for which are:

1     General Class £250/£150/£100.

2     General Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

3     Individual Junior Class* £125/£75/£50.

4     Individual Junior Postal Class* £125/£75/£50.

5     School/Group Junior Class £250/£150/£100.

6    School/Group Junior Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

*These prizes will be given as Garden Centre Gift Vouchers.

The company’s John Fothergill stressed the competition is again aimed at ordinary gardeners rather than exhibitors, and that each bunch of mixed blooms will be judged on its overall appeal.  “Entrants do not have to be expert growers.  We want as many people and schools as possible to have a go and join in the fun,” he said.

You can request a copy of the Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue online, which features an extensive range of sweet peas, or by telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.  Alternatively, you can take a look at the sweet peas on offer online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Big Money Prizes on offer again with Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition

September 22nd, 2014 | Competitions, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Six winning vases of sweet peas will together be worth £2500 to the six growers who win a national sweet pea competition in July 2015.

Sweet peas awaiting judging in the 2014 sweet pea competition

Mr Fothergill’s has announced it will once again be running its sweet pea growing competition, with £2500 in prize money, for a third successive year.  The event, to be held on Saturday 18 July,  and aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners rather than at exhibitors, will once again be hosted by Capel Manor College in north London.  It was decided to move the date back a fortnight to ensure a greater number of potential entrants have plenty of blooms from which to choose.

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 schools and individual youngsters.  Each of the two adult and school classes will carry prizes of £500, while the youngsters’ classes will have two prizes each of £250.  Mr Fothergill’s have developed a tried and trusted method of packing and mailing sweet peas through the post, allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition.

Mr Fothergill’s competition coordinator Pim Dickson said he hoped that by making the competition two weeks later than in earlier years, everyone’s sweet peas would be in full bloom.  “We are looking for attractive bunches of mixed sweet peas, which will be judged on their overall appeal.  No one should feel their blooms are not good enough to enter and, after all, it is only a bit of fun,” he explained.  “The competition is becoming increasingly popular with schools, and we hope this trend continues.”

You can request a copy of the Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue 2015 online, which features an extensive range of sweet peas suitable for October sowing, or you can make a catalogue request by calling 0845 371 0518 or by writing to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.   Alternatively, you can take a look at the sweet peas on offer online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Sweet Pea Heaven Scent Mr Fothergill’s winner in Capel Manor Sweet Pea poll

September 4th, 2014 | Competitions, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

In a poll conducted at a national sweet pea show sponsored and run by Mr Fothergill’s at Capel Manor College, Enfield, in early July 2014, the winner was Heaven Scent, which the Suffolk seedsman now plans to introduce into its range for the 2014/15 season.

Sweet Pea Heaven ScentPale pink on a cream background, the long-stemmed sweetly scented variety was bred by Sydney Harrod and originally launched in 2007.  It has large, frilly blooms, which are ideal both for cutting and for garden decoration.

Visitors to the show, featuring displays from ‘everyday’ gardeners, schools and keen exhibitors, were invited to assess 12 anonymous varieties and to vote for the one they liked best.  The company’s technical manager Tracy Collacott, who staged the public vote to involve visitors and to measure popular opinion, remarked, “We did the same at last year’s show, when the popular choice was Valerie Harrod, also bred by Sydney Harrod.  Heaven Scent certainly shone out on the day, and I was not surprised to see it acclaimed the winner.”

Entries for the competition were received from as far afield as Ross-shire, Co Tyrone and Cornwall thanks to a postal method involving a two-litre soft drink bottle devised by Mr Fothergill’s, which allowed blooms to be received at Capel Manor College in good condition from anywhere in the UK.  Competitors could also arrive on the day with their sweet peas.

A packet of 20 seeds of Sweet Pea Heaven Scent costs £2.45.  It is featured in Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue 2015.  To request a copy, go online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.

Keith’s Sweet Peas are worth £50 per stem in Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition

July 7th, 2014 | Competitions | 0 Comments

Winner of Capel Manor sweet pea comp 2014

A bunch of 10 sweet pea stems were valued at £50 each in a national competition held at Capel Manor College, Enfield, north London on Saturday, 5 July 2014.  Keith Thompson of Guilden Morden, Hertfordshire, secured the £500 first prize in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea competition, which attracted entries from as far afield as Ross-shire, Co Tyrone and Cornwall.

The winner originally grew sweet peas as a schoolboy, presenting his mother with the first bunch he ever cut.  He took up the hobby again 15 years ago.  This year he has grown 18 varieties in his garden, where he nets the plants to protect against pollen beetles.  He pinches off the tendrils and side shoots to encourage large blooms and long stems.  Keith lists Mr Fothergill’s Gwendoline and Alan Titchmarsh as his two favourite varieties.   He puts his success down to the incorporation of plenty of farmyard manure into his soil and the addition of blood, fish and bone fertiliser just prior to setting out his young plants, after which he waters them regularly, but does not feed them again.

While Keith won the class for entries submitted in person on the day, there was also a £500 first prize for the best postal entry, which was won by Margaret Smith of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.  Mr Fothergill’s Pim Dickson, who devised the postal method using a two-litre plastic soft drinks bottle to ensure safe transit of blooms, said he was really pleased at the good condition in which they all arrived.  “Not one of the 34 postal entries was damaged,” he commented.

There were similar on-the-day and postal categories for schools, which were won by Priory Junior School, Bicknacre, Chelmsford and All Saints Primary School, Youlgrave, Derbyshire respectively.  Each received a first prize of £500.

The judges for the competition were John Fothergill of Mr Fothergill’s, gardening writer Peter Seabrook MBE and Stephen Dowbiggin OBE, principal of Capel Manor College.  Entries were judged on their overall appeal.

Keith with the judges

Free sweet pea seeds for schools to grow for the Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition

March 12th, 2014 | Competitions, News, The flower garden | 12 Comments

Any of Britain’s schools which would like the chance to win £500 just by growing sweet peas this summer for Mr Fothergill’s national competition are being given an added incentive with the offer of free packets of sweet pea seeds.

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The company has a packet of 35 seeds of its Sweet Pea Incense Mixed, each worth £2.05, to give to the first 100 schools which contact it expressing an interest.  The judging will be held at Capel Manor College, North London on Saturday 5 July, and postal entries are welcomed.

The category for schools’ entries has a £500 first prize, £300 second prize and £100 third prize to be donated to the winning schools’ funds.  There is also a category for individual youngsters, with a £250 top prize for the winner.

Competition coordinator Pim Dickson said, “The event is aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners, with prizes being awarded to entrants whose displays have the greatest all-round appeal in the opinion of the judges.  We want it all to be to be as much fun as possible.  Sweet peas are easy to grow and everyone loves their flower form and fragrance.”

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.  Pim has devised a method of allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition.

To request a free packet of Sweet Pea Incense Mixed for a school, please request using this online entry form, telephone on 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.