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Sweet Pea Pandemonium wins Award of Garden Merit by the RHS

December 4th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea PandemoniumA sweet pea introduced exclusively by Mr Fothergill’s has been awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).  The variety Pandemonium was given the accolade following a trial held at the Society’s Wisley garden and assessed by the Sweet Pea Subcommittee and National Sweet Pea Society.

Sweet Pea Pandemonium was bred in New Zealand by the world’s pre-eminent hybridiser of the Lathyrus genus Dr Keith Hammett.  On hearing of the success, Keith commented “I am delighted Pandemonium’s garden-worthiness has been acknowledged by the RHS, and that it is so popular in the UK, my country of birth.”

Mr Fothergill’s has developed close links to Keith Hammett, and its other recent exclusive sweet pea introductions include Jimelda, Sir Henry Cecil and Chelsea Centenary.  Pandemonium is a large flowered Spencer type with frilled pink ‘flake’ blooms borne on long, strong stems.  Ideal for cutting and garden display, Pandemonium is very sweetly scented.

A packet of 20 seeds of Pandemonium is priced at £2.09, available from Mr Fothergill’s retail stockists throughout the UK and from the company’s Seed Catalogue 2015 or online.  Telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB to order a catalogue or to purchase this product.

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, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Jimelda honours two much loved actors

August 11th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

sweet pea jimeldaLeading sweet pea seed supplier Mr Fothergill’s has introduced a new Spencer variety for the forthcoming season which honours much-loved husband and wife actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton OBE, who are also keen gardeners at their north London home.  It is to be called Jimelda.   While first appearing to  be crimson pink, this subtle bicolour has a crimson flag petal, and bright cerise pink wings.  It typically carries four or five flowers per long, strong stem.  The nicely waved blooms have a medium scent.  A packet of 20 seeds costs £2.45.

Mr Carter is best known for his rôle as Carson the butler in the hugely popular television series Downton Abbey , while Miss Staunton is one of the stars of the blockbuster Harry Potter series of films.  Both have a long string of theatre, film and television successes to their names.  Earlier this year they were made patrons of Greenfingers, the charity which creates gardens in children’s hospices.  Greenfingers will receive a donation of 25p  for each packet of Sweet Pea Jimelda Mr Fothergill’s customers buy.

Jim Carter said, “We were delighted and honoured to be asked to name a sweet pea – our favourite flower!  Because we prefer to garden together, it seemed only natural we should pick a name that was a combination of our own – hence ‘Jimelda’.  We were given a packet of seeds in the autumn to trial ourselves. I’m delighted  Jimelda is a very striking flower with a vivid pink colour and a long stem, which makes it great for cutting.  We’d like to thank Mr Fothergill’s for donating part of the cost of a packet of Jimelda to Greenfingers.  Imelda and I are both patrons of Greenfingers, which designs and builds beautiful gardens for children’s hospices, and this extremely generous support by Mr Fothergill’s will help make a big difference to children’s lives.   Please buy several packets for yourselves and more for your friends. It’s for a good cause.”

In recent years Mr Fothergill’s has forged links with New Zealand-based Dr Keith Hammett, widely regarded as the world’s foremost sweet pea hybridist and the breeder of its 2012 and 2013 exclusive introductions  Chelsea Centenary and Sir Henry Cecil.  The Suffolk seedsman also conducts possibly the UK’s most extensive sweet pea trial at its Kentford, Newmarket, base, where it assesses many potential new introductions.  “Sweet peas are as important to us as they are to many of our customers and our range is one of the widest available,” said the company’s John Fothergill.

Sweet Pea Jimelda  is featured in Mr Fothergill’s Seed, Plant and Bulb Catalogue 2015.  To request a copy, go online at, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.

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.


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.