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Free Sweet Peas for schools, get a packet of sweet pea Tiller Girls for the Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition

January 22nd, 2015 | Competitions, The flower garden | 3 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s are offering free sweet peas for schools to the first 100 applicants.   Any of Britain’s schools which would like the chance to win £250 by growing sweet peas this summer for Mr Fothergill’s national competition are being given an added incentive by Mr Fothergill’s with the offer of free seed.  The company has a packet of 20 seeds of its brand new and exclusive sweet pea Tiller Girls, each worth £2.09, 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 18 July 2015.  Tiller Girls is a very sweetly scented, large flowered mixture of attractive ‘flakes’.

Sweet Pea Tiller Girls from Mr Fothergill'sThere are two categories for schools’ entries – those staged on the day and those sent by post – each with a £250 first prize, £150 second prize and £100 third prize to be donated to the winning schools’ funds.  There are also two similar categories for individual youngsters, each with respective first, second and third prizes of £125, £75 and £50 in garden centre vouchers.

The prizes will be awarded to those entrants whose displays have the greatest all-round appeal in the opinion of the judges, one of whom will be the company’s John Fothergill.  He says “We want to encourage as many schools and youngsters to enter as possible and for it all 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.  Mr Fothergill’s has devised  a method of packing and mailing sweet peas through the post to ensure postal entries arrive in good condition.  Read more for full details of the competition.

To request a free packet of sweet pea Tiller Girls for a school, please write to Schools Sweet Pea Competition, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7QB.  Remember to include the sender’s address.

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

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.