Valerie Harrod Acclaimed ‘The People’s Sweet Pea’

Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod

Presenting the Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod

Visitors to Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition, held at Capel Manor College in early July 2013, had the opportunity not only to see plenty of beautiful blooms grown by everyday gardeners and serious exhibitors, but also to vote for their all-round favourite from a selection of 12 varieties presented for their inspection. It may only have been a bit of fun, but the company took notice of the ‘people’s choice’ and is now offering seed of Valerie Harrod on its website.

Valerie Harrod was a runaway winner, so we felt he had to offer it in our range”, explained Mr Fothergill’s technical manager Tracy Collacott, who staged the blooms for the public vote. “It’s a smashing orange pink variety and the most successful exhibition variety in its colour, so it makes sense to offer it. On top of that, it is large flowered and well scented”.

In second place was the lavender-flowered Maestro, bred by the late and renowned Bernard Jones, and in third place was Mr Fothergill’s Chelsea Centenary, which it launched in 2013 to mark the 100th birthday of the Chelsea Flower Show. A ‘multiflora’ bearing up to seven blooms per stem, Chelsea Centenary is also a lavender variety and was shortlisted for the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year.

To buy seed of Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod go to  A packet of 20 seeds costs £2.45.

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