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RHS Tatton Park 2017

Published: 21st July 2017

The crowds gathered for the countdown to the gates opening, rushing in with excitement to discover what RHS Tatton Park would offer them this year. A beautifully arranged show that led the visitor around with ease.

Working in partnership with Pennard Plants our exhibit showcased a range of our varieties. The theme for the Pennard exhibit at this show, was to demonstrate sustainability in the garden by the growing of edible plants of all descriptions and the use of heritage and heirloom cultivars.

This time our tomato ‘Orange Wellington’ AGM created a lot of interest, its striking orange flesh stood out. Visitors were very keen to find out about this tomato and buy some seed to take home and try for themselves.

Our tasty gem of a tomato ‘Cherry Baby’ was on display again with samples to try. Of course, this was once again a winner!

Trusses laden with blight resistant ‘Crimson Crush’ looked very tempting. This medium size tomato is ideal for anyone that may have issues with blight, a lovely crop of tasty tomatoes will reward any gardener that tries this variety.

The early ripening medium, red, round salad slicing tomato ‘Summer Frolic’, known as ‘Fourth of July’ in the USA was another popular choice for the home gardener wanting to try something new. An early crop is always welcome when it comes to tomatoes! Especially when it has a juicy tangy flavour, also resistant to Fusarium and Verticillium.

 Tomato ‘Patio Plum’ was a talking point again with its interesting kale like leaf. Many visitors wanting to grow their own tomatoes that didn’t have a greenhouse opted for seed of this variety. Perfect for a windowsill or sunny patio. Also with fruit ripening around Christmas time being quite different too. We were lucky enough to have ‘Patio Plum’ and our sweet pepper with a hint of spice ‘Tangerine Dream’ make a television debut on the popular Saturday morning cooking show ‘Saturday Kitchen’. They made an appearance in the background whilst chefs created their recipes. One chef also used ‘Patio Plum’ in one of the recipes he made.

Our snack size cucumber ‘Merlin’ looked great being displayed in the frames we had made, it really showed fruit to its best. This is a vining, all female greenhouse variety with an exceptional yield and flavour. Having good tolerance to downy and powdery mildew being another tick in the box for this super new variety.

We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the show this year and meeting all the visitors. Look out for us again next year at the RHS shows, come and say hello.

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