We were absolutely delighted when Bunny Guinness offered to design our RHS Chelsea Flower Show planters, all of which are full of beautiful blooms and have now been adorning our tradestand on Cross Way since Monday.
Whilst Bunny has already done an enormous amount to support the charity, she has taken another step to help raise awareness of what we do by generously mentioning us as part of her feature for this week’s Telegraph.
Entitled ‘Ten ways to update your garden, inspired by Chelsea Flower Show’, the thoughtful piece emphasises that despite the apparent intricacy of the gardens and designs at Chelsea, they are in fact full of inspiration and useful lessons. Many of them could transform your gardens at home, or indeed your homes themselves, no matter their size, shape, or proximity to sunlight.
Discussing just some of the plants currently on show in The Great Pavilion, Bunny mentions legendary plantsman Raymond Evison, who featured earlier this week as part of the BBC coverage of the Show.
With presenters Joe Swift and Monty Don both commenting that Raymond’s name is synonymous with captivating clematis, we we’re thrilled to hear that Bunny had asked Raymond if he would be willing to give a few of his pretty plants to the Horatio’s Garden tradestand.
As Raymond is known to be socially conscious, with the containers for his Chelsea stand made by prisoners at Guernsey Prison to help them learn new skills, he happily and generously gave 11 perfectly purple Clematis ‘Sacha’ to us for the Show.
It wasn’t long before Bunny worked her magic, combining the clematis with some gorgeous green Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’ to complete the homage to the charity’s signature colours. Together they’ve thrived in the containers Bunny designed, carefully climbing the planters’ wonderful obelisks, also brought to life by Bunny, impressing many passing visitors.
We’re so grateful to Bunny for all her continued support and for lending her horticultural expertise to the charity for this year’s Chelsea, whilst we similarly appreciate Raymond for gifting us with his Gold Medal winning clematis!