Best Chelsea ever

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was wonderful this year. Despite high winds scattering debris and London Plane Tree pollen over immaculate gardens, and a spot of (much needed but rarely convenient) torrential rain, it was really very special and many visitors to our Pavilion Way stand commented that it was their favourite Chelsea ever.

It was particularly exciting for us this year. Not only did we launch Jekka’s Herbal Tea (which promptly sold out ), but we also grew our organic herbs for three major show gardens, including the gold medal winning B&Q garden by Laurie Chetwood & Patrick Collins…

B&Q Garden, featuring organic edible herbs grown here on the farm

…the Silver Gilt winning M&G Investment Garden by Bunny Guinness…

The M&G garden, featuring our organically grown herbs

…and the silver medal winning Skyshades garden by Marney Hall…

Skyshades garden – organic, wild and beautiful (and a bit of Plane Tree pollen on the camera lense darn & blast it)!

What made Chelsea particularly special for Jekka? Well, amidst brewing up herbal tea on our Pavilion Way stand..

Jekka's Herb Farm, Pavilion Way stand

..(which featured a beautiful dresser to display our teas, handmade from sustainable wood by Green Woods Furniture)…

Dresser by Green Woods Furniture

…moderating for the RHS judges, giving a VIP tour to Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, with several BBC TV interviews thrown in for good measure, this year’s Chelsea Flower Show held the ultimate surprise for Jekka. Completely unbeknown to Jekka, Rhododendron ‘Mrs T.H. Lowinsky’ bears the name of her Great Grandmother, named by Jekka’s Great Grandfather, an avid collector of rhododendrons. Jekka came across this beautiful flower, proudly on display by Chelsea gold medal winners Millais Nurseries.

Rhododendron 'Mrs T H Lowinsky'

What an amazing discovery!

Next stop, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 5th – 10th July (or if you can’t wait for a browse and a sensuous sniff amongst the organic herbs, come along to our next Open Days 17th – 19th June, here on the farm in South Glos).

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