Raymond Evison OBE VMH, the founder and chairman of The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Limited has been awarded the Perennial Plant Association 2014 International Contributor Award.
The Perennial Plant Association is based in the USA and this annual award honours an individual who has made significant contributions to the herbaceous perennial industry through writing, lecturing, breeding, growing, retailing or designing with perennials.
Raymond Evison says “This is indeed a great honour. I am aware of other people from around the world who have received this prestigious award, it came as a great surprise. To be selected by the PPA as the person from all over the world to receive this award for 2014 is truly something and a great accolade for our company on the island”.
The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd is delighted to announce that Fenchurch Advisory Partners have generously agreed to sponsor the Raymond Evison Clematis Exhibit at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show.
Raymond Evison OBE VMH has exhibited at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show for a great number of years and to date has been awarded 26 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals for exhibits that he has either grown the plants for, helped stage the exhibit and in the last twelve years design the exhibits as well.
Raymond Evison says: “The generous sponsorship provided by Fenchurch Advisory Partners allows us to stage stunning exhibits that would not be possible otherwise due to costs. In 2014 we were able to display our clematis in a very contemporary way, a great change to previous exhibits. In 2015 we will again exhibit our clematis in a similar contemporary way, which was so much admired by visitors to the Show and gained us great TV coverage thanks to the sponsorship”.
Malik Karim, Chief Executive of Fenchurch Advisory Partners says: “Raymond Evison has an outstanding and richly-deserved record at Chelsea and we are delighted to be supporting him again.”
Raymond Evison's award-winning clematis are proving popular in Russia. For those of you who speak Russian, here's a link to a recent magazine article featuring an interview with Raymond. Click here.
Want to know more about Raymond Evison clematis? See this BBC interview from May 2014, which also features the possible next 'Raymond Evison'!
It's an exciting time selecting new breeding varieties. Here Dace and Chris are picking out the best clematis and pollinating the crosses.
Raymond Evison Clematis are delighted to have been awarded their 26th gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Thanks to the team for their hard work this year. Hope to see you at the show.
If you didn't have the chance to visit Raymond Evison's gold-medal winning exhibit, have a look at these photos.
Raymond Evison has achieved an amazing 25th Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show 2013, the 11th consecutive Gold.
Raymond is very relieved as there was concern that the cold Spring would delay flowering. He hopes all the visitors to this Centenary Show enjoy his exhibit in the Great Pavilion.
Preparations are now well underway for Chelsea Flower Show 2013 and there has been some welcome sunshine recently. Due to the very cold Spring we had to force the summer flowering varieties under extra heat and also extend the day length by giving them extra light to encourage them to grow faster so they will flower for the show. Here's a photo of the plants taken mid April.
Raymond constructed a wonderful display of clematis at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2013.
We have many outlets selling our clematis in the USA and Canada. Check out the list of garden centres here.
Which? Gardening have trialled clematis for gardens and we are delighted that the following Raymond Evison Clematis in particular were found to be in peak flower for weeks, well covered with flowers and kept to a good size and shape for growing in pots:
Chantilly - "best for rain resistance"
Parisienne - "best for two flower flushes"
Crystal Fountain - "best for neat plant"
Rebecca - "best for fantastic flower coverage"
Josephine - "best for vigorous growth"
Raymond Evison says "I spent much time visiting British garden centres this Spring and summer to give talks and meet the people who are growing our Raymond Evison clematis so successfully. I also visited Oregon, Seattle and British Colombia. It has been a difficult gardening year in North America with excessive rain and then summer heat. However, one of the most rewarding aspects of my visits was to learn how successful our brand plants are growing in people's gardens both in the UK and the USA.
"Everyone loves Rebecca because of its long flowering, deep coloured flowers but other, much spoken about clematis include Diana's Delight, Cezanne and the older Josephine. I hope everyone continues to enjoy their clematis and add to their collections."
Click here to view the 4 minute video clip of Raymond's nursery in Guernsey including the clematis breeding programme and the new launches in 2010.
April 2012 has been as usual an exciting time in our breeding department as we have been selecting some most marvellous new clematis cultivars which will be offered on the market in a few years' time. We and our Joint Venture Partners, Poulsen Roser A/S have been looking at the same cultivars both in Guernsey and Denmark and are delighted with the new selections, now the work begins on their propagation. Chris and Dace have been helping Raymond Evison to choose the best cultivars.
Raymond J Evison Ltd. has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Williams Memorial Medal for its exhibit of clematis plants at the Chelsea Flower Show 2010. The award is granted to the best exhibit covering one particular genus of plants, out of any of the RHS shows, so the quality of competition is high. This is the 6th time the company has won the award for a Chelsea exhibit.
In addition, Miss Maria Goncalves has been awarded the Mrs FE Rivis prize for her responsibility in growing the award-winning plants.
Links to External Articles and online videos
BBC Interview with Raymond Evison at Chelsea Flower Show - May 2014 - video
Interview with Raymond Evison at Philadelphia Flower Show - March 2013 - video
Channel Television - Preparations for Chelsea video May 2012 http://bit.ly/KaAMTL
Clematis Alaina - New in the RHS 2012 "Plantfinder"- April 2012
Valerie Easton delighted with her clematis plants - August 2011