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.
The Guernsey Clematis Nursery is delighted that Fenchurch Advisory Partners will sponsor its Chelsea Flower Show exhibit for the third successive year. 2013 will be particularly special for the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show as it celebrates its centenary.
Raymond Evison said "By public demand and the encouragement of the British gardening press, we will again have an exhibit with a diagonal public walkway through the middle, so that show visitors can view the clematis plants at close quarters and be able to see the flowers in detail, appreciating their beauty."
Simon Yun-Farmbrough, vice-chairman of Fenchurch Advisory Partners added "We are delighted once again to have the opportunity to work with an exhibitor of the calibre of the Guernsey Clematis Nursery, especially given Raymond's outstanding record of achievement at Chelsea."
For details of the show visit the RHS website
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.
Raymond Evison Clematis are pleased to announce a 10th consecutive Gold Medal at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show. It was a challenging time, getting the thousands of plants ready in a cold Spring but we have a great team who worked very hard to achieve this fantastic result.
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
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