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About Raymond Evison

Born in 1944, Raymond Evison started his horticultural career at the age of 15 in Shropshire and quickly became the Director of his first company: "Treasures of Tenbury Ltd". A brutal winter killed a third of his mother stock and he moved the clematis operations to Guernsey, in the sunny Channel Islands near France where he set up The Guernsey Clematis Nursery in 1985, to take advantage of the milder climate and long growing season.

These glasshouses have been upgraded to state of the art facilities and the nursery now produces 3-4 million young plants per year and exports to 20 countries worldwide.

1977: first book published: "Making the Most of Clematis". This book is now in it's 3rd reprint and has been followed by "The Gardeners Guide to Growing Clematis" and "Clematis for Everyone".

1984: formed the International Clematis Society. President from 1989-1991 and  was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society in 2004.

1985-1996: member of the Council of the RHS and Chairman of the RHS' Shows Committee from 1988 to 1995.

Former International President of the International Plant Propagators' Society and President of the Society's Great Britain and Northern Ireland region.  In 1979 he received the Rose Bowl Award for outstanding service to the Society.  Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture.

1980-1988: member of Council of the National Council for Conservation of Plants and Gardens. (NCCPG/Plant Heritage


1995:  Awarded RHS Victoria Medal of Honour for his outstanding service to British Horticulture and was also made the Guernsey Ambassador of the Year.

1997: the Guernsey Clematis Nursery was awarded The Exporter of the Year Award at the Nurseryman & Garden Centre Awards in London, putting the company ahead of all other exporters of horticultural products in the United Kingdom.  The nursery was also joint runner up for the same award in 2004.

2000: Raymond Evison was honoured with the OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Horticulture on Guernsey.

2004: The Royal Horticultural Society awarded Raymond J. Evison Ltd the Lawrence Medal for the best exhibit staged at the 2003 Chelsea Flower Show.  This medal is awarded annually for the exhibit shown to the Society during the year, it includes all Flower Shows organised by the RHS.

January 2005: Awarded the RHS Reginald Cory Memorial Cup for his far-reaching work in breeding and developing new clematis cultivars.

January 2008: Publication of the latest book "Clematis for Small Spaces", which was awarded "Refererence Book of the Year 2008" by the Garden Media Guild.


January 2009 - 2013: Chairman of the RHS Woody Plant Committee


January 2010 - 2013: Chairman of the RHS Plant Advisory Committee


May 2010:  Chelsea exhibit is again awarded a Gold Medal for the eighth successive year and received the RHS's Williams Memorial Medal for the best exhibit of a specific genus of plants across any of the RHS shows. 


May 2011:  A ninth successive Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show.


May 2012: A tenth successive Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show.


Over this period numerous Gold medals have been awarded for exhibits at shows and exhibitions including Chelsea, Hampton Court, Philadelphia and Toronto.


May 2013: An 11th successive Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show after a very cold Spring.


May 2014: Chelsea Gold Medal for a very contemporary exhibit of clematis.


May 2015: Chelsea Gold Medal once again, this time including innovative trailing clematis in spitfire nose cones.



Chelsea Flower Show 2014



Clematis Edda in Spitfire nose cone