A north Suffolk plant nursery has culminated a two-year collaboration with a leading national collector after winning a Gold Medal at this week’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Howards Nurseries, which is located in Wortham, teamed up with Sarah Cook, holder of the Plant Heritage National Collection of Irises, to present a display showcasing Irises bred by Sir Cedric Morris, at the flower show’s Grand Pavilion.
Ms Cook, who is also from Suffolk, said: “It is a chance in a lifetime to be working with Howard Nurseries who have all the skills and experience to grow plants for showing.
“Without their input it would not be possible to showcase the work of such a renowned artist and iris breeder.
“It is a thrill to be working with a Suffolk company – and a fellow Ipswich Town Football Club supporter.”
This latest Gold Medal adds to Howards Nurseries’ previous Gold and Silver Gilt medals obtained at past Chelsea Flower Shows.
The company, which is owned and run by David Howard and his daughter Christine, has been growing Sir Morris’ irises for seven years.
This year’s show began on Tuesday. It continues today and concludes tomorrow.