I was very lucky to be invited to the press day for the opening of the Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants final RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibition stand. Due to the pandemic the Chelsea Flower Show has been moved to September and sadly the Hardys cannot attend at that time, so in the spirit of the show must go on, the exhibition garden, which was to be the largest yet they had built for the show, has been constructed at the Hardys' Whitchurch nursery instead.here. Proceeds from the ticket sales are going to a charity that Rosy and Rob Hardy support: Naomi House and Jacks Place The garden will be there for a couple more weeks yet so there is still time.
The event was opened by the garden's sponsor: Candide CEO Andrew Philbrick. Candide are hosting an online 'Festival of Flowers' for all of May and if you have not had a look at what they hosting for the festival and in general then do. They are building a good gardening community on line, with the ability to buy plants from a range of independent nurseries plus gardening equipment, lists of gardens open and many other gardening related things. It is a website to get easily enthralled in.
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The very good news is that whilst this was the Hardys' last stand for Chelsea, it is not their last stand. They will still be at garden shows, the nursery is staying open which for me personally is a huge relief. As said I am a long-time customer and so I would miss not being to access their plants at shows I go to. I will miss not seeing them at Chelsea, obviously, but one gap in the calendar I can bear.
So if you get a chance to visit the nursery please do, if you get a chance to visit before the garden is dismantled then even better.
Stay safe and be kind.