Helen strikes gold at top show


AN ELUSIVE gold medal has finally been won by a Canonbie nursery.

Helen Knowles of Tinnisburn Plants, Canonbie wins her first gold medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival
Helen Knowles of Tinnisburn Plants, Canonbie wins her first gold medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival

It has taken three years of exhibiting at RHS flower shows but after winning nine silver-gilt medals, Tinnisburn Plants has scooped gold for its display at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Helen Knowles and her partner Michael were both thrilled with the result after weeks of preparation and several long days putting the display together.

Helen said: "To win gold at Malvern was particularly special because it's our favourite show and the standard of all the exhibits there is always very high.

"The stars of the display were undoubtedly the stunning Himalayan Blue Poppies and this was the only display at the show to feature these gorgeous plants."

Helen has been building up a collection of different varieties and can now offer a wide range of Meconopsis.

She said: "The blue of the poppies contrasted really well with the golden flowers of Trollius europaeus, a beautiful British native.

"Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing', the black-leaved cow parsley, was in full bloom, its delicate white flowers shimmering in contrast to the dark foliage."

This display plant, which Helen has nurtured for the past six years, really shone this year and was another of the plants which many visitors to the show wanted to take home.

Just for a bit of fun Helen added some pink dandelions (Taraxacum pseudoroseum) and they even made it onto TV.

Helen said: "Its pink flowers have golden centres and it's perfect for naturalising in wildflower meadows. One visitor even came to the show specifically to buy a pink dandelion having seen Carol Klein talking about it."

Helen and Michael will be at the annual Buccleuch in Bloom event on this Saturday before getting ready to head off to Gardeners World Live which runs from June 15 to 18.

They then move onto Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park flower shows in July. The nursery is still open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10:41AM
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