Well, it was a fascinating afternoon judging some of the exhibits of perennials in the Great Pavilion. Most, including a lovely stand of ornamental grasses from Knoll Gardens, were of a very high standard and their exhibit also featured three new grasses that none of the judges had seen before. these included the very pretty, and drought toleraant, Panicum virgatum ‘Dewey Blue’ from the USA. This plant was selected by Rick Darke on the coast of Delaware. Rick was on hand at the show to launch his superb new book on grasses, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Liveable Landscapes.
One exhibitor, who perhaps I won’t name, had obviously been having trouble with his agapanthus (African lilies). He must have been so disappointed that so few were in flower. But it was great to see new plants like the pink and white bicoloured sweet pea, ‘Promise’, with its wonderful scent, on the stand from Matthewman's Sweet Peas.
The results will be out early in the morning, I’ll bring you the highlights, including news of how the American garden, an the other show gardens, fared in the medals, as soon as possible.