Firms hope to blossom at Chelsea Flower Show

COUNTY firms have been selected to display their wares at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The best from Northamptonshire will be displayed in gardens, floral displays and trade stands across the show ground for the 157,000 visitors from around the world.

Two firms from the north of the county – Scotts of Thrapston Limited and Kettering-based Gap Garden Products will be presenting their talent to the showgoers at the event from Tuesday, May 22, until Saturday, May 26, at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

Scotts of Thrapston will be showcasing their summerhouse fit for the Queen with a special design commemorating her Diamond Jubilee year.

The limited edition Jubilee Summerhouse is finished in a cream paint and furnished with red and gold cushions. The crown on top is a weather vane bearing the official Diamond Jubilee emblem.

Gap Garden Products, based on the Pytchley Lodge industrial estate, Kettering, will be showing a range of garden furniture including gazeboes and plant supports.

Managing director Brent Mawby said the firm had been at the show for at least the past 15 years and last year was commended for its stand.

He said: “It’s without a doubt the biggest turnover show we do. If you can get in to Chelsea you go – there’s a long waiting list every year I believe.

“We have regular customers who come to see us every year.”

Sculptor Theodore Gillick, of Duddington, will also have a stand featuring bronze sculptures which are cast in Lincolnshire and London and hand finished by the artist and his team.

Among the others from the county invited are Crick-based Access Garden Products, Irrifence Limited of West Haddon, The Plant School and Twisters/Textice Ltd.

For more information about the show or to book tickets call 0844 3380338 or visit the website www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea.