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RHS Exclusive: Candide Joins Hardy's at Chelsea

Published on February 19th 2020
A close up of a flower garden
Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants announced their last Chelsea Flower Show display, with Candide supporting them to create their most spectacular display ever.
The nursery has been participating in the world's most prestigious flower show for almost three decades and received 24 Gold Medals for their displays over the years.
Their final display will feature a walk-through wooden structure, surrounded by many of the nursery's stunning herbaceous perennials and shrubs.
Hardy's Cottage Garden is known for their passion for sustainable horticulture, supporting local growers and reducing plant-miles wherever they can. They are a proud advocates of the peat-free movement, using Melcourt compost in their nursery.
Kyra Kyrklund et al. posing for a picture
With their step back from Chelsea, they hope to concentrate more on local shows as well as growing and supplying quality plants to the UK.
Rosy Hardy has been the backbone of the annual exhibitions over the last 28 years. A true horticulturalist, her passion has always been the plants. "Perhaps the most notable plant was in 2011 when we launched Anemone Wild Swan, which went on to win the coveted Plant of the Year Award," she told Candide.
Hardy’s will be launching two new plants at this year’s Show, Salvia ‘Oriental Dove’ and Thalictrum tuberosum ‘Chantilly’.
The main focus of the display will be bespoke, architectural wooden structure – the design of which hints at an upturned hull of a Viking long ship, creating a dramatic archway entrance onto the stand. The structure frames differing views of Rosy Hardy’s signature ‘right-plant-right-place’ design, which will feature separate spaces of naturalistic plant communities, that reflect a variety of garden conditions, from damp shade through to hot, dry, sunny borders.
A pink flower on a plant
Rosy and the Hardy's Team are well known for launching their own cultivars at Chelsea. Last year they presented three long-flowering perennials, Digitalis ‘Firebird’, Salvia ‘Amethyst Lips’ and Dianthus ‘Cherry Burst’.
Andrew Philbrick, CEO of Candide said, “We are incredibly proud to support Hardy's exhibit at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Hardy's is a true British grower whose environmental and ethical values we share. They have been incredibly supportive of Candide in our early germination as a community of plant lovers that share knowledge about growing the right plants, in the right place and with the proper methods. We cannot wait to experience the vision of Rosy and Rob brought to life in their display; it promises to be an immersive and spectacular exhibit.”

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