Two collection holders in the PH marquee at Hampton Court won gold medals: Tale Valley Nursery with their Rhodohypoxis and x Rhodoxis and Bristol Zoo with Caryopteris. Their displays were quite different, with a gently rising stand of plants from Tale Valley, mimicking the open meadow of their native South Africa,
while the Oriental origins of Caryopteris were revealed in a temple style backdrop.
Both displays showcased the plants at a peak of perfection. The flower heads of the Rhodohypoxis had been nipped out to delay flowering until the show, whereas there wasn’t a bloom in sight on the late flowering Caryopteris display, just terraces of perfect foliage in different shades of green.
Tale Valley Nursery also won Best Exhibit in the Marquee and take home an engraved crystal vase to mark the occasion.