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Compton Acres gardener receives gold awards

Author: Steven Shaw Published: 10th August 2009 06:19

Compton Acres Gardens are celebrating after their gardening consultant Mary Payne received gold awards at two of the country's top flower shows.

Now one of the UK's leading garden attractions, Compton Acres has been employing Mary's expertise for over 4 years.  Together with business partner Peter Thoday, (former horticultural director of the Eden Project) Mary advises Compton Acres on all planting decisions at the 10 acre gardens.

It was Mary, together with her colleague Jon Wheatley's outstanding dahlia exhibit, grown by Winchester Growers, which received recognition at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Exhibited for the first time in over 30 years at Chelsea, dahlias returned to the event this year.  Mary and Jon's exhibit included the variety `Happy Single Party'.  Their exhibit in the Great Pavilion not only won a gold award but also the President's Award.  This is a special award given to an exhibitor in the Great Pavilion selected by the RHS President as his personal favourite.  The exhibit showed the various uses of the dahlias as a border plant,  a bedding plant and as cut flowers.

Mary Payne - AboutMyArea - PooleMary Payne shows off her Happy Single Party Dahlias in the Italian Garden at Compton Acres

Since then Mary, Jon and their team, also won a gold medal at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  In addition, their garden was awarded  best show garden as well as being presented with the Tudor Rose award; a special award for the best garden out of all the garden categories.

Mary and Jon's winning garden was based on an allotment and linked to the popular theme of `grow your own'.  The allotment garden consisted of fruit and vegetables, cut flowers and all the usual constituents of a real allotment.

For further information about Compton Acres please call 01202 700778 or visit http://www.comptonacres.co.uk/

Article: - Liz Lean PR

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