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Adam Frost opens Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants' final RHS Chelsea display: Opening day highlights and full planting list revealed

Published on May 20th 2021

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A vase of flowers sitting on a bench in a garden
Monday marked the opening of Hardy's Cottage Plants' Festival Garden with a special appearance and official opening by garden designer and broadcaster, Adam Frost.
As a part of Candide Festival of Flowers, the Hardy's Festival Garden, sponsored by Candide, will be open until June. Tickets can be purchased from Candide with all proceeds being donated to Rob and Rosy Hardy's local children's hospice, Naomi House & Jacksplace.
The stunning display was initially designed for Hardy's final exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show. Following the cancellation of Chelsea, Hardy's decided to recreate their final show garden on their own turf and their largest exhibit to date at a whopping 160 sq. meters.
Keep reading to find out more about the Festival Garden highlights and how to book tickets.
A close up of a flower garden

Garden highlights

Hardy's Cottage Plants walk-through garden would have been their final and largest display at RHS Chelsea garden, measuring ¾ the size of a Main Avenue Show Garden. Rosy had no option but to withdraw from Chelsea following the show being postponed at the start of this year.
Created with those visiting in mind to enjoy and relax; the seating, pollinator-friendly plants and water rills provided for wildlife create a peaceful and calm atmosphere, providing a sense of well-being. The gardens tranquillity is enhanced by the reflections of the trees against the still water. Hardy’s plants are all grown in 100% peat-free media and are treated predominantly with biological controls, making them well and truly pollinator and wildlife-friendly.
The exhibit’s focal point is the architectural wooden entrance, hand-crafted by London-based craftsman, Object Atelier, made from stunning English Chestnut wood. The wooden structure symbolises British craftsmanship, its design inspired by an upturned wreck of a Viking longship, which Rosy had seen whilst visiting Norway.
The bow-like, dramatic, arching, wooden ribs provide a welcoming entrance while offering differing vistas through into the garden to view Rosy's signature 'right-plant-right-place' style.
After June, Hardy's will adapt the display to provide a permanent, wildflower, well-being garden, in which visitors to the nursery can sit and enjoy the space for many years to come.
Find out more about the Festival Garden highlights, including the full planting list, time-lapse of the build and how to book tickets, below.

An illustration of a garden
An illustration of the show-stopping garden display, built at the Hardy's Cottage Plants' Nursery near Hampshire

How to buy tickets:

If you've always wanted to attend the Chelsea Flower Show, now is your chance to visit a show garden in a relaxed, socially distanced time slot. Bookings are now open, so make sure you book before places sell out.

Book your tickets.

Highlights of the day

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A close up of a flower garden
A close up of a flower garden
A person sitting in a garden
A close up of a flower garden
A group of bushes in a garden
A bench in a garden
A close up of a flower garden
A vase filled with purple flowers on a table
A group of people standing in a garden
A person standing in front of a cake
A group of bushes in a garden

Watch the garden build

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The Festival Garden Planting List

ALCHEMILLA sericata 'Gold Strike'
ALLIUM schoenoprasum
ALLIUM stipitatum 'Mount Everest'
Allium - Wild Garlic
AMMI majus
ANCHUSA azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
ANEMONE sylvestris
ANGELICA archangelica
ANTHRISCUS sylvestris (Cow Parsley)
AQUILEGIA 'Hensol Harebell'
AQUILEGIA vul.var stel.'Black Barlow'
AQUILEGIA vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
ARTEMISIA 'Powis Castle'
ARTEMISIA ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'
AURINIA saxatilis
BAPTISIA australis
BAPTISIA 'Chocolate Chip'
BAPTISIA 'Solar Flare' (Prairieblues Series)
CALENDULA 'Indian Prince'
CAMPANULA takesimana 'Elizabeth'
CENTAUREA montana 'Alba'
CENTAUREA montana 'Purple Heart'
CENTAUREA montana 'Joyce'
CENTAUREA triumfettii subsp.stricta
CERINTHE major 'Purpurascens'
CHAEROPHYLLUM hirsutum 'Roseum'
CIRSIUM rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
CIRSIUM rivulare 'Trevor's Felley Find'
DIANTHUS 'Blushing Star' WP19 NAM01
DIANTHUS 'Cherry Burst' WP19 MOU01
DIGITALIS purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'
DIGITALIS purpurea f. albiflora
DISPORUM sessile 'Robustum Variegatum'
DORONICUM x excelsum 'Harpur Crewe'
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Lilafee'
EPIMEDIUM pubigerum
EPIMEDIUM x versicolor 'Sulphure
EPIMEDIUM x warleyense 'Orangekonigin'
ERYNGIUM x zabelii 'Neptune's Gold'
EUPHORBIA cyparissias 'Fens Ruby'
EUPHORBIA palustris
FRAGARIA (Wild Strawberry)
GERANIUM phaeum 'Alec's Pink'
GERANIUM phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
GERANIUM macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'
GEUM 'Bell Bank'
GEUM 'Red Wings'
GEUM rivale 'Cream Drop'
GEUM 'Scarlet Tempest' MACGEU001
GEUM 'Totally Tangerine'
GEUM 'Bremner's Nectarine'
GEUM 'Lisanne'
GEUM 'Nonna'
GEUM triflorum
GLANDULARIA 'Margarets Memory ' NEW
GLANDULARIA 'Seabrook's Lavender' SEALAV
GYMNASTER savatieri
HAKONECHLOA macra 'Aureola'
Hedge - ILEX crenata
HEUCHERA 'Obsidian'
HEUCHERA 'Strawberry Swirl'
HOSTA 'Eric Smith' (Tardiana Group)
HOSTA 'Halcyon' (Tardiana Group)
HOSTA 'Cherry Berry'
HOSTA 'Purple Heart'
IRIS 'Jane Phillips' (TB)
IRIS 'Sable' (TB)
IRIS 'Kent Pride' (TB)
IRIS 'Tropic Night'
KNAUTIA dipsacifolia
KNAUTIA arvensis
LAMIUM orvala Dwarf Form
LEUCANTHEMUM vulgare 'Maikonigen'
LIBERTIA chilensis
LUPINUS 'My Castle' (Band of Nobles Series) and LUPIN 'Morello Cherry'
LUZULA nivea
LUZULA sylvatica var.
LYCHNIS flos-cuculi 'White Robin'
LYCHNIS flos-cuculi
MAIANTHEMUM paniculatum
MATHIASELLA bupleuroides 'Green Dream'
MELITTIS melissophyllum Alba
MELITTIS melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
MISCANTHUS sin. var. conden. 'Cosmopolitan'
MYRRHIS odorata
ONOCLEA sensibilis
PERSICARIA bistorta 'Superba'
PHLOX divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume'
PHLOX divaricata 'White Perfume'
PHLOX divaricata subsp. laphamii 'Chattahoochee'
PHYSOCARPUS opulifolius 'Lady in Red' TUILAD
POLEMONIUM 'Lambrook Mauve'
POLYGONATUM x hybridum
POLYGONATUM x hybridum 'Striatum'
POTENTILLA recta 'Warrenii'
POTENTILLA palustris
PRIMULA japonica 'Miller's Crimso
PRIMULA japonica 'Apple Blossom'
PRIMULA pulverulenta (Pf)
RANUNCULUS aconitifolius
RHEUM 'Ace of Hearts'
RHEUM palmatum Atropurpureum
RHEUM tanguticum
RODGERSIA podophylla
RUBUS arcticus
RUBUS arcticus subsp.stellarcticus 'Sofia"
SALVIA nemorosa 'Caradonna'
SALVIA Caradonna Pink Inspiration
SILENE dioica 'Rollie's Favorite'
TELLIMA grandiflora Rubra Group
THALICTRUM 'Chantilly Lace'
TIARELLA 'Pink Skyrocket'
Trees - Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
TROLLIUS 'Dancing Flame'
TROLLIUS x cult. 'Taleggio' (Cheddar)
UVULARIA perfoliata
VALERIANA pyrenaica
VERONICA gentianoides Dark Form
VERONICA gentianoides 'Tissington White'
VIOLA 'Avril Lawson' (Va)
VIOLA cornuta Alba Group
ZIZIA aurea

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