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The show must go on! Be one of the first to see Hardy's festival show garden

Published on May 10th 2021
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The show will go on for gold award-winning nursery Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants!

You could be one of the first people to see what would have been Hardy's final and largest display at the Chelsea Flower Show.
As part of Candide Festival of Flowers, gardener and broadcaster, Adam Frost, will be conducting the opening of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants’ festival garden.
Hardy’s stunning display had originally been destined as their final exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show after almost 30 years of exhibiting, having achieved an incredible 24 RHS Gold Medals.
Following the disappointment of the cancellation of RHS Chelsea in May, Hardy’s, supported by Candide, decided the show display must go on. The festival garden build will take place at the nursery in Freefolk Prior, Whitchurch.
Hardy's walk-through garden would have been their largest-ever RHS Chelsea display at 160 sq. meters which is ¾ the size of a Main Avenue Show Garden. Rosy Hardy and her team will create the Hardy's Festival Garden to the same exact RHS Judged standards seen at Chelsea.
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An artists impression of what the garden will look like from above
As with all Hardy's displays, the festival garden will be bursting with many hundreds of the nursery's stunning collection of herbaceous perennials and shrubs. All plants are grown in 100% peat-free media, using predominantly biological controls at their large 13-acre nursery.
The key focal point of the exhibit is a bespoke, architectural wooden structure. The bow-like construction frames differing views of Rosy Hardy's signature 'right plant, right place' style. Depending on where you are facing, each view from the frame will feature a naturalistic plant community, reflecting the different conditions a garden might face. From damp shade through to dry and sunny borders, this display will showcase the endless potential of a garden's beauty, no matter what light level or soil type.
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Artists impression of the bespoke built entry archway
Stay tuned later this week for the full festival garden plant list, or go and see the spectacle for yourself! Rosy Hardy will be at the festival garden site if you had any questions about the plants showcased in the display.

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How to buy tickets and visit the festival garden

The festival garden will open to the public from the 18th of May until June.
Secure your spot and book tickets today via throughout the Festival of Flowers. All proceeds will be donated to Hardy's local children's charity, Naomi House & Jacksplace.
Tickets include an hour-long visit to Hardy's Festival Garden through time slot bookings.
Why not make a day of it? The Hardy's Cottage Plants Nursery is based near Whitchurch, Hampshire, a location near many public attractions, such as Bere Mill, the River Test and the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery.

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Following Candide's Festival of Flowers, Hardy's will adapt the display into a permanent, wildflower, well-being garden, in which visitors can sit and enjoy the space for many years to come.
Keep checking back and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates on the build. We'll be giving you exclusive access where you'll be able to watch the build in timelapse! Be the first to know about the floral frivolities occurring this month when you sign up to our newsletter.
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Artists impression of the bespoke built entry archway

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