Cholmondeley at RHS Chelsea 2016
Two of Cheshire’s most notable families fly the Northern flag at
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
TWO of Cheshire’s oldest and most notable families are coming together with a joint Floral Exhibit in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 – celebrating their roots in the land that has shaped their history and longevity.
The Cholmondeley family, who have resided in Cheshire since the Norman times and 15th generation family oat miller, Mornflake, are proud to recreate Cholmondeley Castle’s iconic ‘Temple Garden’ at Chelsea, within a stunning representation that celebrates their shared passion for British land.
The project will be led by award-winning Head Gardener, Barry Grain and is believed to be the first ‘Northern’ garden of its kind to be shown in the famous Great Pavilion at Chelsea.
Cholmondeley’s Temple Garden is a noted ‘Garden of Distinction’ and one of England’s hidden treasures. Steeped in history, yet constantly evolving, the gardens, like the rest of the Estate, are ultimately underpinned by agriculture, as Cholmondeley works with tenant farms to make the most of the breath-taking land that carves out the castle and its grounds.
Representing the agricultural foundations that shape the Cholmondeley Estate, Mornflake has been a fierce supporter and pioneer of British land and food for over 340 years. Independently owned and run by the Lea family since 1675, Mornflake contract grows oats with British farmers to safeguard the future of our oat crops and invented the stabilsation of oats during the Second World War - enabling them to be stored as the house-hold staple we enjoy today.
Barry Grain, of Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, said: “Chelsea is without doubt on the bucket list of every professional gardener in the country, and possibly the world.
“Lady Cholmondeley has worked tirelessly her whole life to create the romance of The Temple Garden, as such it is a true honour to represent Cholmondeley and working alongside Mornflake and the Lea family to bring this vision of Cheshire to fruition, makes the experience even more special”.
John Lea, Managing Director of Mornflake, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cholmondeley Estate on this unique floral exhibit at RHS Chelsea.
“After 15 family generations of milling oats grown from British soil, we are proud to celebrate our mutual passion for the land that surrounds and unites our two families with what is sure to be one of the finest gardens that Chelsea will ever see”.