Unless you’re in gardening circles, you might not have heard about Ball Colegrave open day, whose show gardens in Adderbury were open to the public this week – for one night only!
The Ball Horticultural Company is the UK’s largest supplier of seeds and plants to commercial growers and local authorities. The company is a proper Cotswold-based family group started by the late David Colegrave and his wife, Nancy, who sold packets of seeds from their garden shed. Now the organisation has one of the largest, international team of breeders producing new hybrid flowers, which could one day end up in our own back gardens.
At their Trial Grounds in Adderbury, the team pilot thousands of new species under a variety of conditions to check for uniformity in colour, resistance to pests and diseases and how they cope in the British weather.
During the open evening, visitors are encouraged to ‘blue flag’ their favourite flora which you might see as new introductions into garden centres next Spring.
To find out more about the open days visit the website www.ballcolegrave.co.uk
Our top three highlights from this year’s open day:
1. Probably the largest display of hanging baskets in the UK!
2. The Vertical Garden Cake – as recently seen at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
3. The sensory garden with plants to eat, taste, smell and look good.