Big money prizes on offer once again in Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition

Six winning vases of sweet peas will together be worth ?2500 to the six growers who win a national sweet pea competition in July 2015.? Suffolk seedsman Mr Fothergill’s has announced it will once again ?be running its sweet pea growing competition, with ?2500 in prize money, for a third successive year.? The event, to be held on Saturday 18 July,? and aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners rather than at exhibitors, will once again be hosted by Capel Manor College in north London.? It was decided to move the date back a fortnight to ensure a greater number of potential entrants have plenty of blooms from which to choose.

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or turn up at the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.? The two categories will be judged separately and there are also categories for schools and individual youngsters.? Each of the two adult and school classes will carry prizes of ?500, while the youngsters’ classes will have two prizes each of ?250.? The company’s tried and trusted method of allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition is available online at

Mr Fothergill’s competition coordinator Pim Dickson said he hoped by making the competition two weeks later than in earlier years everyone’s sweet peas would be in full bloom.? “We are looking for attractive bunches of mixed sweet peas, which will be judged on their overall appeal.? No one should feel their blooms are not good enough to enter and, after all, it is only a bit of fun”, he explained.? “The competition is becoming increasingly popular with schools, and we hope this trend continues”.



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