Many staff members at Mr Fothergill’s are also keen gardeners who enjoy taking their work home with them.? This summer (2014) the company challenged them to grow plants in unusual containers.? Twelve people rose to the challenge, and their handiwork was judged by members of the gardening press who visited Mr Fothergill’s Kentford, Newmarket, trial ground in August.
The winner was Carol Parsons, who divides her time between the company’s seed testing laboratory and trial ground, with male and female metal drums sporting blue lobelia and pink petunia ‘hair’.? In second place was product development coordinator Pim Dickson who planted a brazier with flame-like celosias.
Among the entries were some weird and wonderful creations, including a brassi?re used as a hanging basket.? As one wag was heard to remark “It’s good to see underwear recycling in full swing!”
While the competition was mainly for the fun of growing the plants and the glory of winning, there was a first prize of a case of beer and a second prize of a bottle of wine.