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Blackmore & Langdon's
Chelsea Flower Show Preview Weekend  2010

Basil Billinger

    From the 14th. to 16th. May the eagerly awaited preview of begonias and delphiniums, some that may grace the B&L exhibit in two weeks at Chelsea, took place. This is combined with a sale of plants and is a Mecca for plant enthusiasts. Many NBS members, some travelling quite some distance, took the opportunity to attend.

   B&L are probably one of the oldest independent nurseries still in existence providing quality plants for over 100 years. They are also one of the longest continuous exhibitors at RHS shows throughout the county, again well over 100 years. Also, B&L are the only original exhibitor at the very first Chelsea Show still attending this prestigious event. Last year they were awarded gold for their outstanding display of begonias and delphiniums.

   Still in family ownership, the company is now run by Nicolas, Stephen and Simon Langdon, all grandsons of Charles Langdon, one of the two original founders. That is not to say that their parents, John and Rosemary, are not around to give encouragement. It was good to see them over the weekend meeting old friends.

The following pictures give a snapshot of plants on display at the preview.
B&L were again awarded a Gold Medal.


Begonia display house


Saturn


Sugar Candy


Delphinium display


Lancelot


Festiva


Pink Champagne


Jessica


Scented seedling


Apricot Delight


Olivia


John Smith


Rosemary Langdon


Nicholas Langdon


Stephen Langdon


John Smith


Gold Medal display at the Chelsea Flower Show  2009

B&L website:

OTHER PAGES BY BASIL BILLINGER
Begonias at the Rose & Sweet Pea Show
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AN AMATEUR BEGONIA GROWER

A Spring Visit to the South West Area Representative's Greenhouses          Garden Begonias
Begonia trail through the Mendips          October Begonias
 B&L Chelsea Preview 2009    A Spring Visit to B&L 2007          B&L March 2008

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