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Chantilly

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Every year we make the short hop across the channel to exhibit at Chantilly. This show is a must for anyone looking for top quality plants, many of which you never see in the UK. Nurseries from all over Europe flock to it, bringing the best they have. We say it's a short hop because it really is, only some two and a half hours from Calais. Unlike UK shows it is not stiff and regimented, often filled with 'tat', it is a true gardeners delight. Tickets are inexpensive, parking is free, plus entry to the Castle is included in the price, which by the way houses the second best art collection in France. For somewhere to stay you can take your pick, from 5 star hotels to homely B and B's. We stayed in a delightful local village some 7 Km away, where we were served good food and made to feel at home. During the show we met several visitors from the UK and one Aussie, one of which was a reporter from The Telegraph who has since written an article about it.

The 'Chelsea Plant of the Year' competition

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The 'Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition' was first contested in 2010, since then it has been run every year. Exhibitor's in the floral marquee can enter as many new plants as they wish, but only the top twenty are selected to go forward for the award. In 2010 we had planned to enter Lily Allen , but we missed the deadline !

In 2011 we entered three varieties : Lankon , Firebolt and Julie Fowlis, much to our delight all three were voted into the top twenty.

For 2012 we decided to only enter two varieties : Bethan Evans and Cream Tea, both were voted into the top twenty.

Last year it was again two varieties : and Sweet Desire, result both were voted into the top twenty.

Our contestant for the 2014 competition  : Jennifer Evans  

Our Competitor for 2015 'Twyford' one of our new 'Lotus Lilies'

The Prince of Wales visits our 2013 Chelsea exhibit

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His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Sarah Hyde admire our new, double flowered Oriental variety Snowboard at last years Chelsea Flower Show.

The Queens Diamond Jubilee Award 2012

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At this years Chelsea flower Show we were awarded our 8 th 'Chelsea Gold Medal and ' The Queens Diamond Jubilee Award' for the best Exhibit in the Grand Pavilion. Sarah received the award from The Queen on the Monday afternoon, a great honor. Here at H W Hyde & Son we take great pride in being the UK's top specialist Lily growers. Every year we run trials of the very newest varieties of both Lilies and Tulips, only the very best of these get included in our catalogue, tulip bulbs and martagon lily bulbs are supplied in the Autumn. Most other varieties of Lilies are supplied in the Spring

During the year we exhibit at the top flower shows in the UK and our displays are made from flowers grown at our own nursery. So far we have a perfect record at the World famous 'Chelsea Flower Show', winning gold every time.

Software Upgrade

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This software for our site has just been upgraded, regular visitors will notice many changes. Gone is the old search facility, it has been replaced by a state of art 'intelligent programme', visitors can now search by, Date added, Price, Colour, to mention just a few of the many search terms. All this is thanks to our webmaster John Liddiard, there is nothing John likes better than computer programming , apart from maybe diving, but the latter doesn't pay the bills. Over the coming weeks, many new varieties of Lilies will be added, plus our new range of tall growing Zantedeschia (Calla Lily's).

Chelsea 2015 Gold number 11

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Exhibit number eleven at Chelsea and we have maintained our perfect record of winning Gold Medals. This years display was constructed of five big beds of growing plants.

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