Gold for M&S at Chelsea

We’re thrilled to be suppliers for the M&S stand which won gold for the third year in a row at the Chelsea Flower Show. This years stand is all about capturing the feeling of the Mediterranean – think rolling hills peppered with fragrant herbs, shady courtyards and sunny terraces covered in trailing flowers.

Butters have been supporting M&S at the prestigious Chelsea show since the first exhibit in 2012. Malcolm Catlin, technical manager for Butters, has been busy trying to source the perfect flowers, plants and herbs. His research has taken him all over Europe, meaning the exhibit includes flora from Denmark, Holland, Sicily and Italy, as well as the nursery in Spalding. Simon Richards, who created the concept for this year’s exhibit said “This summer we’re championing the stunning flower varieties of the Mediterranean and are so pleased that we can feature blooms and plants from UK suppliers such as Butters.” Mr Catlin added: “We’ve really enjoyed working with the M&S team on Spirit of Summer: A Mediterranean Journey. “The project has embodied so many varieties of plants, flowers and herbs, from bright and colourful florals to strong, structural native plants that define the garden.” People who visit the M&S garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from May 23-27, have been promised to be taken on ‘a vibrant, floral journey through an authentic Mediterranean courtyard’.

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