Bradford-on-Avon-based bougainvillea buffs set to bloom at RHS Flower Show Cardiff

A pair of bougainvillea specialists from Wiltshire will be bringing a myriad of colours to this year’s RHS Flower Show in Cardiff and are hoping to add gold to their colourful collection.

Bradford-on-Avon based Charles and Patricia Clarke, from Westdale Nurseries, have been steadily collecting a wide variety of the beautiful bougainvillea from all over the world and have built up the country’s largest collection, with over 200 different varieties.

Every year their stock and variety increases which has secured them a number of awards over the years, including silver medals at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff and the Chelsea Flower Show. The green fingered duo were also showcased on BBC1 in 2013 for their impressive collection.

Westdale Nurseries’ unique exhibit will display the versatility of the bougainvillea, showing how the vibrant plant can be grown as a Bonsai or as a pot plant as well as the traditional method of growing in baskets.

The nursery was founded by Charles’ parents, Charles and Evelyn Clarke, in the 1940s and, in 1954, it was moved to its current site which boasts two acres.

Speaking about returning to the RHS Flower Show Cardiff, Charles said:

“Flowers are a way of life for us, we love what we do and enjoy bringing colour and beauty to a dull and dreary world. We are so excited to bring our wide variety of bright and colourful plants back to the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff this spring, our first and favourite show of the season. You really couldn’t ask for a more beautiful backdrop to display at than Bute Park.

“We cannot wait to let people experience why bougainvillea have developed a reputation as the world’s most versatile and colourful plant. We will bring with us an array of the Lady Mary Baring which is a bright yellow variety, as well as my favourite - the Bridal Bouquet, a white flower with pink edging- which will no doubt steal the show!”

In addition to Westdale Nurseries’ standout display, Floyds Climbers and Clematis, celebrating 25 years of business this year, will return to the Show to display their delightful collection of spring flowering clematis, including their favourite evergreens - avalanche and clematis pixie, which has a deliciously zesty lemon scent. 

Multiple RHS gold medal winners the Botanic Nursery in Atworth, will also return to the show, showcasing a wide range of spring flowering shrubs, including tree peonies and foxgloves, hoping to inspire and give advice to visitors.

As well as the distinctive floral displays, this year’s festival of flowers will embrace Wales’ Year of Legends, 2017 with a host of themed gardens and features which will celebrate the rich history of Welsh legends and their connection to the surrounding landscape.

Visitors will also be able to browse the wide range of garden products on offer as well as sample delicious artisan produce and purchase gifts from the craft market.

The Show is run by the Royal Horticultural Society, the UK’s leading gardening charity committed to enriching everyone’s lives through plants and to make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. For more information or to buy advance tickets for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff visit www.rhs.org.uk/cardiff