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Happy and Glorious wins Large Gold at Sandringham Flower Show

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[caption id="attachment_17415" align="alignleft" width="300"]The-Prince-of-Wales-&-Duchess-of-Cambridge-enjoy-Adnams-Ghost-Ship.-Credit-Ian-Burt--Archant The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cambridge enjoy Adnams Ghost Ship. Credit: Ian Burt, Archant[/caption] Adnams and Notcutts joined forces at Sandringham Flower Show to create a garden named “Happy and Glorious”. Inspired by Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, this special pub garden brings together two quintessentially British traditions, garden parties and the pub. The garden was judged by RHS Judges on Wednesday morning and was awarded the top honour. The judges assessed to the same standards as gardens seen at Chelsea Flower Show and commented that they were unable to find a single fault. David Reeve, Chairman of the Sandringham Flower Show, was extremely impressed by not only the garden but by the great team work demonstrated by both companies during the build which was headed up by garden designer Marco De Jongh of Notcutts. You can view images of the garden build here. [caption id="attachment_17416" align="alignright" width="300"]Large Gold Medals for Adnam -& Notcutts. Credit: Andrew Florides Large Gold Medals for Adnams & Notcutts. Credit: Andrew Florides[/caption] Nicky Dulieu, Non-Executive Director of Adnams and Chairman of Notcutts, welcomed the show’s guests of honour, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, into the garden, giving a guided tour and explaining the inspiration behind the space. HRH Prince Charles and Camilla were introduced to Caroline Notcutt, member of the garden centre’s founding family, and Marco De Jongh. Both were very enthused by the garden and HRH Prince Charles particularly admired the tree ferns and moss pathway, and also expressed his growing appreciation of hydrangeas. The couple then toasted the garden with a glass of Adnams Ghost Ship beer, before continuing to congratulate the team on the garden. [caption id="attachment_17418" align="alignleft" width="300"]Adnams & Notcutts, Happy and Glorious Garden. Credit: Andrew Florides Adnams & Notcutts, Happy and Glorious Garden. Credit: Andrew Florides[/caption] The Happy and Glorious garden reflects Notcutts’ horticultural knowledge and our brewing expertise. Designed in association with the Eastern Daily Press, it is filled with bright and colourful flowers, bunting and even features a bar serving Adnams’ beers and gin. The planting selected for the garden includes summer favourites such as hydrangeas, hostas and dahlias as well as taller canopy plants including birch trees, conifers and tree ferns (Dicksonia Antarctica) to create shade and add architectural structure. The one-day event held at the Queen’s Norfolk estate received thousands of visitors, who viewed “Happy and Glorious” as well as a number of other gardens and browsed the many retail stands. [caption id="attachment_17417" align="alignleft" width="200"]Adnams & Notcutts Happy & Glorious Garden. Credit: Andrew Florides Adnams & Notcutts Happy & Glorious Garden. Credit: Andrew Florides[/caption] Andy Wood commented: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded the Large Gold medal, it really is a testament to the two companies’ knowledge and enthusiasm. It has been a great honour to work with Notcutts, another regional family business, on this year’s Flower Show. Both of our brands have a proud relationship with the Royal Family; Notcutts has supplied plants to the Royal Household and we have brewed a number of beers to commemorate important royal occasions and jubilees. “As a result this garden is not only a celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday but also of British traditions. For this project, we have reinvented a conventional pub garden to create a beautiful space in which to enjoy a pint of British Ale, something I know HRH Prince of Wales is partial to. We hope that visitors enjoyed all the garden had to offer and took inspiration for their own gardens!” The team at Notcutts have produced a brilliant time-lapse video showing how the garden was built. You can watch it here:  

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