Darren wins another gold at RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival

Darren and Dawn Everest

IW Observer gardening columnist, Darren Everest, topped off an incredible summer show season, with a Gold Medal-winning display at last week’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival.

Having won his first Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, he has since gone on to win Gold at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show at the Birmingham NEC, and then at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show.

Darren has exhibited at Hampton Court for the last two years, with his prize-winning dahlias. However, he won a Silver and a Silver Gilt award.

With a very difficult growing season, caused by the early wet conditions followed by a much cooler period than we would normally expect, Darren was forced into using predominantly sweet peas in this year’s display. The judging panel were suitably impressed, though, and awarded Darren his first Hampton Court Gold. In what has been a very challenging season so far, Darren’s blooms have excelled, despite the unseasonal conditions.

Darren said: “I still can’t quite believe the season we have had. Quite how we’ve managed to put up the displays that we have is nothing short of a miracle. To win four Golds in a row is something I could never have dreamed of achieving.

“The weather for each show has been kind to us at just at the right moment. I have to thank the whole team that help make all this possible. My long-suffering wife, Dawn, for all her help and support all year round, putting up with me during the whole process.

My in-laws, Pam and Pete, for looking after the place while we are away, and to Liz Prior, for coming to our rescue midweek.
Darren and Dawn hope to have a little bit of a rest before the next round of shows begins in just a couple of weeks’ time.