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Tropical Plants

Tropical plants give your garden an exotic look by blending hot vibrant colours with dramatic architectural foliage. There are many Tropical plants that are hardy in most places of the uk although some need a little protection.

Plantbase Nursery specialises in Tropical plants and Graham has a wealth of knowledge and expertise which he is happy to impart. His stand is worth a visit.

Dysons Salvia Nursery

Salvias are the largest genus of plants in the sage family (Lamiaceae) with nearly 1000 species of shrubs,perennials and annual which range from whites and pinks through to blues.

William Dyson is the Curator of Great Comp Garden in Kent. He is also the proprietor of ‘Dyson’s Nurseries’ which is situated within the garden and specializes in Salvias, particularly those from the New World.

His Salvia collection is extensive and many of the plants can be seen growing in the grounds of Great Comp, particularly in the Summer and Autumn months.

William began collecting Salvias in 1994, shortly after arriving at Great Comp. He was on the look-out for colourful plants that would thrive on the well-drained, sandy soil that makes up much of the garden and realized that these plants worked well in the open, sunny areas of the garden.

After collecting all of the commercially available Salvias and planting them in the garden, William quickly discovered how readily the plants hybridized with one another and so he started his own breeding program.  Many of his early hybrids are widespread today including ‘Silas Dyson’ and ‘Joy’ which both remain very popular.

The Dyson’s have had great success at the RHS show’s such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Wisley but these days prefer to sell their stock directly from their nursery and only attend a few hand-picked events in the South East. This is mainly due to William’s involvement in the major restoration project of Great Comp House but also as a direct result of the coronavirus epidemic which led him to rethink and simplify things a little.

The garden at Great Comp is open from March to November and has interest all year round; Magnolias, Camellias and Azaleas in Spring, Salvias and exotic perennials in Summer, Miscanthus, more Salvias and colour from deciduous trees and shrubs in Autumn then Snowflakes, Snowdrops and Hellebores in Winter.

Salvias do best in full sun and well drained soil. The colours, forms and nectar rich flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. They flower for months on end from mid summer to the first frost and are a must for any garden.

BEL Events is delighted to announce ‘The Gardeners’ Gardening Show’ at Herstmonceux Castle on 13th/14th/15th May 2022 featuring Carol Klein along with a number of well-known TV celebrities.

Set in the idyllic grounds of Herstmonceux Castle in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, with their own beautiful and established garden ‘The Gardeners’ Gardening Show’ is a brand new event focussed purely on gardening and the challenges gardeners currently face and supporting British nurseries primarily from Kent and Sussex.

The focus of the show will be on a 400 seater marquee within which a number of well-known speakers will give talks throughout the day on a range of subjects from Bee-Keeping to ‘British Plants Rock’. We are thrilled that amongst the speakers will be Carol Klein, Mark Diacono (from ex River Cottage), Ben Cross and Robert Smith so watch out for our talks guide and come and to listen to your favourite speaker in the main marquee.

The attending nurseries (including a number of Chelsea medal winners) will be showcasing “Plants for all environments” from shady to hot and dry, from tropical to edible. It will cover plants for climate change through to re-wilding. In addition, the specialist nursery experts will be on hand to advice and answer questions.

We know that interest in gardening has burgeoned during the past difficult years and that gardening is a way to improve mental health and general well-being.

If you are really passionate about your garden and gardening, this is the place to be.

Gates open at 10:00am each day and close at 4:00pm Picnics are also allowed.  All Parking is free.

Tickets are available to purchase here and will include access to the castle gardens during the day.