Thrive sweet pea 'Eleanore Udall' at RHS Chelsea


Sweet Pea 'Eleanore Udall' made its floral debut at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Visitors saw the pretty pink flower in full bloom in the garden in the Grand Pavilion thanks to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and The Sun’s gardening editor Peter Seabrook.

Client gardeners from Battersea oversaw the germination and looked after the sweet pea until the show, crossing fingers for the sweet pea to flower in time - which it did!

The gardeners were all supported by senior horticultural therapist Steve Humphreys.

Steve said: "We grew quite a few sweet peas and kept them under light and heat for Chelsea. We also grew tomatoes for the Alitex display and were able to give Alitex a sweet pea for their glasshouse.

"It has been great to involve many of the client gardeners because to grow something for a show like this is a real achievement and we are really pleased to have been given the opportunity."

You can buy your own packets of the sweet pea, created for Thrive by Thompson & Morgan, now as they can be sown again in the autumn and are good for next year too. You can buy them now for £2.99 a packet and 100% of the proceeds come back to Thrive.

The 'Eleanore Udall' sweet pea was featured in an exhibit (pictured left) which highlighted different looks that can be achieved in small spaces through container gardening.

The idea was championed by Sun gardening editor Peter Seabrook in association with the HTA and Garden Centres Association (GCA) and their members.

The floral exhibit in the Grand Pavilion featured four model garden displays, each 4m x 4m, the same size as an average front garden in Britain.

Each had its own theme and 'Eleanore Udall’ was part of The Seed Garden. The whole exhibit won a Silver-Gilt medal.

Sweet pea 'Eleanore Udall’ is a pretty new form with graduated pink petals and a heavenly scent ideal for garden displays and home-made cut flower bouquets. 

The variety has been named after the late wife of the founder of Thrive, the late Rev. Dr Geoffrey Udall who bequeathed his Beech Hill estate near Reading, Berkshire, to the charity.

Kathryn Rossiter, CEO at Thrive, said: "A huge thank you to the HTA and Peter for giving Thrive the opportunity to be part of RHS Chelsea this year allowing hundreds of visitors to see 'Eleanore Udall’ in full bloom.

"I know the team in Battersea worked diligently to ensure the sweet pea looked its best for the show – heat lamps, careful watering and feeding forming part of the process.

"I hope people will marvel at its beauty and will buy packets of the seeds to create their own beautiful, fragrant displays."