Hebe News – Article 2

Hebe Society display at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Plans for the Hebe Society display within the Plant Heritage area at the Hampton Court Flower Show from the 1st to the 7th July are progressing well. We have already designed all the educational posters, membership leaflets and business cards for the event and have also produced a brand-new banner which can also be used at all future shows and events. The display will consist of a raised circular display, 12 ft in diameter, composed of twelve wooden troughs containing hebe plants and with an inner 4 ft diameter central area containing a variety of other New Zealand plants to give additional height to the display (see colour insert).

Steve Harding has secured offers of hebes for display on the stand and for sale during the week. The main outstanding issues now are for me to build the twelve troughs for use in the display and to organise the team of volunteers to man the stand during the week.

We normally receive the final details of the show from the RHS during late March/early April. At this stage we will need to advise them of the names and details of all volunteers on the stand so that they can print and issue passes. If you think that you can provide a few hours or more helping to man the stand, selling plants and providing advice to the public on the cultivation of hebes and other New Zealand plants please let Steve or I know. Once you have done your few hours stint on the stand you will have plenty of time to view the rest of the show, which is the largest in the UK and much more relaxed with much greater opportunities to see the displays in comfort and to buy plants than at Chelsea.

Gary and Maria Firth

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