Toby’s Garden Festival 2018

Come and see us at Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival in the beautiful grounds of Powderham Castle on April 27 & 28th 2018.  Visit our stall, chat to our expert staff and buy some of our fragrant Pinks for your garden.

Now in its fifth year, with over 100 exhibitors offering quality plants, unique country crafts and artisan food and drink – there is something for everyone with live music and family entertainment all set  within the castle grounds.

Wonderful guest speakers including Rachel de Thame, sharing her love and expertise on flowers and Terry Walton from Radio 2 providing allotment advice. Also John Challis, the actor and author best known for playing Boycie in the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses will be there to speak about his latest book, The Treasure of Mortimer, which is a record of the restoration of the house and the creation of a garden at the 12th Century abbot’s lodging he bought in 1998.

Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival

A fantastic time was had by all at this year’s Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival. Our British grown scented Pinks proved to be a firm favourite amongst visitors as always. After completely selling out of flowers on day 1 we were forced to restock for day 2. We also had one particularly familiar fellow visit our stall to check out our awarding winning aroma.

 

Winning Silver Gilt at Chelsea 2015!

“We’re breeding funky new pinks with a fragrance!”

Having an amazing time at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year already! We have just won Silver Gilt, and I am so proud of my team! We’re breeding funky new Pinks with a fragrance, in our Whetman Cocktail Pinks Collection. Promoting British cut flowers and growers and rich, rich fragrance. Thoroughly enjoyed the BBC TV coverage of our work last night and everyone’s support.

x Carolyn Bourne

Our 5 Cocktail Pinks
Our 5 Cocktail Pinks
Being interviewed by BBC for official Chelsea TV coverage.
Being interviewed by BBC for official Chelsea TV coverage.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2015

We are back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for another year, in the Great Pavilion, stand GPB3. This year we are launching 5 NEW Whetman ‘cocktails’ collection, and our Tequila Sunrise’ pink was shortlisted for Chelsea Plant of the Year. This collection is available to buy from QVC, follow this link:

http://www.qvcuk.com/Whetman-Pinks-15-x-Giant-Cocktail-Pinks-Young-Plants-with-Fertiliser.product.505662.html?cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-505662

When I get back from Chelsea I will put them up on website for sale too!

Our 5 cocktail pinks are:

Cherry Daiquiri – a beautiful lilac blush with a raspberry core

Cherry Daiquiri

Cosmopolitan – redcurrant-coloured blooms with a deep cherry red centre

Cosmopolitan

Mojito – pure white, semi-smooth-edged flowers fading to a citrus centre, giving a subtle nod to the refreshing lime, mint and rum-based drink

Mojito

Shirley Temple – candyfloss pink petals deepen to a dark red centre

Shirley Temple Optimised

Tequila Sunrise (shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2015) 

– creamy yellow petals with a pink lipstick-kiss ring in the middle

Tequila Sunrise Optimised

Each cocktail is a unique garden Pink (stems 12″-15″), hardy, fragrant, graceful – a breakthrough in our breeding programme.

If you are attending Chelsea please pop along to our stand GPB3 to see our display of versatile hardy, fragrant Pinks as we’d love to meet you.  The floral centrepieces at the show have been created by Sue Griffiths and contain more than 3,500 flowers. All flowers and plants were grown on the nursery in testing weather conditions.

Welcome to Spring

At long last we have said goodbye to winter days and welcome to Spring!  Everywhere are gorgeous daffodils, magnolias, camellias, primroses and trees ready to burst open their new leaves.  I am very excited  – 15 years ago I planted a Magnolia campbelli mollicomata Lanarth in the garden (what a mouthful!) and it has produced its first ever flowers this year!  20 feet tall, there are 30 waterlily shaped pink flowers near the top of the tree.  Patience has finally been rewarded!

We are very busy now sending out plants to you and thank you for all your compliments.  It is lovely to have such positive feedback.  Our RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit is coming along – we just need some sunny warm weather to bring the flowers on!  This year we have a small crop of cut flowers for you (if you aren’t growing your own) and we look forward to inspiring those who are unfamiliar with the fragrance and grace of Pinks.

Keep your questions coming – we’re here to help if we can!

Reminder:  keep a look out for unwelcome aphids which may be feasting off the sweet young buds of your pinks.  Get rid of them in any acceptable way.   Give your pinks a booster this Spring by applying a balanced fertiliser 1:1:1 to encourage growth.  Once the flower stems have started to lengthen and the buds are forming, change the fertiliser to a higher potash feed 1:1:2,  this will strengthen the stems and enhance the colour of your blooms.

Enjoy your gardening!

Alzheimer’s Society People Awards

Whetman Pinks is delighted to have attended the Alzheimer’s Society People Awards held at St. James’ Palace.

The awards were presented by HRH Princess Alexandra, the Royal Patron of Alzheimer’s Society.

Whetman pinks is proud to have been able to send more than £25,000.00 to Alzheimer’s Society since the launch of the stunning new Dianthus ‘Memories’.

The original hoped for target was £15,000 but thanks to invaluable commitment by Bransford Webbs, Homebase and generous donations from many of our customers, this target has been far exceeded.

Alzheimer’s Society informed us that:

…the income we have received from the sales of the Dianthus Memories plants is supporting a major study that Alzheimer’s Society is funding, into a drug called Liraglutide.

This is a drug which is currently being used to treat people with diabetes.

This major drug development study will tell us more about the effects of Liraglutide on Alzheimer’s disease.

It is a particularly exciting area of work and you can read more about it at the Alzheimer’s Society website.

Whetman Pinks of Devon Receives The Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade

Queens Award

Ornamental horticulture company Whetman Pinks is celebrating being named as a winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. The citation refers to the Company’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to International Trade’.

Based in Ashcombe, near Dawlish, Devon, Whetman Pinks was founded in 1936 and employs 32 people from the local area. Whetman breeds and propagates hybrid Dianthus (Pinks) and exports to a worldwide market including mainland Europe, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It is the only commercial Pinks specialist in the world.

As a first time winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the company is single-minded in its pursuit of excellence and customer satisfaction. Sales are achieved via trade shows – mainly abroad, publications and its wholesale catalogue as well as with the invaluable support of overseas intermediaries. Where it is uneconomical to supply directly or import restrictions exist, the Company negotiates to issue licenses to propagate.

Queens Award Group Photo

Approximately 150 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. MD Carolyn Bourne said that receiving the Queen’s Award would contribute greatly towards helping to promote the UK Ornamental Horticulture industry around the world.

She added that ‘the thrill and pride of winning comes as a wonderful boost to morale in these difficult times for the industry, where month after month of untypical weather has caused major problems to add to the woes of the recession. In a year which has included a Gold Medal at Chelsea, a regional Employer of the Year award and Overall Ornamental Grower of the Year Award, the Queen’s Award in her Jubilee year comes as a magnificent finale.’

Above all she expressed thanks to all her colleagues at Whetman for the hard work without which it would never have been possible.