The weather has not been kind this winter with snow, cold and rain. Many of the shrubs that were usually in flower were not even showing buds. However, the team found plenty of blooms and foliage to take to the RHS Spring Ornamental Show and the Camellia Show. This event is usually held at Wisley Garden but, due to the building work there to create a new entrance, café etc. it was again relocated to the Savill Garden in Windsor. The team eagerly awaited news of any winners, as no one was able to go along over the weekend to see if their hard work had paid off. Clearly it had, with Standen being awarded one 1st, five 2nds, two 3rds and four 4ths.


Standen held its head high against all comers at the RHS show held at the Savill Garden, Windsor, taking prizes at all levels. Of 24 entries Standen achieved 12 places; a great success rate.
First place
Camellia Class 3 (japonica spray): Camellia japonica (unknown cultivar).
Camellia Class 17 (japonica double): Camellia japonica ‘Brushfield’s Yellow’.
Camellia Class 33 (japonica yellow cultivar): Camellia japonica ‘Brushfield’s Yellow’.
Spring Ornamental Class 8 (conifer foliage): Cephalotaxus harringtonia*.
Second place
Camellia Class 3: Camellia japonica, unknown cultivar (spray).
Camellia Class 20 (japonica, rose formed or formal double): Camellia japonica ‘Coquettii’.
Camellia Class 24 (x williamsii): Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Christian’*.
Camellia Class 25 (x williamsii semi-double): Camellia x williamsii ‘Only Red’.
Spring Ornamental Class 6 (variegated foliage): Original variegated shrub*.
Third place
Camellia Class 21 (3 doubles not japonica cultivars): 3 unknown Camellia cultivars.
Spring Ornamental Class 20 (magnolia): Magnolia ‘Heaven Scent’.
Fourth place
Spring Ornamental Class 4 (pieris): Pieris taiwaniana*.

*Original Margaret Beale plant


Once again, Standen impressed the RHS judges at the Main Camellia Competition and the Spring Ornamental Plant Competition. They walked away with a haul of 12 certificates: 5 seconds, 4 thirds, 2 fourths and a Highly Commended, an excellent result by anyone’s criteria. One of the second places was for the Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum, another for one of Mrs Beale’s original camellias, C. rubescens major, a third for a dainty bunch of Primula vulgaris and the last for one of the Acers. Standen picked up a third place in the class for 3 semi-double camellias.


We won lots of prizes at the RHS Wisley Spring Show! In the Camellia classes we won two firsts, one second and one third. We were also awarded the Marigold Assinder Challenge Cup by the International Camellia Society. In the Spring Ornamental classes we won three firsts, three seconds, two thirds and a fourth. Well done Elaine, Nick, Jackie and Ray. James and Elaine were presented with the cup by Pat Short of the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group on 23rd June, along with a cheque for £95 which will go towards new plants for the garden.


Standen’s very first time exhibiting at an RHS show and we’ve won prizes! Well done to James and the garden team.
We won a 3rd prize in the Early Rhododendron and Camellia Show with spray of Camellia japonica ‘nobilissima’, while in the Spring Ornamental Show the conifer Cephalotaxus harringtonia and Pieris taiwanensis had both taken a 2nd; the Four Ornamental Shrubs entry was placed 3rd and featured Daphne laureola, Pieris japonica, Ribes sanguineum and Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’. Many of the items entered by Standen were original Mrs Beale plants.