A huge congratulations to Steph, Nick and the team at Frank P Matthews for achieving yet another RHS Gold Medal at this year's Malvern Autumn Show.
Their eye-pleasing display in the Orchard & Hopyard Pavilion featured a whopping 90 different fruits grown on the family nursery, based near Tenbury Wells (Worcestershire).
All hand-picked, the mixed varieties of beautifully-arranged Heritage, Modern & Future fruits dressed the table in boxes and trugs with helpful labels naming the fruit, its year and and other essential information. Then in the middle sat three of the most perfect espalier apple trees in, you guessed it, Tom's Yard Cretan Pots.
Two smaller Standard Elii flanked one of my best-selling Low Wide Planters. A great use of great pots, I reckon!
Their celebration of seasonal British fruits looked absolutely scrumptious... I had to hold back the urge to take a bite out of some!
Here's some helpful tips for you:-
Heritage refers to fruit known to be in cultivation before 1900 (though some draw the line at 100 years plus... pre-1923 could be used).
Modern refers to fruit that has been bred in the past 100 years.
Future refers to fruits that have just been released or show promise for the future.
Thomas Pearson