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Suffolk flower firm wins Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea

Peter Freeman, Thompson and Morgan's New Product Development Manager, with RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 'Runaway Bride' Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Peter Freeman, Thompson and Morgan's New Product Development Manager, with RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 'Runaway Bride' Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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A Suffolk flower company are celebrating after its hydrangea hybrid ‘Runaway Bride’ won Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Five of Ipswich-based Thompson and Morgan’s seven flower entries made it to the 20-strong final shortlist - with ‘Runaway Bride’ winning the gold and the firm’s sunflower ‘Sunbelievable Brown Eyed Girl’ placing third.

Its winning entry is described as a Hydrangea hybrid which blooms from almost all of its lateral stems.

Paul Masters, head of horticulture at Thompson and Morgan, said he was thrilled the firm’s plant had impressed the Chelsea judges.

He said: “We’re completely over the moon to have taken first and third laces in this year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year.

“Runaway Bride’ is a truly spectacular plant - I’ve never seen so many flowers on a hydrangea. To see six blooms on each branch is unheard of.
“It really is incredible.”

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