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RHS Chelsea 2010 Plant of the Year

and the Plantsman Conference
by RHS
May 23, 2010

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched the search for the RHS Chelsea 2010 Plant of the Year, to find the most inspiring new plant at its annual world famous gardening event.

This exciting award, introduced for the first time, will bring together the expertise of the country’s leading horticulturists and highlight the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s prime position as a platform for all that is new and innovative in the gardening world.

Floral and garden exhibitors have been asked to enter new plants * to be considered for this accolade. A shortlist of 20 plants will be made by the RHS Plants Advisory Committee and the plants will be voted on by the RHS Plant Committee members at a special Plantsman Conference to be held on Monday 24 May.

In addition, top plantsman Roy Lancaster, well-known for his encyclopaedic gardening knowledge, will choose a number of plants to be considered.

At the conference, chaired by Nigel Colborn, each plant will have its own ‘advocate’ who will attempt to persuade the audience to vote for their choice.

The winning exhibitor of the RHS Chelsea 2010 Plant of the Year will be presented with a special trophy by the RHS President, Giles Coode-Adams. Show visitors will be able to view the overall winner and the shortlisted plants in the Great Pavilion, H4 Stand, from Tuesday 25 May and the results will be posted online at

Simon Thornton Wood, RHS Director of Science and Learning, says: “The RHS Chelsea 2010 Plant of the Year will reflect both the great tradition of bringing the finest plants to RHS Chelsea, and the excitement of introducing something new to the greatest flower show in the world.”

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