Jersey and Guernsey exhibits win gold at Chelsea show

Raymond Evison Clematis exhibit at the Chelsea show
Image caption It is the 25th gold medal for Raymond Evison at the Chelsea show

Jersey's Eric Young Orchid Foundation and Guernsey clematis grower Raymond Evison have both been awarded gold at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It is the 25th gold medal for Mr Evison at the show.

His exhibition of clematis cultivars in the Great Pavilion won the approval of judges on Monday.

Mr Evison said: "I am relieved, there was a lot of pressure that we got it right. I was really worried about [whether] the plants would flower."

Image caption Jersey's Eric Young Orchid Foundation exhibit won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

The event held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital is in its centenary year.

The Eric Young Orchid Foundation from Trinity does not exhibit every year at the Chelsea show as it also exhibits at orchid conferences around the world each year.

The foundation's curator Chris Purver said: "I am very very pleased with what we have achieved.

"We wanted to put on an orchid display which represented those from 100 years ago and fortunately the judges understood what we were trying to achieve."

Meanwhile St Martin's Flower Club from Jersey also had an exhibit at the show but did not win any awards this year.

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