Mr Fothergill turns 40

Mr Fothergill turns 40

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Founded in 1978, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds is the youngest of the ‘big-name’ seed companies – but this year it is celebrating a significant birthday. To mark the occasion, the Suffolk seed company has created a Ruby Garden at Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield. Capel Manor College educates new horticulturists, offering a range of courses for those interested in plants, trees and the environment, and has a longstanding relationship with Mr Fothergill’s.

Pim Dickson of Mr Fothergill’s says: “The Ruby Garden (pictured above) was created as a part of our Ruby Anniversary celebration. It’s a beautiful showcase for some of our most popular, as well as more unusual, red-flowered varieties, all of which produce a mass of flowers all summer long. Every year we design new spring and summer gardens and supply the seeds so horticultural students from Capel Manor College can grow the plants, plant them out and maintain the gardens as part of their studies.”

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Among the most distinctive plants in the garden are French marigold ‘Red Cherry’, producing bold double blooms, gaillardia ‘Firewheels’, with stunning burgundy flowers which are a magnet for butterflies, and salvia ‘Blaze of Fire’, which develops sizzling red-hot spikes of colour through summer into late autumn.

The Ruby Garden, which was awarded second place in the London Gardens Society’s All London Championship 2018, sits among more than 60 gardens and landscapes at Capel Manor Gardens, which are open until the end of October. Find out more at

All the varieties in the Ruby Garden are available as seeds and/or plants from Mr Fothergill’s retail stockists or online at

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Steve Ott