Welcome to Nigel Bishop and Brendan Mowforth coming to Exeter to judge our RHS Britain in Bloom entry on Monday 1 August. We hope they enjoy their overnight stay at The Royal Clarence hotel and their tour of the City.
About the judges:
My favourite plant….
I have no strong favourite, although spring is always the best time of year for me. Plants that highlight spring is on its way and that the cold winter is behind us are a plus. The simple snowdrop (Galanthus) and snowflake (Leucojum) fulfil that role, with their many different and interesting varieties.
Colour combinations that keep me awake at night….
Experimenting with colour is always a good thing, although what suits one person may not another – there are some combinations that I would never use again!
Nigel has spent the majority of his horticultural career working within the public sector, but began as an apprentice gardener for the late Princess Royal at Harewood House in Yorkshire. He trained at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and then the Institute of Park and Recreation Administration.
This year Nigel received Associate of Honour from the RHS in recognition of his distinguished service to horticulture, an award that he has greatly appreciated.
In his free time he enjoys growing vegetables and soft fruit in his garden. This year his challenges are finding something more inventive to do with the inevitable glut of courgettes and finally getting a successful crop of spring onions!
My Favourite plant…..
This changes according to the season but I do like winter-flowering trees and shrubs.
I’d like to meet…..
David Douglas, the plant collector who introduced the Douglas fir amongst many other plants new to the country in the early 1800’s
His involvement with Bloom included working with colleagues to help a large number of groups that entered Yorkshire and Britain in Bloom. He is currently Chairman of Yorkshire in Bloom, having been a judge and member of the executive board.
Current occupations include looking after his garden in the Pennines, a range of voluntary work for the charity Perennial, and acting as a member of the RHS Bursaries Committee and a trustee of the Kew Guild. He also assists his local civic society with essential tasks, such as litter picking.