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UK: Hydrangeas in the spotlight at Chelsea Flower ShowEvery year, during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Neill Strain focuses on a single flower type and creates an exceptional showcase at his Belgravia boutique for all to enjoy. This year, it is the Hydrangea that takes centre stage. Neill will host HELLO HYDRANGEA! - a definitive look at the new star of the flower world with an impressive display of rare and new varieties of Hydrangeas, in collaboration with Chelsea Fringe. In a May blog post he shares his research and sourcing in Holland for the fabulous blooms.
Hydrangeas growing at Sonneveld's glasshouses in Holland
This year, Neill Strain Floral Couture decided to showcase Hydrangeas for the annual Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea Fringe collaboration. They use Hydrangeas extensively at the boutique as well as for their wedding and event work. But in the floral industry they are a new flower. Only 15 years ago Hydrangeas were not sold as a cut flower in the Dutch flower market and yet today they have become one of Holland's most important flowers for production and export.
In only 15 years, cut Hydrangea growers in Holland have risen from almost none to 100 with about 175 hectares now dedicated to Hydrangeas. In comparison, during the past 5 years, the number of Rose growers has dropped from 1,800 to 300 - mainly due to competition from Africa and South America.
Read more and check the photos at Neill's Flower Blog
Publication date: 5/12/2017
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