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Chelsea Flower Show: Medwyn Williams’ new veg

Medwyn Williams growing leeks in Canna Coco
Medwyn Williams growing leeks in Canna Coco

White vegetables and Welsh heritage on top grower’s display

Champion veg grower Medwyn Williams is returning to RHS Chelsea after a nine-year absence.

Along with his trademark display of vegetables, he will be showing a giant parsnip and a tomato which is the first vegetable to be registered in Welsh.

The 11-time gold medal winner’s ethos is “if you can’t eat it, don’t show it”. He cultivates his plants using CANNA COCO nutrients and CANNA COCO Professional substrate, a sustainable growing medium made from specially processed coconut husks.

Medwyn said: “I am looking forward to returning to Chelsea, with a range of new vegetable varieties to show off to the public.

Comeback display

“My son, grandson, and I have been working hard for months to ensure that our comeback display is the best yet.”

The new parsnip, called Sabre F1 by the breeder, is claimed to be the whitest variety ever and reaches more than five feet in length.

The parsnips will be joined by watermelon radishes, with a bright white exterior and pale green flashes on the shoulder. When cut open, they have a red interior, with a slightly peppery flavour.

Medwyn will be launching the Y Ddraig Goch (or The Red Dragon) F1 hybrid tomato, the first vegetable registered with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in Welsh. Another new tomato variety with a Welsh connection will be displayed.

Tribute to best tomato grower

Medwyn added: “One of the best tomato growers over the past few decades has been Charles Maisey from Pontyclun in South Wales.

“As a tribute to his growing skills, I decided to register this new variety as Maisey. Not only is it a lovely shape, the flavour, as with the Y Ddraig Goch, is also exquisite.”

While Medwyn is famed for growing mammoth vegetables, he is also displaying miniature okra. The Baby Bubba is only half the size of regular okra plants but boasts a hefty crop of fruits.

RHS Chelsea runs from Tuesday, May 21 until Saturday, May 25. For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk.

For more information on CANNA COCO, visit www.canna-uk.com/coco.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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