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Sweet pea Mayflower 400 launched by Mr Fothergill’s

Sweet Pea Mayflower 400. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Sweet Pea Mayflower 400. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

Celebrating 400 years since the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to the New World

A special new and exclusive Spencer-type sweet pea was launched by Mr Fothergill’s at its press day earlier this month.

Sweet pea Mayflower 400 (RRP £2.40 for 20 seeds) celebrates the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers from Portsmouth in 1620 to the ‘New World’.

All 102 passengers, from England and Holland, established a colony in Massachusetts. Their story is one of suffering and survival in a harsh environment.

Bred by the world-renowned hybridiser Keith Hammett, it produces frilly flowers in a pastel pink flake on a cream background. It is vigorous and free-flowering, with a high scent.

For more on how to grow sweet peas, see here.

John Stirland naming Mayflower 400 at the Press Day. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
John Stirland naming Mayflower 400 at the Press Day. Picture; Mr Fothergill’s

‘Wonderful sweet pea’

Mr Fothergill’s commercial director Tim Jeffries said: “A full and exciting programme of events is being planned for 2020 to celebrate the sailing of the Mayflower.

“We are delighted to have a great relationship with breeder Keith Hammett to obtain this wonderful sweet pea Mayflower 400 and by introducing it now gardeners can celebrate with blooms in the anniversary year.”

Chief executive of Mayflower 400 Charles Hackett said: “I am delighted that the commemoration of the Mayflower’s voyage will be marked by having its own sweet pea.

“The breadth of events and activities marking this historic voyage is incredible and to have our own sweet pea flowering in the commemoration year will add another unique aspect to the year of the Mayflower 400.”

The sweet pea is available from Mr Fothergill’s retail stockists, from the company’s latest seed catalogue or online. Visit your local garden centre for the full range or head over to www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

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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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