Vegetable star of 2020 announced at Mr Fothergill’s open day
Next year has been designated Year of the Cucumber by Fleuroselect, with varieties that are easy to grow for home gardeners.
Far from the long, plain green tricky exhibition varieties of old, cucumber now come in an array of shapes, sizes and colours, which means gardeners of any ability can give them a go.
Fleuroselect is a group of horticultural industry experts which judge new varieties and strives to protect and promote them. Each year, a flower (See Year of the Rudbeckia here) and a vegetable are chosen.
Secretary-general Sally van der Horst spoke about Fleuroselect at Mr Fothergill’s open day in August at their Kentford trial grounds.
Trialled to be winners
Varieties are assessed in European trials which could then become Fleuroselect Gold Medal and FleuroStar winners.
She said: “Our Home Garden group has not sat still. Just over 10 years ago, we got together to look at how we could talk to each other and better share ideas on a Pan-European scale.
“Mr Fothergill’s has been on the organising committee for that from the start, now through our great friend and supporter, commercial director, Tim Jeffries.”
The Home Garden Group developed a Plant of the Year campaign to promote one crop each year in both flowers and vegetables that is suitable for hobby gardeners, starting first with the sunflower, which was supported by a spectacular display at RHS Wisley of more than 180 varieties.
2019 is the year of the Nasturtium and the Carrot and Mr Fothergill’s has Nasturtium trials at RHS Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall as well as the Jardins des Plantes in Paris, Ega Park in Erfurt, Teagasc, Ashtown Food Research Centre in Dublin and the spectacular Blumeninsel Mainau on Lake Constance.
Sally added: “We use children in the photography as we have high hopes that it will encourage them to develop and maintain pleasure in gardening. You can’t start young enough.”