Create Your True Garden
Award-winning Holden Clough is all set for its biggest display yet at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
With a heritage that dates back to 1927, Holden Clough Nursery continues to naturally evolve in the 21st century. Today owner John Foley is progressing the prestigious legacy left behind by original founder Richard Milne-Redhead. Having won nine consecutive Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medals since 2013, Holden Clough has been named as RHS Master Grower 2023 – an unrivalled accolade that puts the nursery at the pinnacle of UK growers.
“It is a very proud moment for us – it is a great accreditation,” says John, who runs the nursery with wife Kate. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but it is an absolute privilege to be named as Master Grower.”
As a result of the RHS Master Grower accolade, Holden Clough’s positioning will be elevated to star status at the next Tatton Park Flower Show in July when the team will take centre stage in the main marquee with a hefty 225 square metre space. Visitors will be taken on a journey through Holden Clough’s True Garden – a stunning step-by-step experience showing how home gardeners can create a beautiful garden from start to finish, by measured consideration of layout and careful choice of hardy plants that will provide seasonal interest all year round.
“Whether it’s a cottage, shady, white or wildlife garden, the choice of plants needs to add character, shape and texture. If the approach is haphazard, it will never work,” explains John.
“If you follow our True Garden journey, you will have a garden for life. We will show you how to transform your space by choosing the right plants, the correct positioning and how to plant them.
“It is our biggest space to date at Tatton and we are very excited about it.”
Back at Holden Clough and the growers are keeping a close eye on the thousands of plants that will feature in the live True Garden display. And, mirroring this physical journey at Tatton, is a soon-to-be launched new, online, virtual True Garden experience that enables visitors to key in details of their garden space, soil type and preferences, and get online recommendations for plans, plants, positioning and planting: “We want online visitors to understand the journey and what the basis is for a True Garden,” says John.
“It is all about experience and knowledge using the Holden Clough formula. It’s not about planting for tomorrow, it’s about planting for forever.”
Holden Clough Nurseries
Holden, Bolton-by-Bowland, Clitheroe BB7 4PF
Open 7 days a week 9am till 5pm
Chosen to be the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Master Grower’ at the Tatton Park Flower Show 2023