HASLAND: Bonsais get silver at Chelsea

Derbyshire Bonsai got gold award at the Chelsea Flower show. Dave Nicholson

Derbyshire Bonsai got gold award at the Chelsea Flower show. Dave Nicholson

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A Chesterfield-based Bonsai nursery has struck silver at one of the biggest events in the horticulture calendar.

Derbyshire Bonsai were awarded silver-gilt flora – the second highest plaudit –in the Flora Marquee category at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, held from May 21 - 25.

Dave Nicholson and Steve Peach, who own the nursery, on Mansfield Road, Hasland, regularly exhibit their range of the Japanese plants at shows up and down the country.

Derbyshire Bonsai – who won gold at Chelsea in 2010 and 2011 – sell bonsais costing anything from pounds to thousands of pounds for some of the oldest and most sought-after plants.

The Royal Horticultural Society celebrated 100 years of the Chelsea Flower show this year. This year’s show featured over 500 exhibitors from all around the world, including 15 show gardens, eight artisan gardens and 11 fresh Gardens. There were 150 exhibits in the Great Pavilion, predominantly from nurseries and florists, and almost 250 trade stands across the site.