Unique white vegetables and a celebration of Welsh heritage will take centre stage on Medwyn’s return to Chelsea.
ONE OF the UK’s most renowned vegetable growers, and RHS Chelsea Flower Show veteran, Medwyn Williams is set to return this year with previously unseen varieties interspersed within his trademark pristine display of vegetables, including a yet to be named giant parsnip and a tomato which is the first vegetable to ever be registered in the Welsh language.
After a nine year absence, the 11 time Gold winner will be creating his typically impressive display of high quality, beautiful vegetables which reflect his ethos of; “if you can’t eat it, don’t show it” by cultivating his plants to not only look fabulous but taste great using CANNA COCO nutrients and CANNA COCO Professional substrate, a sustainable growing medium benefitting 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. My son, grandson, and I have been working hard for months to ensure that our comeback display is the best yet.”
The yet to be named parsnip is claimed to be the whitest variety ever grown, as well as reaching over five feet in length. The parsnips will be joined by watermelon radishes, with their bright white exterior and pale green flashes on the shoulder. When cut open, they have a beautiful red interior similar to a watermelon, but with the slightly peppery flavour of a radish.
Medwyn will also be flying the Welsh flag with pride by not only displaying the ubiquitous giant leeks, but by launching the ‘Y Ddraig Goch’ (or The Red Dragon) F1 hybrid tomato. This is the first vegetable to have ever been registered with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in the Welsh language. Another new tomato variety with a Welsh connection will also be displayed.
Medwyn, added: “One of the best tomato growers over the past few decades has been Charles Maisey for 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.”
Whilst Medwyn is famed for growing larger than average size vegetables, this year he is also displaying a miniature okra. The Baby Bubba is only half the size of regular okra plants, but boasts a hefty crop of fruits.
Visit Medwyn on stand GPE223 at 12:10pm on Monday 20 May (Press Day) for a photo call opportunity, or at any time over the course of the show to view his outstanding display of vegetables and to find out more about how he has grown them using the CANNA COCO Professional product range. Representatives from CANNA will be joining Medwyn on the stand to provide “the solution for growth and bloom” with information about their unique range of scientifically researched and developed growing mediums and nutrients.