Mornflake, the Cheshire based oat milling company that includes the HJ Lea Oakes merchanting business, received a silver gilt medal for its exhibit at the annual Chelsea Flower Show, held this week in London.
Its joint display with the Cholmondeley family recreated Cholmondeley Castle's iconic Temple Garden, led by the castle’s head gardener Barry Grain. The Cholmondeley family has resided in Cheshire since Norman times, while Mornflake is now managed by the 15th generation of the Lea family.
"We were delighted to work with Cholmondeley Estate on this unique floral exhibit at RHS Chelsea,” says John Lea, managing director of Mornflake. "After 15 family generations of milling oats grown from British soil, we are proud to celebrate our mutual passion for the land that surrounds and unites our two families with what is sure to be one of the finest gardens that Chelsea will ever see".
Capel Manor, the Enfield horticultural college, used its stand at Chelsea to mark the United Nations International Year of the Pulse.
The bronze medal-winning display, featuring a giant bean stalk, was designed to raise awareness of the economic, social and nutritional benefits of growing and consuming pulses. It had advice on growing and cooking a wide variety of unusual beans.