Competition for the best sweet pea

Calling all amateur sweet-pea growers: seed supplier Mr Fothergill’s is running its national sweet-pea growing competition for the second year and first prize in each category is £500.

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Judging takes place on July 5, 2014, at Capel Manor College in North London, and entrants may post their blooms in soft-drink bottles or turn up in person. ‘Autumn is an ideal time to sow sweet-pea seeds,’ says managing director John Fothergill, who hopes that entries will include the company’s new strain, Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil, named after the late racehorse trainer.

For a copy of Mr Fothergill’s 2014 catalogue, telephone 0845 371 0518 or visit

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