North East Wales

Chelsea Flower Show: Nursery's 25th Chelsea gold medal

Begonias featured on Dibleys' Chelsea Flower Show display Image copyright Dibleys
Image caption Dibleys' 25th gold medal-winning Chelsea display featured begonias

A Denbighshire nursery has won its 25th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The family-run Dibleys Nurseries, in Llanelidan, took gold with their streptocarpus and foliage begonias.

The Chelsea milestone takes their total haul of gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to 150.

Owner Lynne Dibley said she was "relieved" to win the award for the display, which contains 250 plants and took about six months to prepare from start to finish.

The nursery was started in 1976, by Rex Dibley, as a hobby, and was originally named after the local village Efenechtyd.

The name later changed and in 1984 Mr Dibley was joined by his son Gareth, and later by Gareth's sister Lynne.

She said: "It's number 25 for us this year.

"I'm relieved, I think. I haven't really had chance to take in what we've achieved yet.

"I don't think there's many people who will have got that number of awards."

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Image caption In 2009, Dibleys won their 20th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

Planning

She added: "This year's arrangement has about 250 plants.

"It took us three or four days to set up, but it took quite a lot of time back at the nurseries.

"We started planning in the autumn, so it's about six months in total."

She said their success was down to "hard work," and experience, adding: "We have been growing these plants for some time now - the nursery has been going for nearly 40 years."

Other gold winners at this year's show include Pheasant Acre Plants in Bridgend and Roualeyn Nursery in Conwy, both in the floral marquee category. Penhow Nurseries in Caldicot took a silver award in the same category.

A garden inspired by Brecon Beacons National Park dark sky status has won a silver gilt medal.

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Image caption Dibleys' mail order sales manager Paul Johnson being interviewed

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