Hopes for 25th Gold at Chelsea

Linda Goodey: SG170511-149NG
Linda Goodey: SG170511-149NG
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Exhibiting at Chelsea will hold particular significance for Linda and Bryan Goodey this year.

It will be the 25th show for the couple who run Southfields Nurseries at Morton, known as Cactusland, and the biggest cactus nursery in the country.

It is also the 100th Chelsea Flower Show.

Linda said: “We don’t shout about it, but at the last 24 Chelseas we’ve won a Gold Medal, so it would be nice to win our 25th this year.”

The couple have over 800 varieties at their nursery, including 200 they have bred themselves.

The cacti are protected from frost during the winter months by gas heating which is kept at six degrees centigrade. They are not watered during this time when they are semi-dormant.

Going to Chelsea involves weeks of work for the Goodeys, but they are hoping this year they will be able to sell some of their home-grown varieties during the show, and not just on the final day.

Let’s hope they are also rewarded with a 25th Gold.