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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 16:30
A display of vivid red-hot pokers grown at the Eden Project has won a bronze medal at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival today (Tuesday July 2).
The striking blooms are adding a blaze of colour to the National Collection marquee at the world’s largest annual flower show, which runs until July 7.
The red-hot pokers – whose scientific name is Kniphofia – were grown at the Eden Project nursery for the show and are set in 18 colourful pots.
Kniphofia are exotic, bee-friendly flowers which come in a variety of colours, from flame red to pale yellow and green, and can reach well over a metre tall.
Eden’s Hampton Court display is a great showcase for a steep hillside emblazoned with many varieties of the flowers, currently thrilling visitors at the global garden.
Around 2,000 of the plants, whose origins are in Africa, were planted at Eden in 2016.
The project has since been awarded National Plant Collection status by the conservation charity Plant Heritage for its collection of Kniphofia cultivars (plant varieties created through breeding) and Kniphofia species (those found in the wild).
This was the first time that Eden had been given this coveted status for a plant collection.
The collection at Eden has been established by the outdoor gardening team led by Julie Kendall.  Julie (pictured) has also prepared the Hampton Court display.
Paul Stone, Eden’s head of horticulture, said today: “We’re thrilled that our great display of red-hot pokers devised by Julie and her team has won a bronze at  Hampton Court.  Thousands of visitors to the show will be able to see a selection of the wonderful collection we have at Eden, which reaches its full glory in summer.” 
Eden was recently part of a major success story at the RHS Chelsea Flower show where the CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) garden won a prestigious gold medal.
The garden, designed by Jilayne Rickards with plants grown at the Eden nursery, shone a spotlight on climate-smart, sustainable agriculture led by female farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
The charity CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) supports the most excluded girls and young women to go to school, succeed, and then become leaders in their communities.
Later this year the CAMFED garden is due to be installed in the Mediterranean Biome at Eden so it can be enjoyed by the project’s one million-plus annual visitors.