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Harkstead gardener and Sow Successful owner Chris Wiley left speechless after his flowers are presented to the Queen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show



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A Suffolk gardener has said 'he can't put it into words' after a posy of his flowers were handed to the Queen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Queen was in attendance at the world renowned garden show in London, and was presented with a posy of a Sweet Pea grown by Chris Wiley.

Chris has run Sow Beautiful, in Harkstead, since February 2020 and grew the variety last year.

Chris Wiley at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, alongisde TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. Picture: Chris Wiley
Chris Wiley at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, alongisde TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. Picture: Chris Wiley

The 27-year-old named it after famous television presenter Peter Seabrook - who died earlier this year - after he helped Chris establish his business.

"I can't even put it into words. It's one of those things which you don't expect is ever going to happen to you," said Chris.

"The intention was for everyone to try and contact the Palace and see if she was going to come over. It was only an hour before she was due that she was going to make her mind up."

It followed a lengthy tradition at the show, which takes place at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, where Mr Seabrook would present a posy to the Queen every year.

The 86-year-old was well-known in the industry, presenting TV shows in both the UK and America. He was also the gardening editor of The Sun newspaper.

Peter, who was born in Essex, told Chris to collect the seed on a visit last year.

He added: "Last year I grew sweet peas of many different varieties but on a massive commercial scale.

"This one appeared, isn't a named variety it's completely unique with lilac coloured flowers that fade to light blue and is highly scented.

"Peter saw this with his own eyes last year and told me to select it out and collect the seed. Obviously I thought it was only fitting that I named it after him.

"We wanted to at least say 'thank you' from me, from Peter, from everyone."