Specimen Plants for Shows, Exhibitions, Parties
Designers, Exhibitors and Floral Decorators
Robert Mattock Roses are leaders in producing large specimen
rose trees for shows, exhibitions, parties, weddings, film and TV. Our
plants are selected by the leading designers of the day for use for example
at Chelsea Flower Show or for planting gardens to achieve immediate effect.
Our plants are grown on in pots for three, four or five
years. Consequently our exhibition plants are a true representation of the
shape and size of the mature or semi mature variety that you might expect
to see growing outside in gardens rather than the one year old plants seen
for sale on traditional nurseries and garden centres.
For those unfamiliar with our product, the lack of
uniformity in the growth across and within a range of our plants must be
borne in mind when designing ‘show gardens’. The designer needs
to be particularly aware of the differences in shape and size of individual
Species roses for example are often enormous plants bearing
few flowers and are often judged as the flowers go over to form hips.
The gallicas, bourbons and damasks and many of David
Austin’s varieties tend to bear huge fragrant flowers on long lax
growth. In contrast, the Hybrid Perpetuals and Teas are strong stocky
upright growers. The chinensis varieties and bushy delicate plants and so
Those ordering plants unseen, and there has been a recent
trend towards this, by colour or by type alone often find their aspirations
disappointed, if not demolished. Designing by numbers using books for
reference does not in our experience work. The designer needs to see the
plant growing in situ and nothing beats a visit to our nursery.
In respect of Chelsea Flower Show those designers with a
track record of winning Golds and Best of Show will typically approach us
during the June or July of the year before the Show in which they intend to
They will show Robert Mattock their intended design and
explain the colour shape and form they require for that design. Robert
Mattock has himself been arranging plants in gardens at Chelsea since the
early 1970’s and is likely to have some experience of what the
designer has in mind. Client confidentiality is upheld as a matter of
course and is of the utmost importance; details of plans are never released
to others. During the summer extra large plants may be selected and
reserved, or alternatively varieties and/or plants will be specified and grown
on specifically for the individual client.
Anyone wishing to order specimens for Shows after the
beginning of December is asked to select plants on our nursery on a cash
and carry basis simply because we cannot guarantee to produce any
particular size or shape after that date.
In respect of ‘Show Roses’ to be used for late
season Shows, Parties and Weddings and Events, and that includes Hampton
Court Flower Show and Tatton Park, we can only offer a service where
designers pick out what they require on the nursery immediately before the
event. We do of course offer a delivery service.
Please visit the nursery early and discuss your requirements
if embarking on a “Show Garden”
Our plants are not meant to be nor are they uniform in
colour, size or shape.
Varieties differ enormously from one another.