The hidden Birmingham nursery that always wins at the Chelsea Flower Show

This is the nursery that always seems to win at the Chelsea Flower Show. In fact, this year’s exhibition won Birmingham City Council its tenth consecutive Gold Medal at the prestigious show.

And the good news is that the spectacular exhibition will be reproduced in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral between July and September so that everyone can go and see it. The entrance is particularly special as it celebrates Birmingham as the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the official games logo at its centerpiece.

The city’s iconic landmarks are made of more than 3,000 flowers, willows, steel and wood. The rotunda forms part of the city’s skyline, with Perry, the Birmingham 2022 mascot, at the top.

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It includes the Alexander Stadium, the Jewelery Quarter, the University of Birmingham’s ‘Old Joe’ Clock Tower, Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham Town Hall and the canals.



Flowers at Cofton Nursery in Rednal, Birmingham

Where is the nursery that wins the Chelsea Flower Show?

This year’s impressive display was created by Cofton Nursery, a little-known nursery and run by Rednal Birmingham Council. Based on Lickey Road, it is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 3.30pm and Friday from 9am to 2.30pm for the sale of nursery stock.

The nursery grows bedding plants for Birmingham City Council parks, city center hanging baskets and displays, traffic islands and flower beds alongside its two sister nurseries in Kings Heath and Coleshill. The nursery is also open to the public so you can pick up bedding plants and beautiful flowers.

There are also seasonal items on sale, such as Christmas trees and decorations in December, Halloween items and pumpkins in October, and lots of bulbs in the spring. It’s also a good place to go for expert gardening advice.

What is the presentation of the Chelsea Flower Show?

Edgbaston Stadium is visible with a giant cricket bat, ball and stumps as it will be the venue for the Women’s T20 Cricket Tournament. And the University of Birmingham clock tower, ‘Old Joe’, with two willow hockey players in front to represent hockey and squash taking place at the university during games.



Flowers at Cofton Nursery in Rednal, Birmingham
Flowers at Cofton Nursery in Rednal, Birmingham

Utilita Arena Birmingham and a gymnast are also present as the venue hosts rhythmic and artistic gymnastics. Boxing is represented by a set of giant boxing gloves and a punching bag to show boxing will be staged at the NEC.

Athletics will take place at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium and is represented on screen by the long jump with a jumping figure, made of steel and wood. Birmingham Town Hall is also featured as it is the home of the marathon finish during the games.

There’s also the Jewelery Quarter, where craftsmen helped craft the Queen’s Baton Relay, currently traveling across the Commonwealth before returning to Birmingham for the Opening Ceremony of the Games. And the Jewelery Quarter clock frames a creative interpretation of the event medals.

It also includes a flume, filled with water and featuring a diving board, as a nod to the new Sandwell Aquatic Center which was developed ahead of the games and will later be a community recreation facility.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Congratulations to all of our Parks and Nurseries team – they have done a fantastic job promoting the city and our status as a proud host city of the Commonwealth Games. with their bold and brilliant entry.

“The Chelsea Flower Show is a prestigious platform to promote the biggest event Birmingham has ever staged, and in winning this gold medal we get a taste of the spirit of friendly competition that is going on. will settle in our city.

“This incredible flower display perfectly combines some of our most iconic landmarks and the various sports that will be played at venues across Birmingham and the West Midlands in what will be an unforgettable summer.”

Some 6,500 athletes and officials from 72 nations and territories are expected to come to Birmingham for the Games, which take place from July 28 to August 8. Team England athletes Tonia Couch and Tom Bosworth came to view the display at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Diver Tonia Couch said: “It’s so beautiful. I love the amount of color, it’s so eye-catching and meaningful because there are so many different sports involved in the Commonwealth Games. My favorite part of the display has to be the diving! The diving board with the water coming out is absolutely stunning.

Walker Tom Bosworth added: “It’s absolutely amazing. Knowing all about it and seeing all the little clues about the different sports is just amazing and knowing that it has 3,000 flowers in it is just remarkable. It’s all great, I’ve always wanted to come to the Chelsea Flower Show.

John Crabtree, Birmingham 2022 Chairman, said: “Birmingham City Council’s talented team have created a beautiful floral display to represent the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and I would like to congratulate them on their success. We look forward to seeing this gold medal winning exhibit recreated in Birmingham city center during the Games and I’m sure it will be hugely popular with residents and visitors alike.

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