A TIPTREE garden centre has seen its floral creations take centre stage at a world famous flower show.

Perrywood garden centre has featured at Chelsea Flower Show this year with a design made in tribute to a legend of the gardening world.

Peter Seabrook was an influential Essex gardening writer and presenter who died, aged 86, in January.

The garden centre designed hanging baskets, which had geranium, fuchsia, brachyscome and variegated plectranthus, in memory of Mr Seabrook.

Alan Bourne, Perrywood owner and plant buyer, said: “We have been growing basket plants and designing beautiful hanging baskets for nearly 50 years, so it’s great to see some at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“Peter lived locally and always championed Essex nurseries and garden centres, so he would have approved.”

Perrywood Tiptree began in the 1950s and was taken over by Alan, the original owner's son, in 1984.

It is now run by Alan with wife Farin and their three children - Hannah, Simon and Tristan.

Mr Seabrook was from Essex and lived in Chelmsford, managing the Floral Fantasia at Hyde Hall.

Perrywood garden centre has donated £1,000 in memory of Peter to Floral Fantasia so it can continue to display new plants to the public.

With the donation from the Tiptree garden centre, British and international seed companies can continue joining together to grow more new plants.

The Floral Fantasia garden is a selection of flowers that have been grown by selective breeding to inspire visitors at Hyde Hall in Chelmsford.

Mr Seabrook’s apprentice, Molli, and her mum, Val Christman, who helps put the Chelsea gardens together are pictured with Neil Gow from the Floral Fantasia committee and English gardener, presenter and novelist Alan Titchmarsh.

The Chelsea Flower Show took place for the first time in two years after being held virtually because of the Covid pandemic.