Top award for Fred’s golden-leaf clematis

Fred is pictured with Gloria Hunniford

Fred is pictured with Gloria Hunniford

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GARDENING expert Fred Godfrey, better known as Green-Fingered Fred, has helped win the prestigious gold award at the Chelsea Flower Show with his Clematis Celebration flower. Fred entered the newly-developed flower into the show this year to launch it into horticultural society. He received an overwhelming response to the golden-leafed plant and was presented with a gold award for the flower.

Fred and his team started developing the plant in 1993 at the Sussex Plant Centre in Hellingly. They tried different clones of plant to find which strands of DNA was the best combination.

The plant is known for its golden leaves and double flowers that bloom right through till late September. It is versatile and can climb walls and fences or can be potted.

The Chelsea Flower show allowed the plant to be put on centre stage and its success was noted from the first day, after it caught the eye of Ringo Starr and Gloria Hunniford (above).