Record-breaking veg grower scoops twelfth gold

Record-breaking veg grower scoops twelfth gold on Chelsea return

29 May, 2019
Champion vegetable grower Medwyn Williams has struck gold once again at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with his pristine display.

Medwyn was absent from the world-renowned show for the last nine years, having already won 11 consecutive golds. His twelfth gold is an achievement that has never been realised with vegetables before. In the eight months leading up to the show, Medwyn has been working with sponsors CANNA, producer of nutrients and growing mediums for the cultivation of plants, to develop the biggest and best vegetables possible.

Record-breaking veg grower scoops twelfth gold on Chelsea return

The winning stand flies the Welsh flag with pride by not only displaying the ubiquitous giant leeks but by introducing the brand new ‘Y Ddraig Goch’ (or The Red Dragon) F1 hybrid tomato. This is the first vegetable to have ever been registered with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in the Welsh language.

A Welsh dragon was carved from vegetables in honour of the Y Ddraig Goch launch, drawing attention from journalists and VIP guests such as Clare Balding and David Seaman at the private viewing on Monday 20 May.

Medwyn said: “Chelsea is horticultural Olympic Games, so to achieve a gold medal upon my return means a lot to me and makes the months of hard work worth it.”

Other highlights on the stand included another new tomato variety with a Welsh connection, the ‘Maisey’ which is named after tomato grower Charles Maisey and a miniature okra. The Baby Bubba is only half the size of regular okra plants but boasts a hefty crop of fruit.

A more in depth story with both Medwyn Williams and the CANNA team to follow.