This week Colin talks to Chris Wiley, founder of Sow Successful Ltd, whose Harkstead horticultural business has gone from strength to strength since he launched it in 2020.

Having always nurtured a keen interest in plants, Chris previously worked for a large horticultural firm, where he ran plant research and development tests as part of an in-house breeding programme. Supported by the Prince’s Trust and mentored by none-other than Peter Seabrook, Chris tells Colin how Sow Successful really took off when he discovered and cultivated a completely unique sweet pea, which he later named after his mentor in a fitting tribute for the support he’d received over the years.

The unusual colour and exceptional scent of the flower gained royal approval, when a bouquet was presented to the Queen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this summer. Chris then went on to win the Best New Plant Award at BBC Gardener’s World Live!

At just 27 years old, Chris’s success will surely be an inspiration to any budding horticulturalists that are passionate about a career in the great outdoors.

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