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Guernsey grower Raymond Evison wins more gold
Raymond Evison's stand at Chelsea 2010
Raymond's clematis have won eight gold medals in eight years

Guernsey clematis grower Raymond Evison had been exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show for 50 years in 2010 and won his eighth successive gold medal.

Despite having won more than 20 in total Raymond said it was "a great thrill" to win another gold medal.

Preparing the stand is a long process that at the show itself takes several days but growing the plants begins almost a year earlier.

Raymond said that in the past 50 years he had entered the show 40 times.

He put down the continuing success of his flowers and exhibits to the fact they are always trying to improve what they do: "With the nursery, with the breeding and development we're always trying to improve our exhibition so every year is a challenge and we make it that way."

The preparations for Raymond's exhibit at Chelsea start the summer before the show as the Clematis plants are planted and left to grow until they are put in cold storage in the new year.

From there they are removed in the weeks leading up to the show and left to mature in a controlled environment so they flower at the right time.

Raymond said that despite the technology they use it is "years and years of experience" that really help to get the timing right.

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