On August 10 2016, Chelsea Pensioners visited Mr Fothergill’s Suffolk trial ground to officially name a blend of sweet peas. Scarlet Tunic’s shades of red were inspired by the pensioners’ distinctive apparel.
Mr Fothergill’s will donate 25p from the sale of each packet of Scarlet Tunic to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It will be available from autumn 2016, with counter top displays for garden centres.
Representatives from the charity Greenfingers were also present to name their own sweet pea. 25p from the sale of each packet of seeds will be donated to the organisation. To date, Greenfingers has created over 50 gardens and outdoor spaces for children’s hospices.
Head of funding for Greenfingers, Linda Petrons, said: “We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mr Fothergill’s for this thoughtful gesture, which we hope will not only make people more aware of the work we do, but will also raise vital funds to help us continue creating magical and inspiring gardens for children who spend time in hospices right across the UK”.