Raymond Evison’s first Clematis from his breeding programme will be at the forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show

Clematis ‘Tumaini’.

Reputable Clematis grower Raymond Evison from Guernsey looks forward to exhibiting again at the Chelsea Flower Show. This time, it will be to show his Clematis ‘Tumaini’, his first new variety from Evison’s  2014 breeding programme. This multi-flowering climber with rosy mauve striped flowers rises to prominence at the UK’s most prestigious gardening event, which will be held between 23-27 May 2023.

Raymond Evison’s 2023 island exhibit inside The Great Pavilion will comprise more than 2,000 mature Clematis plants in full flower, with more than 35 different varieties on display.

All the varieties on show have been bred or developed in Raymond Evison’s ultra-modern and environmentally friendly famous Guernsey Clematis Nursery.

Show visitors can wander between the different Clematis on a raised boardwalk and interact with the beautiful array of varieties at close quarters.

The highlight of the 2023 display will be the latest variety from the Guernsey-based breeding programme. Clematis ‘Tumaini’ (TM EviGsy151 PBR) is the first new variety from the 2014 breeding programme and is a multi-flowering plant with rosy mauve striped flowers. ‘Tumaini’ produces masses of flowers, making it a superb plant for growing in pots and containers or small spaces in large and small gardens.

Clematis ‘Tumaini’  has been named to recognise the outstanding charitable work undertaken in Tanzania by the Guernsey-based charity, The Tumaini Fund.

Dr Susan Wilson MBE founded the Tumaini Fund 20 years years ago. Today, with a strong team of dedicated supporters in Guernsey and abroad, the Tumaini Fund supports the order of 100,000 orphans in Kagera, NW Tanzania.

This year, some 50,000 orphans are being supported in education from nursery to university level, and five out of six Tumaini leaders in Tanzania are orphans educated to the university level. The Tumaini Fund runs ten carpentry and tailoring vocational training schools and builds houses for destitute families. The Fund has provided fresh water wells in hundreds of villages where people previously drank from infected water sources, thanks to generous donations from around the world.

Please see www.tumainifund.org.uk

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