Matthew Soper, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants

Aug 02, 2017, 09:50 AM, Cheshire East, England

Peter Donegan chats with Matthew Soper of Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.

A first for The Sodshow, but no ordinary first Matthew and his team have been awarded in excess of one hundred RHS gold medals including 19 consecutive Chelsea Gold medals. Take a breath and get ready for the next bit. They have also won The Witan and Anthony Huxley Awards (1998); since 2000 they have won 'Best in Show' awards at Gardening Scotland, Malvern Autumn, BBC Gardeners world live, RHS Tatton Park and the National Amateur Gardening Shows; The Tudor Rose Award (2004, 2010 and 2011) at Hampton Court Palace flower show.

But that's not the full story. Matthew was originally a builder. He is now a carnivorous plant breeder. Introduced to me by (former guest of The Sodshow) Rob Hardy at RHS Tatton, we go all the way back to when he was but a nipper, how the hobby became the career, his top 5 plants and why and in true Peter style, we go entirely off the point and hopefully come full circle.

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