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Medwyn Williams

Hello. I'm Medwyn Williams – eleven times Gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, Past Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society Fruit Vegetable and Herb Committee and President of the National Vegetable Society.



We managed to do the business once again at this show winning another Gold as well as the reserve Best Exhibit in the Show. The New Parsnips were brilliant and when we removed them from the box they had retained their lovely white colour. When I showed them to Roy Tudor who is acknowledged as possibly one of the top NVS judges, he immediately said ‘give it the Welsh name ‘Gwyneira’ – translated this means ‘White as snow’  However it’s very unlikely to happen as the breeder is in the process of registering the name.

Aubergine Scorpio Grafted Tatton 2014 Centre of display Tatton 2014 (4) Full width of Tatton 2014 New unamed parsnip Tatton 2014 RH side Tatton Display 2014 Salanova Lettuce Tatton 2014 (3) Stand from RH side Tatton 2014


Growing Parsnips

25th July 2007 I am often asked what is the best method of growing both long carrots and parsnips for the show

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  1. Well done Medwyn. Stand looks fantastic 🙂

  2. What does ‘reserve’ best in show actually mean Medwyn? Is that just in case the winners fail a late drugs test?

    Stand looks fantastic as always. Very interested in those new parsnips. Dave Thornton said they looked superb so they must have been good to extract praise from his lips! ‘Snowdon’ would be a good name!

    1. Very happy that David Thornton has given his stamp of approval to the parsnips, it really seems to be a good one. Regarding the name, it can’t be Snowdon as it’s already the name of a leek in my Catalogue bred by Dr Peter Dawson. Trust the veggies are growing well and your keeping up with all the watering. Hoping to have three for the Welsh and Three for the National from the thirteen that’s left. However there will be over six weeks since I pulled for Tatton so they could be big and rough or they might be the best ever, who knows.

  3. 5 for the National Medwyn!

  4. That is the best parsnip I’ve seen in my life makes me want to grow them again

  5. well done on your display at tatton park show breath taking
    have not shown in competition for 20 years but came back with avengance this year thanks to your seeds 3 cups 1 special prize 8 firsts 8 seconds 10 thirds at fishguard agricultural show .
    all grown out doors have still to lift trial parsnips you sent 1 local show to go Saturday will be ordering from you again in next few months hope to try Haverfordwest county show next year I also used to by my seeds from you 20 years ago your standard just gets better
    all the best for the rest of the shows

  6. See you at Wrexham Medwyn 🙂

    1. Look forward to meeting up with you once again. I have entered three parsnips and three long carrots, however I’m not over optimistic as they were timed for the Tatton Show so they are now getting on for 6 weeks older. Time will tell Marcus!

  7. I’m hoping to put a collection up Medwyn and some other classes too. Really looking forward to it, never done the Welsh Champs before.

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