Welcome to Craig House Cacti
We had an extremely interesting year in 2015. We continued to impress the judges with our displays such that our tally of consecutive golds has now reached an impressive 94. Our record at RHS Chelsea has risen to seven golds, which was fortunate as we had plenty of publicity before the show opened with us being featured on the Chelsea preview programme. Plenty of happy cacti sitting on windowsills after we showed how to water them properly. Our colourful cactus shirts were introduced by Joe Swift and this caused another stir. We are now asked to wear them when we give talks and demonstrations. We did quite a few radio interviews and even one for German television. A lady said we went down well in Australia as the Chelsea programmes are shown 'down under'.
Astonishingly, we were asked to take a walk through some of the show gardens, meet the designers and comment on their gardens. This was a completely different experience for us and the atmosphere inside was very tranquil compared to being on the outside looking in! This was shown on the Friday night broadcast. Vicki's favourite, Chris Beardshaw, also made an appearance with us which really made her Chelsea!!! It must be said that our appearances must have been memorable as we are still being recognised in 2016! Visitors to the stand increased and interest has developed. We not only hope to be introducing new plants for you to view and buy, but also show the old favourites growing larger and better. Hopefully I will still be able to lift them!
As we like most things prickly, we had our collecting box for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on the stand at shows and you, our customers, and other people just passing, were very generous as we presented the Society with a cheque for £400 at the Hedgehog day meeting in November 2015.
Thank you to everyone who visited us last year and there will be a warm welcome in the coming season. We enclose a care leaflet with your plants to encourage you to get the best from them and if it is nourishment they need there is our own cactus and succulent feed available at the shows or online.
This year will be the introduction of a new website www.cactuscouple.co.uk which is compatible with all smartphones so that is another new and exciting venture for Craig House Cacti.
See you soon! Stan & Vicki
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