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Pierre Cayeux
Pierre Cayeux

This was our 10th year exhibiting our irises in the Great Pavillion at the Chelsea Flower Show! Lots of new Cayeux irises were on display at our stand this year: "Domino Noir", "Grande Coquette", "Nuit Satinée", "Pastel Printanier", "Lingot d'Or" and many others.. They were enthusiastically welcomed by the British gardening public and press; see this article in The Telegraph

We were delighted to add another Siver Gilt RHS medal to our existing previous Chelsea medals and, best of all to win 2nd place in the Plant of the Year Award with "Domino Noir" (Cayeux 2013), a stunning black and white amoena created after many years of breeding by Richard Cayeux. The first prize went to a hydrangea exhibited by a British nursery who has been at Chelsea every year for 150 years, so as a relative newcomer we feel we have done well on foreign soil!

Because of the warm Spring the irises were in full flower and looked beautiful. Many thanks to Sue Marshall of Iris of Sissinghurst for her hard work in growing them in pots for us for the Show, from rhizomes we selected and sent over from France last summer.

Stand Cayeux 2014
Stand Cayeux 2014

CHELSEA 2013: Celebrating the centenary!


Richard Cayeux & Clare Kneen (photo JL Pasquier)

Once again our exhibition of Iris was a great draw to visitors. This was our 9th year in the Great Pavilion exhibiting our irises. Chelsea Flower Show is certainly the most famous plant exhibition worldwide and over 150.000 visitors stream over 5 days to admire the achievements of horticuluralists and garden designers. We are always proud to have the chance to join them!


This year like other floral exhibitors and show garden designers we were hit by the unseasonably late spring which has affected the UK and most of Europe. Low temperatures and low light levels discouraged growth and bearded iris do not respond well to artificial heat or lighting to try to stimulate growth.

Sue Marshall of Iris of Sissinghurst was again growing our Irises for Chelsea from rhizomes sent from our nursery in August. As it was the RHS Chelsea Show centenary, we had decided to exhibit some historic Iris bred over the last hundred years as well as modern bearded Intermediate and Tall Irises. Intermediate irises flower earlier in the season and we exhibited 'Petit Tigre', 'Bold Stroke', 'Darkness' , 'Orageux', 'Red Zinger', 'Minted Gold' and 'Grindelwald', all in flower. 'Petit Tigre' was a great hit with all the visitors and rather stole the show.

The historic varieties 'Dame Blanche', 'Voûte Céleste', 'Ma Mie' and 'Azyadé' were also in flower and were the focus of much interest highlighting how Irises have evolved over the past 100 years. We also implemented the tall bearded Iris with some cut flowers brought over from the French nursery the day before Chelsea flower Show opened in order that visitors could see our stunning range of Iris. We were awarded a bronze medal !

New varieties launched at the Show were 'Tel Arlequin', 'Villa Erba', 'Saphir Jaune', 'Nelly Tardivier', 'Grand Veneur', 'Barbe Noire' and 'Domino Noir' but alas not in flower for the opening.. unfortunately.

We would like to extend our thanks to: Sue Marshall of Iris of Sissinghurst in Kent who again worked so hard to grow our iris for our Chelsea exhibit 2013. And to all our helpers: keen gardeners and British Iris Society members who again helped on the stand and always do a great job!

Domino Noir Petit Tigre Azyadé


 CHELSEA 2012: Another busy and successful show for us!


Once again our exhibit of tall bearded iris at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 was a big draw for visitors. This was our 8th year in the Great Pavilion exhibiting our irises. Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous plants exhibition in the world: 159 000 visitors stream in over 5 days to admire the achievements of horticulturalists and garden designers and we were proud to have this chance to join them again.

Visitor numbers to our stand were no doubt helped by the very interesting film the BBC made about the Cayeux nursery. This was shown on BBC television on the Monday before the show opened and you could see Richard Cayeux doing and explaining his painstaking hybridisation work in our iris fields in central France. We were delighted that the BBC took the trouble to come and film this and to show such an interesting aspect of our work with irises, and people we spoke to at Chelsea clearly shared this view.

Like other floral exhibitors and the show garden designers, we were hit by the very bad weather in the UK in April and May: the low temperatures discouraged growth, and tall bearded irises do not respond well to too much articficial heat to try and encourage flowering - they tend just to flop over. Sue Marshall of ‘Iris of Sissinghurst’ in Kent was again growing our irises for us for Chelsea, from rhizomes sent over from our French nursery last summer. It was a bit of a struggle this year because of the bad weather, but she nonetheless produced plenty of beautiful, upright, healthy specimens to put on show and we were awarded a Silver Medal, so many thanks to her for her hard work. 

We displayed several of our new  2012 irises, but also some new varieties for 2013 which haven't even been named yet and which attracted geat interest. Richard Cayeux, a passionate and highly skilled hybridiser, takes between 7 and 20 years to create each new hybrid -  and it gives him enormous pleasure to share this knoweldge and the results with the Chelsea visitors. 


We would like to thank:

  • Sue Marshall of ‘Iris of Sissinghurst’ in Kent, who again worked so hard to grow our irises for our Chelsea exhibit 2012.
  • All our helpers: keen gardeners and British Iris Society members, who again  helped on the stand and always do a great job.


2012 Cayeux varieties shown at Chelsea (below, left to right) Aigue Marine, Dietmar Brixy,  Piste Noire, Poilly s'éveille, Quelle Classe