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Crazy for Plants!

Chichester Festival Theatre’s forthcoming production of Crazy for You is generously co-sponsored by Architectural Plants, an award-winning specialist nursery near Pulborough in West Sussex with a reputation for designing and planting exceptional gardens with a prodigious collection of topiary, exotic and tropical specimens, screening plants and rarities.

As part of our partnership, Architectural Plants are hosting two exclusive free events on 30 July, Crazy for Plants, offering practical demonstrations and advice for the curious and like-minded, plant-crazy obsessives. You might spot the transformed Pavilion if you’re attending the show between 18 - 31 July. Book your ticket for one of the two sessions (at 1pm or 6pm) to meet owner and MD Guy Watts and his team and explore bold and exciting possibilities for transforming your garden, the Japanese art of ‘Niwaki’, and some of the science and husbandry of growing plants. You’ll be able to try your hand at stripping a palm tree with a bread knife, learn how to jazz up your shrubs or ‘teacup & saucer’ dramatic desert plants like Agaves and Dasylirions. Tap into the world of sculptural and rare plants and discover how you can unleash your garden’s potential before taking your seat for Crazy for You. Tickets are limited – we recommend that you book in advance.

Visit our corporate partnership page for more information, or please contact the Development Team on 01243 812915 or email development.team@cft.org.uk

This is the first year that Architectural Plants has supported the Theatre. Guy Watts told us: ‘There are two prominent influences. Historically, we have always had close ties with customers and friends from Chichester, and as a young lad I also helped to plant customers’ gardens during my college and university holidays. Before our move to Pulborough, we had a large nursery in Woodgate with a large number of locally grown plans. We collected acorns, seeds and cuttings donated by friends from the area and community.

‘We are proud of our relationship with the people of Chichester and local provenance of these home-grown plants which continue to feature in our nursery collection. To go further with our home-grown ambitions, we need to invest in the future. Enabling the next generation of horticulturists is an essential aspect of our company ethos. We have started a youth apprenticeship scheme, AP Homegrown, designed to promote horticulture as a vital and viable career path and to create an environment where young people can also develop essential life skills.

‘So there are clear parallels with our ambitions and the work which CFT undertakes encouraging development and learning, supporting and bettering the broader community, and environment. What I enjoy most particularly about Crazy For You are those themes of uncovering hidden talents and of galvanising the collaborative efforts of a community. We are very proud to establish this new relationship with CFT and we really hope that our displays in the grounds bring pleasure to all who visit the Theatre this July.