Sidlesham couple grow apple mint for Olympics

C120987-2 Chi Foliage  phot kate    Games Green....  Chris Wade with his apple mint which he has grown for the Olympic posies.C120987-2
C120987-2 Chi Foliage phot kate Games Green.... Chris Wade with his apple mint which he has grown for the Olympic posies.C120987-2

Chris and Ann Wade couldn’t be-leaf their luck when they were asked to grow apple mint plants for this year’s Olympics.

The pair, from Sidlesham, have played their part in Olympic history by growing 50,000 apple mint stems which form part of pretty victory bouquets.

They will watch on proudly as winning athletes at the Games are handed a bouquet containing their precious apple mint foliage. The apple mint has been grown at Lynette Nursery in Sidlesham.

“We have never done anything like this before,” said Mr Wade. “We had been biting our nails, but they turned out fine in the end.

“The apple mint grows three or four inches a week and we had to keep it within the limits of what the Olympics wanted.”

Mr and Mrs Wade, who own three nurseries on the Manhood Peninsula, were asked two months ago to grow the apple mint for both the Olympics and Paralympics. It took a total of five weeks to grow all the plants for the Games.

The apple mint is forming part of a unique bunch of foliage for the Olympic trophies. They are divided into quadrants, each with a yellow, orange, green and pink rose to match the colours of the London 2012 logo. English lavender, rosemary, wheat and apple mint form the rest of the bunches.

Mr Wade has been growing plants sine 1967. His nurseries are used for plant propagation for other growers and for supermarkets.

The Victory Bouquets for medal winners have been designed by Jane Packer.

A total of 4,800 floral bouquets will be presented to athletes along with medals during the victory ceremonies.

The flowers and herbs in the bouquet are British-grown and are made with the help of floristry students across the country.