Two weeks until the unveiling of the new HTA Nursery Supply Show 2017

With a focus on creating a VIP experience for our visitors this year, you would be foolish to miss out on visiting the HTA National Plant Show 2017, sponsored by Hortipak. We know how hard it is to visit all the stands you want at a busy exhibition, so we have worked to make a long day on your feet as pleasant as possible. Taking place on 20 and 21 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, this year is sure to be the best one yet.

We have worked closely with the venue to enhance the experience our visitors, and this year’s show will include rehydration stations around the halls offering ice cold, lemon and mint infused water, fruit stops where you can grab one of your five a day, and Food On The Go pods where you can pick up a bowl of summery soup and a fresh bread roll. These are all complimentary to our visitors to make the show even more enjoyable.

With this years partnership between the Salon du Végétal fair, HTA National Plant Show and HTA Nursery Supply Show, there will also be a much greater European audience this year, with direct and indirect flights between Nantes and Birmingham, and a welcome and lounges specially set up for foreign buyers.

Make sure you download the show app available for downloading from the app stores now (App Store for Apple devices and Google PlayStore for Android devices). Just search ‘HTA Plant Show’.

In the app you can see seminar listings which you can set reminders for so you don’t miss a session, a full exhibitor listing with contact details and links to website, with the ability to highlight any you have seen as a reminder for after the show, as well as speaker and sponsor profiles, notes capacity and much more.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks when we will be featuring other events taking place at the show. Visitors can save time on arrival to the show by registering for a visitor badge in advance, allowing them to go straight into the show.

For more information and to register in advance please visit www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

Westland winner donates part of his prize to grandchildren’s school

Westland winner Peter Knight from Taunton has donated part of his £1,000 prize to his grandchildren’s primary school to use in its garden.

Peter was one of the first to win a competition held by Westland to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its No.1 selling compost, Westland Multi-Purpose Compost with John Innes.

He bought the compost at his local garden centre, Monkton Elm in Taunton, which is where he also collected his prize. He spent the money on a few gardening supplies for his own garden, donating the rest to North Newton Community Primary School, which his grandchildren Sophie (8) and Harry (5) attend.

The school will spend the money to enhance a garden for early years’ pupils, which is used to help children connect to nature and to give an understanding as to where flowers, vegetables and fruit come from.

David said: “I always buy Westland Multi-Purpose with John Innes as it’s a good quality compost that delivers consistent results. As a gardener myself, I feel it’s really important that we teach the younger generation how to get outside and grow. My grandchildren love their school garden and so I knew this would be a worthwhile way to spend part of the prize money.

Peter with trolley

“I have given the school an Olive Tree, which is what they wanted, a pot for it, compost (Westland of course!), and some play sand. For my own garden I have bought a few plants, a selection of Westland products and some tools I always wanted, and I’ve saved some vouchers for further items throughout the year.”

Westland also donated £150 worth of Kent & Stowe hand tools for the school which will be arriving in the coming weeks.

Jen Richardson, Senior Marketing Manager for Westland said: “We ran this promotion to celebrate the success of our popular Multi with JI compost which celebrates its 15th birthday this year. It’s been a highly profitable promotion for retailers, generating a 22% increase in sales so far. We will also be using PR to generate publicity around the winners as an added benefit for retailers.”

Contact your Westland Sales Rep to order in the celebratory 50L and 60L packs. The 3 competition winners for April were:

 Peter Knight, who bought from Monkton Elm Garden Centre in Taunton

 Julie Shaw who bought from Homebase in Huntingdon

 Sue Ainsworth who bought from Sycamore Garden Centre in Ellesmere Port

SARAH RAVEN RACES AHEAD IN 4,000 METRE DASH!

Since its launch in 2012, the Sarah Raven flower collections, in partnership with Johnsons Seeds, have sold over 4,000 metres of seed, in over 700 retail outlets. Helen Clayton, Johnsons Brand Manager comments “These beautiful flower collections remain very popular with customers, showing there is still great interest in growing flowers for cutting and for attracting wildlife into gardens.”

The ‘Cut Flowers & Beautiful Gardens’ and ‘Brilliant for Bees & Butterflies’ ranges were launched following resurging interest in cut flower growing and gardening for wildlife. Whilst both collections have proved popular with retailers and customers alike, the cut flower collection has seen an increase in sales over the last couple of seasons, headed up by Ammi majus, the best-selling cut flower variety.

The collections each carry 47 choice varieties, selected by Sarah from flowers she has grown herself in her gardens at Perch Hill Farm. Each variety being a strong garden performer that can be direct sown where they are to flower, bringing high rewards with minimal maintenance.

New for the 2018 season, customers will be able to enter a competition to win a place on one of Sarah Raven’s flower gardening courses at Perch Hill Farm. Runners up will also receive a Wild Flowers book, signed by Sarah herself. Look out for the new on-stand point of sale highlighting the competition, in stores from August 2017.