Raring To Go To Four Oaks Trade Show

HawksmillThe Hawkesmill team will be showcasing at the Four Oaks Trade Show on Sep 6th & 7th on stand B19 & 20, where they will be displaying some fantastic new products for 2017.

The family run business, who celebrate 40 years this year of growing and supplying plants to garden centres and nurseries. Will have a whole host of collections and promotions at Four Oaks, available in their 2017 catalogue and also for forward orders for spring delivery.  Here you will be able to see examples of all the seasonal collections and British grown perennials that Hawkesmill Nurseries pride themselves on.   All plants will be available to order for immediate delivery or as advance orders, enabling you to reserve stock for the weeks ahead or indeed the spring of 2017 thus making sure you don’t miss out on any super opportunities.

hawksmill display“We love to attend Four Oaks and this year we have some really exciting new innovations and products on display”. says Richard Evans Sales Director, Richard continues   “This show has been growing continuously over the years and is now seen as a top industry event.  We look forward to showcasing our 2017 catalogue from which our new collections are available and to meeting our customers, new and old”.

Four Oaks heralds better times

Four OaksFour Oaks first day was the best attended for years. The weather that sometimes causes uncomfortable conditions, too hot in glasshouses or rain on the field car parking was absent- Was just ideal. The crowds flocked in from early on, there was a buzz – always an indication of potential business soon enveloping across the place. Wednesday is the only remaining opportunity to see developments. Plenty of INTERNET coverage though. But this years show, indicates the industry is on the up, with many professionals feeling at long last better times are indicated. Congratulations must go to Pat & the Four Oaks team for this magical get together.

It must be gaining attention when ‘TV’ Eddie Stobbart Biomass operation trundles in. A pity we did not see one of their monster BIOMASS units. At least in the yard – the car park ground would probably be a bit over loaded. One does wish, some new entrants into this business would do more research into their offer. Before throwing mega bucks at a product and marketing. Too often these ‘inventors’ sadly loose the plot. Basically, irrespective of whether the product fulfills a potential need – What is the customer prepared to pay for this service or application?

Contribution with grateful thanks to Stan Clare

John Woods Nurseries launch new range

John Woods Nurseries, the Suffolk-based specialist plants supplier, launched six new plants to the trade at this year’s Four Oaks Trade Show in Macclesfield.

The County of Staffordshire, Joie de Vivre and Pomponella roses were warmly received at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July this year. For the other three new additions, Hydrangea Bombshell, Physocarpus Little Devil and Fothergilla Blue Shadow, the wraps were off for the very first time at Four Oaks.

The Hydrangea Bombshell is a compact new paniculata hybrid, extremely free-flowering over a long period. This easy care shrub is perfect for today’s gardens being low maintenance and requiring little or no pruning to keep it compact and tidy. The long flowering season means it will make an eye-catching topical display. Hardy to -30°C. Eventual height & spread are 1m x 1m.

Hydrangea Bomshell prices:

Suggested retail selling price (SRSP): £19.99

Available from June 2011

Bred in the US by David Zlesak, Physocarpus Little Devil™ (‘Donna May’ PPAF)

is a truly compact opulifolius form. With an eventual height of just 90 – 120cm, Little Devil is perfect for smaller urban gardens or where space is limited. The rich plum-purple foliage acts as a great foil to shrubs and perennials alike and the white-pink, button-like blooms in June add another season of interest. An easy-care shrub for gardeners of all levels. Hardy to -30°C.

Physocarpus Little Devil™ prices:

SRSP: £10.99

Available from April 2011

Also new from the USA is Fothergilla Blue Shadow, a sport of x intermedia ‘Mount Airy’. After producing white flowers in spring, a foliage of powder blue-grey appears in summer, followed by a combination of rich-red, orange and yellow in autumn. Eventual height and spread are 1.5m x 1.5m.

Fothergilla Blue Shadow prices:

SRSP: £31.00

Available from February 2011

“Four Oaks is an important show for us,” says Jo Davey of John Woods Nurseries. “The show enables us to meet quality retailers in a relaxed environment where there is a strong focus on plants. And, thanks to its location, Four Oaks is also well attended by a good geographical spread of customers.”

The County® of Staffordshire rose, the latest in Mattocks’ County® series, has been developed for the Staffordshire Society. Established in 1905 by a group of London-based Staffordshire gentlemen, the Staffordshire Society today supports worthy causes across the county, holds social gatherings and promotes awareness of Staffordshire’s unique heritage. In 2005, while touring a local rose garden, the Society’s Vice-President, Brian Cox, discovered that Staffordshire, unlike many other UK counties, did not have an eponymous rose. Learning that Mattocks are responsible for all the County® roses, Mr Cox contacted the company, who in turn, began the process of selecting a rose for Staffordshire from the breeding programme.

The County® of Staffordshire rose is characterised by clusters of between five and eight copper yellow flowers that fade to creamy yellow. A repeat flowerer, the disease resistant rose is ideal for landscape gardens and amenities as well as the private garden, at home in sunny borders and patio pots. Height and spread of the County® of Staffordshire rose is 60cm x 50cm. The rose has won International Gold/Silver and Bronze medals in international trials.

The County of Staffordshire prices:

SRSP: £9.99

Available from October 2010

As its name suggests, Joie de Vivre celebrates the joy of life. Cream pastel pink in colour, gently fragrant and full of vitality, Joie de Vivre offers repeat-flowering longevity and wide appeal. Its compact habit lends itself to rose containers throughout summer. Joie de Vivre won a Silver medal at Le Roeulx Belgium Awards 2006 and has been awarded the Rose of the Year 2011. Rose of the Year is awarded by Roses UK, a joint marketing venture between BARB (British Association Of Rose Breeders) and the British Rose Group of the HTA (previously known as the British Rose Growers Association).

For the first time this autumn, Rose of the Year will be available in the Mattocks Naturepot range, a brand of John Woods specially developed for autumn planting, The Naturepot is biodegradable so the consumer can plant it directly into the ground. A colourful re-cyclable pot wrap means Joire de Vivre has lots of gift giving appeal and provides plenty of colourful impact at the point of purchase.

Height and spread are 50cm and 40cm respectively.

Joie de Vivre prices:

SRSP: £12.99

Available from October 2010


Pomponella is a free flowering floribunda rose with unusual rich pink pompom shaped flowers emerging from small rounded buds. The rose, which features dark green foliage and an upright habit, is also lightly fragranced. As with all Mattocks roses, Pomponella is highly disease resistant. Height and spread is 80cm x 60cm. A real head-turner, Pomponella won ADR 2006 plus international Gold/Silver and Bronze Medals.

Pomponella prices:

SRSP: £12.99

Available from October 2010

For more information about John woods Nurseries visit www.johnwoodsnurseries.co.uk and for information about Mattocks visit: www.mattocks.co.uk