Visitors vote for retail inspiration ideas

Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, and Nursery Supply Show which took place this week at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire voted for their most inspiring retails stands and concepts at the events.

The winner of the Planting the Seed Award, which highlights stand displays that capture the imagination, provide clear information and attract attention was:

Profit Plant (stand 34/35) for their Bohemian room setting complete with tapestry carpets and a rocking chair. This stand provided lots of opportunity to display plants at different heights and the plant labelling encouraged visitors to use their senses.

In second place were Allensmore Nurseries for their bright and breezy nautical themed display complete with boat, beach hut, crates, fishing nets and pebbles.

In third place were The Bransford Webbs Plant Company who used paint as the inspiration for their display. Their Hellebore Collection was cleverly branded on paint tins, with accompanying painting accessories and staff kitted out with aprons.

New for 2017 was Best Plant Concept for Retail award, sponsored by Elho – again voted for by visitors. The winner of this award was the Plantbutler plastic cover pot and Water Wick from Javado. This easy-care watering system for houseplants comes with 6 attractive pot designs and colours to suit all homes or styles.

Runner up – Proven Winners – joint entry from Kernock Park Plants and The Bransford Webbs Plant Company.  Proven Winners is an inspirational brand that also aims to give consumers ideas that they can achieve at home to create a beautiful garden with ‘Pot Art’ concept which are easy to follow planting recipes along with inspirational seasonal ideas books, planting advice, videos and articles on their website and social pages.

The winner of the New Product Showcase in the Nursery Supply Show was Wonderwall from USP Creations – an easy to maintain vertical planting system.

Hawkesmill Are Double Winners At The National Plant Show

The Hawkesmill Nurseries team are proud to announce that their brand new and exclusive Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ and also their Viola ‘Bridie’, which is from the Victorian Viola range, have both won silver at the HTA National Plant Show in the New Plants Awards ‘Herbaceous Perennials’ category.

The Warwickshire based family business, who offer retailers a wide selection of plants such as perennials, alpines, grasses and wildflowers, have chosen to offer these amazing plants this year to compliment their extensive herbaceous collections.

Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ is a pink form of the immensely popular Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and is exclusive to Hawkesmill Nurseries.  Available from June and throughout the summer in bud and flower, this stunner is supplied in 3 litre pots. Attractive to bees and butterflies, ‘Pink Lips’ also has a superb aromatic foliage and a height and spread of 90 x 60 cm.

Viola ‘Bridie’ is one of the superb flowers from the Victorian Viola range, ‘Bridie’ will be available from Hawkesmill Nurseries in 2018. The range has a rainbow of colour options, with many varieties also being scented.  This abundant collection of flowers has superb ‘staying power’ from April through to September, and as hardy perennials, they will continue to flower year after year.

Richard Evans, Sales Director said ” We are so pleased to have won awards again this year after having won a gold last year for the amazing Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’. We feel that both the winning Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ and Viola ‘Bridie’, are not only beautiful, but also have many added benefits for the end consumer. Once again the time at the National Plant Show has been exceptional for our team and we look forward to next years show!”

Hawkesmill Nurseries is a family run business with over 40 years growing experience – providing quality seasonal plants to Retail Nurseries, Garden Centres and also more recently to Landscapers and Garden Designers too.  They are based in the heart of the country having their own satellite nurseries all within a 25 mile radius of the main production and dispatch site.

Garden Retailers can contact Hawkesmill Nurseries for more information about their plants, as well as general availability on 01676 532334 or by emailing sales@hawkesmillnurseries.co.uk

Adenophera White Blaze wins Visitor Vote Award at HTA National Plant Show

Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, have voted Adenophera White Blaze from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards. The Visitor Vote Award, sponsored by Floramedia, proved extremely popular and with so many great entries in this year’s awards, visitors were spoilt for choice.

The tall flower spikes of this plant are covered in masses of white hanging bells throughout summer due to its long flowering period. Ideal for the middle of a border, it can add delicate vertical structure and soft colour. This cottage garden plant is hardy and very easy to grow.

Full Visitor Vote results were:-

Best in Show – Adenophera White Blaze from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery

Best Shrub & Climber –  Hovaria® ‘Elleair Anniversary’ from Javado

Best Annual – Silene hybrid ‘SI 11 04-61 Sparkling Rose from Kernock Park Plants

Best Herbaceous Perennial – Adenophera White Blaze from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery

Best Houseplant – Cambria Renaissance Grandeur from Javado

Best Tree and Conifer – Malus siebildii Aros from Frank P. Matthews

For further information visit www.nationalplantshow.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @HTANews #HTAPlantShow

Malus sieboldii Aros takes best in show at New Plant Awards

Malus sieboldii Aros from Frank P Matthews has been crowned this year as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show. The show, sponsored by Hortipak, takes place today and tomorrow (20 and 21 June) at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

The New Plant Awards, sponsored by the RHS, are the beating heart of the show and create an area bursting with inspiration for our visitors.

Judging Panel member Tim Upson, Head of Horticulture at the RHS comments, “Malus sieboldii Aros really stood out as a true winner. Whilst purple leaved trees are not uncommon this one has a particularly strong colour and good habit.

He adds, “It has a wide use in different garden situations and with its compact nature is particularly suited to small gardens and patios. With its long season of interest and colour this tree will have wide appeal to many customers and has great potential as a really good seller.”

The winners are:

Annuals
Gold and Best in Category – 
Silene hybrid ‘Sl 11 04-61 Sparkling Rose from Kernock Park Plants Ltd

Herbaceous Perennials
Gold and Best in Category –
Adenophera White Blaze from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery

Houseplants
Gold and Best in Category – Gloxinia sonata pink spot from Javado  and Batchmere Ltd

Shrubs and Climbers
Gold and Best in Category –Passiflora Riverside Snow Queen from Newey PPL                                                 

Trees and Conifers
Gold and Best in Category – 
Malus sieboldii Aros from Frank P Matthews                                                     

This year’s judging panel included Tim Upson (RHS), Ian Hodgson (Garden News), Marcus Cousins (Aylett Nurseries), Ken Cox (Glendoick Garden Centre) with HTA’s Martin Simmons overseeing.

All the entries were validated by Joy of Plants.

In addition to the formal announcement in the New Plant Awards area on the opening morning of the show there was also a seminar session for visitors highlighting the award winning plants and the benefits that they bring to help bolster plant sales.

All New Plant Award entries can be viewed at the show and visitors too can have their say by taking part in the Visitor Vote Awards, sponsored by Floramedia. The winner of the Visitor Vote Award will be announced on the afternoon of Wednesday 21June.

The HTA National Plant Show takes place on 20 and 21 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. For more information and to register in advance please visit www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

HTA National Plant Show Stoneleigh

This year as always We will be exhibiting at the HTA National Plant Show. Neil & Julie will be on stand 74 and look forward to seeing customers old and new!
We are well known fro our exciting new plant introductions and will have several to share this year.
Sambucus Golden Spark is brand new for 2018 we will have some examples of P9 and finished plants to show.
Hebe Tip Top is a great new introduction from Van Vliet New Plants, perfect for containers and displays.
Agapanthus Mi Casa is a superb new White form selected in field trials in Europe for its hardiness and masses of white flowers on short stems.
See you there!

One week left to go until HTA National Plant Show 2017

The HTA National Plant Show isn’t just a chance to display the latest new plants that you have to offer, but also to show the weird and wonderful ways and ideas that you have to display them in the best possible ways. Not only can this help to highlight the beauty of the plants, but also lead to increased sales.

This year we are launching new awards for the event highlighting the importance of retail concepts, and also embracing the introduction of the Nursery Supply Show.

These new awards include:

  • Best Plant Concept for Retail
  • Visitor Vote for Innovation
  • Eco-Friendly Visitor Vote
  • Best in Show Visitor Vote

These new awards mean that the new suppliers introduced to the show through the Nursery Supply Show will be able to enter awards with their new products, and also showcase these to visitors to the show.

Our dedicated Retail Concept Experience is sponsored by Elho this year, and will create a stimulating retail environment for visitors filled with inspiring retail ideas for visitors to take away. It will also feature an area curated by Elho showing its in-store installation concepts which help support increased plant sales.

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.

To book a stand or for joint visitor registration for these free to attend exhibitions visit

www.nurserysupplyshow.co.uk

www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

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

Hawkesmill Nurseries Ready For The National Plant Show

Warwickshire based Hawkesmill Nurseries,  have a plant for every season and business alike.  You will be able to find the Hawkesmill team at the National Plants Show on stand 147/160, where they will be showcasing some fantastic new varieties, including their brand new and exclusive Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ and Victorian Viola Range.

The family run business will be showing a good selection of collections and promotions at the forthcoming National Plant Show on 20th and 21st June. Here you will be able to see examples of the British grown perennials and seasonal collections that Hawkesmill Nurseries are so respected for.   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 2018 thus making sure you don’t miss out on these super opportunities.

“The National Plant Show is a superb annual showcase and is the event which kicks off our next selling season. says Richard Evans Sales Director, Richard continues   “It is a great way for the visitors to view a whole host of stock under one roof and provides visitors the opportunity to see thousands of plant varieties from UK growers in the main.”

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

Three weeks until HTA National Plant Show 2017 opens its doors

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. Taking place on 20 and 21 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, this year is sure to be the best one yet, providing a fantastic showcase for UK growers.

We know how hard it is to visit all the stands you want to at a busy exhibition, so we have worked to make a long day on your feet as pleasant as possible. 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 year’s 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

Show enhancements make for a VIP experience for visitors…

We know how hard it is to see everything you want to at a busy exhibition and the HTA are giving all visitors their own VIP invitation to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, and Nursery Supply Show (NSS).

The HTA have been working very closely with the venue to enhance the experience for visitors and for 2017 this will include rehydration stations around the halls offering ice cold water infused with zesty lemon slices and fresh mint, Fruit stopswhere you can grab one of your 5 a day and our Food on the go pod where you can pick up a takeaway bowl of summery soup and a fresh bread roll. Even better, all of these are with compliments of the show to give you time to visit more of our amazing exhibitors.

Stoneleigh have also revamped their Strollers restaurant and it now has a farm shop feel with fresh locally sourced produce, hand-made crisps, freshly baked muffins and a relaxing environment if you have time for a longer lunch break to look over your notes from the exhibition and decide who to visit next!

We will also have a complimentary hot drinks trolley working its way around the shows if you have ‘Time for tea’ and lots of other options for a pit stop such as our vintage ice cream cart that will sit in the link between the two shows. Not forgetting our Glasshouse café in the National Plant Show hall where you can grab a sandwich on the move and our NSS Hub which is a joint café and lounge for the hall.

For our exhibitors we will once again be offering grab bags so they don’t need to leave the stand for lunch and access to all of our new offerings to make exhibiting as easy as possible.

Joint Registration is now live for the HTA National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show – register once, visit both!

www.nationalplantshow.co.uk   or  www.nurserysupplyshow.co.uk