Nursery Supply Show and National Plant Show, stands selling fast!

The HTA Nursery Supply Show is off to an exciting start with bookings already coming in for the new launch event from companies including Melcourt, Northern Polytunnels, Easitill, IML, Open Retail Solutions and B to B Links to name just a few of the confirmed sign ups.

The event runs alongside the HTA National Plant Show on 20/21 June at Stoneleigh Park and we are receiving enquiries on a daily basis with stands filling fast for the new launch. The broad range of suppliers will provide opportunities for visitors to support their plant sales through a variety of approaches includingsubstrate and growing media, labelling and product information companies through to display benching, potting machinery and everything in between.

There will be a wealth of companies to help you set your ranges apart from the competition as well as the chance to gather advice, networking opportunities and trend led innovations.

The sister event, HTA National Plant Show is down to its last few stands with enquiries still coming in for the 8th edition of the show which will offer the largest variety of exhibitors yet. The event supported by headline sponsor Hortipak promises to once again give your plantarea that big seller for upcoming seasons as well as the chance to catch up with current suppliers and forge relationships with new companies.

Together these shows aim to be the number one event in UK for plants and nursery suppliers. The premier buying event for Garden Retailers, Retail Nurseries and Growers.

Free joint registration is now open for both events, so don’t miss your opportunity to attend. and complete the form to attend the show free of charge.

To enquire about booking a stand at the event contact or visit

HTA supporting the industry with new event launch alongside National Plant Show

hta 2016With supporting UK Horticulture at the heart of everything the HTA does, listening to our members and the industry is key, and the HTA is continuously staying in touch with its members to identify and deal with key garden issues and opportunities.

Seven years ago the HTA launched the National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry to support our Growers and give them the right show at the right time of the year for them to do business. The event is now a staple date in the horticultural calendar and to enhance this offering and give a platform to even more of the industry the HTA will be introducing the co-located HTA Nursery Supply Show.

Running as a separate exhibition in hall 3 at Stoneleigh alongside the HTA National Plant Show on the 20th and 21stJune 2017 the HTA Nursery Supply Show will give even more to our visitors by both enabling them to buy plants but to also look at the critical elements that support plant sales, nursery retail and garden centres.

Along with the National Plant Show this enhancement aims to be the number one show in UK for plants and nursery suppliers. The premier buying event for Garden Retailers, Retail Nurseries and Growers.

The exhibition will follow the back to basics formula of the National Plant Show to allow the product to do the talking with the same low cost stand options for exhibitors to ensure the event is affordable for all.

Visitors can expect to see a range of suppliers from labelling and product information companies, substrate and growing media through to display benching, potting machinery and everything in between.

More details on the free to attend event will come with the official launch in January 2017 when booking for exhibitors will open.

Commenting on the new show, HTA President Adam Wigglesworth from Aylett Nurseries said,

“I am delighted that with the new event, alongside the National Plant Show, there will be an opportunity for visitors to see suppliers with products that help us sell more plants. I hope that the efficiency of having this event next door will make our visitors’ days even more productive and worthwhile and be an exciting addition to a landmark event.”

Geoff Caesar from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company said,

“As an exhibitor at the National Plant Show since the very beginning we believe this exciting new development will provide even more reasons for both growers and retailers to visit the show. The new Nursery Supply Show will provide numerous opportunities to support the production and sale of plants in the UK and help build the strength of the British nursery and garden centre industry.”

Neil Gray from Melcourt said,

“The Nursery Supply Show running alongside the National Plant show offers a real opportunity to showcase UK horticulture through the supply chain of plants. We are looking forward to the opportunity to speaking to our existing customers and potential new customer about Melcourt products that serve both the retail and professional markets.”

For more details please contact the events team at

Highlights from the HTA National Plant Show

hta national plant show 2016There was a vibrant and upbeat feel to the 7th HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, which took place this week (21 and 22 June) at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

With a packed hall featuring a record number of exhibitors the show really presented the best of plant production. The two day show attracted buyers from across the industry enabling them to catch up with existing suppliers as well as find new ones.

The New Plant Awards, sponsored by the RHS, attracted over 100 entries. Salvia Blue Marvel from Darby Nursery Stock took the title of best in show, as well as the title of Best Herbaceous Perennial. Other category winners were: Best Annual – Petunia Tumbelina Maria from Channel Island Plants UK, Best Houseplant – Begonia Elatior Valentino Pink from Garden Centre Fresh, Best Shrub & Climber – Rose Lovely Parfuma from Rosemasters, Trees & Conifers
–  Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata Joes’ EU20141206 from Frank P Matthews.

Visitors also had the chance to vote for their favourite new plant over the course of the show in the Visitor Vote, sponsored by Floramedia. They voted the Best in Show as Clematis Nubia Evipo59 from Darby Nursery Stock, which was voted best in the Shrubs & Climbers category. The other category winners were Best Annual – Nemesia Aroma Yellow Rhubarb & Custard from Channel Island Plants, Best Herbaceous Perennial – Salvia Joy from Darby Nursery Stock, Best Houseplant – Oncidium Claudia Black Eye from Javado UK and Best Tree & Conifer – Acer platanoides ‘Ulmers Sensation’ from Frank P Matthews.

New for 2016 was the Planting the Seed Award for best retail inspiration, as voted for by visitors to the show. Hawkesmill Nurseries was declared winners with Allensmore Nurseries in second place and The Bransford Webb Plant Company and Profitplant UK coming joint third.

The British Protected Ornamentals Association and the Home Grown Users Group presented the Home Grown Retail Award for Promotion and Support of UK Grown Plants and Flowers to Grace Hurrell of Tesco Stores, for the chain’s consistent support and promotion of British-grown bedding.

The winner of the Planties photographic competition was James Tully of Parker’s Garden Company for his summer wildflower meadow image, which will feature in HTA News.

New for 2016 the Retail Concept Area, put together by trend watcher and green stylist Romeo Sommers provided ideas and stories about the benefits of plants to create interest and give people another reason to buy.

Over the course of the show a number of seminar sessions were held including:
Neil Bragg from Bulrush Horticulture and Paul Alexander from RHS introduced the audience to the Growing Media Responsible Sourcing Calculator.
Andy McIndoe highlighted the new plant award winners and how to make the most of them.
Michael Perry from Thompson & Morgan talked about how to make gardening more accessible by using the right language.
David Gillam from Abercorn Garden Centre and Chairman of the National Dahlia Society reminded all not to forget the good old favourites of the plant world.
Raoul Curtis-Machin, HTA Head of Horticulture, provided an update on plant health and Xylella Fastidiosa.

GTN’s Greatest Plant Retailing Awards were presented at the show. Gold Award winners included:

Greatest Plant Sales Team
Small centre – Poppies, Oban
Mid-sized centre – Timmermans
Large centre – Scotsdales, Cambridge

Greatest Linked Sales Team

Greatest Pot and Plants Sales Team

Greatest Plant Advice Team
Fron Goch and Cowells

Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters
Headline Partner – Hortipak
Associate Partner – Gardman

Media Partners – Horticulture Week
New Plant Awards – Royal Horticultural Society, Visitor Vote – Floramedia, Digital Partner – Garden Connect, Benching Partner – Timber Displays, Delegate Bag Partner – Container Centralen, Registration Area Partner – XL Horticulture, Event Partners – Glee, HTA Insurance Services, ICL, Joy of Plants and Striking Places.

Put the dates in your diary for next year’s show – 20 and 21 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Further information can be found at

Clematis Nubia wins Visitor Vote Award at HTA National Plant Show

hta national plant show 2016Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, have voted Clematis Nubia Evipo59 from Darby Nursery Stock as best in show at the New Plant Awards. The Visitor Vote Award, sponsored by Floramedia, proved extremely popular and with over 100 entries in this year’s awards visitors were spoilt for choice.

Clematis Nubia Evipo59, bred by Guernsey Clematis, is a stunning compact free flowering Clematis with striking deep red flowers with red anthers.

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Clematis Nubia

Full Visitor Vote results were:-

Best Shrub & Climber and best in show –  Clematis Nubia Evipo – Darby Nursery Stock

Best Annual – Nemesia Aroma Yellow Rhubarb & Custard – Channel Island Plants

Best Herbaceous Perennial – Salvia Joy – Darby Nursery Stock

Best Houseplant – Oncidium Claudia Black Eye – Javado UK

Best Tree and Conifer – Acer platanoides ‘Ulmers Sensation’ – Frank P Matthews

It was double success for Darby Nursery Stock as they also won yesterday’s judged New Plant Awards, sponsored by RHS, with Salvia Blue Marvel, also bred by Guernsey Clematis.

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Growing media responsible sourcing scheme to launch

hta growing media associationThe GMA (Growing Media Association) and the HTA will launch the pilot Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media at the National Plant Show on 21/22 June.

Paul Alexander, head of Horticultural and Environmental Science for the RHS and Neil Bragg, director of Bulrush Horticulture will speak to manufacturers and retailers on the issues surrounding sourcing.

The purpose of the scheme is to “steadily introduce and increase an awareness of manufacturers’ impact upon the environment as a result of choices made regarding the components used in growing media”.

The scheme will enable those manufacturers wishing to participate the ability to measure the components that make up particular products, enter those results into a calculator, which will then inform the manufacturer of their environmental impact.

GMA chairman Steve Harper said: “We are launching the pilot scheme at the HTA National Plant Show to give everyone the opportunity to come and talk to us and sign-up to be kept informed about the scheme as it progresses.

“The pilot scheme itself is a very gentle first step in understanding what the situation is within the industry, and giving those who want them the tools to scientifically analyse the components within the volume and type of growing media.  The longer term ambition is that manufacturers and retailers, as they understand the impact upon the environment, take steps to reduce their own footprint and join the audited scheme.”

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Chair of the Growing Media Initiative, comments

“This scheme represents a step-change for the horticulture industry. It enables us to measure how well we are sourcing our production materials in growing media, in ethical human and environmental terms. It is a proud moment for everyone involved in making our industry more sustainable.”

The collated results will be analysed by the Steering Board of the Responsible Sourcing Scheme to understand the industry’s use of diluents in growing media.  The launch will call on manufacturers and retailers to sign-up to learn more about the scheme at the stand.

Salvia Blue Marvel takes best in show at New Plant Awards

hta national plant show 2016Salvia Blue Marvel from Darby Nursery Stock has been crowned 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 (21 and 22 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.

Salvia Blue Marvel is a striking deep blue Salvia with the largest flowers of this type of Salvia. It re-blooms reliably over a long period.

Judging Panel member Jim Gardiner, Executive Vice-President of RHS  comments, “As a panel of judges we were really thrilled with the large number of new plants put forward. The quality and vibrancy of new plant introductions is in good hands in this country.”

He adds, ”The judges were really excited by the quality of all the category winners. However, the best in show, Salvia Blue Marvel, was for all of us a revelation in breeding of an already established herbaceous plant. The flower quality and in particular the size of Salvia Blue Marvel was quite exceptional. This plant will see uses far beyond the herbaceous border.”

The winners are:

Gold and Best in Category –  Petunia Tumbelina Maria               Channel Island Plants UK

Gold                     Calibrachoa Rave Pink                                           Pentland Plants

Gold                     Begonia Funky Pink                                                Benary

Gold                     Bella Fuchsia Lydia                                                 Javado UK

Gold                     Bella Fuchsia Olivia                                                Javado UK

Silver                   Nemesia Aroma Yellows Rhubarb & Custard          Channel Island Plants

Bronze                Petunia Chic Collection Raspberry Stripe                Earley Ornamentals

Bronze                Petunia Chic Collection Rose Star                           Earley Ornamentals

Bronze                Petunia Tumblelina Francesca                                 Channel Island Plants UK

Bronze                Calibrachoa Caloha Bumble Bee                             Channel Island Plants UK

Bronze                Nemesia Aroma Yellows Plums & Custards             Channel Island Plants UK

Herbaceous Perennials
Gold and Best in Category – Salvia Blue Marvel                            Darby Nursery Stock

Gold                     Geum Scarlet Tempest                                            Allensmore Nurseries, Hawkesmill Nurseries and Fairweather’s Nursery


Silver                   Tiarella Angel Wings                                                 Seoint Nurseries

Silver                   Geranium Miss Heidi                                                Johnsons of Whixley

Bronze                Geranium ‘Foundlings Friend’                                   Kernock Park Plants

Bronze                Salvia guarantica Black & Bloom                              Javado UK

Bronze                Cirsium Frosted Magic                                              Fairweathers/Lowaters

Bronze                Salvia Joy                                                                  Darby Nursery Stock

Bronze                Salvia nemorosa hort. Rianne                                   Javado UK


Gold and Best in Category – Begonia Elatior Valentino Pink         Garden Centre Fresh

Silver                   Phalaenopsis Tinkerbell                                             Profitplant UK

Silver                   Saintpaulia Blue Wave                                               Javado UK

Silver                   Oncidium Claudia Black Eye                                      Javado UK

Bronze                Clerodendrum Thompsoniae Helios                            Profitplant UK

Bronze                Spathiphyllum Romeo Cupido                                    Garden Centre Fresh

Bronze                Brassia Shelob Tolkien                                               Javado UK


Shrubs and Climbers
Gold and Best in Category –Rose Lovely Parfuma                          Rosemasters

Gold                     Clematis Nubia Evipo59                                            Darby Nursery Stock

Silver                   Pieris Japonica Polar Passion                                    Profitplant UK

Silver                   Hebe Celebration                                                       The Bransford Webbs Plant Co’

Silver                   Buddleja x Blue Chip Junior                                       The Bransford Webbs Plant Co’

Sliver                   Buddleja x NC20102 Pink Micro Chip                        The Bransford Webbs Plant Co’

Silver                   Hydrangea macr Magical Ruby Tuesday                    Garden Centre Fresh

Silver                   Lavandula Meerio                                                       Fairweathers Nursery

Silver                   Rosa Pretty Parfuma                                                   Rosemasters

Silver                   Rosa Royal Parfuma                                                   Rosemasters

Silver                   Rosa Secret Parfuma                                                  Rosemasters

Silver                   Rosa Lovely Parfuma                                                  Rosemasters

Silver                   Hibiscus Magenta Chiffon                                            Farplants

Silver                   Hydrangea macr. Charming by Magical Lisa               Javado UK

Silver                   Hydrangea macr. Charming by Magical Lisa Blue      Javado UK

Silver                   Hibiscus syriacus ‘America Irene Scott’ Sugar Tip     The Bransford Webbs Plant

Bronze                 Rhododendron Golden Green Gift                             Garden Centre Fresh

Bronze                 Lonicera nitida ‘Van Gogh’                                          Profitplant UK

Bronze                 Hydrangea Tutti Frutti                                                  Darby Nursery Stock

Bronze                Clematis Pamina                                                          New Leaf Plants


Trees and Conifers
Gold and Best in Category –  Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata Joes’    – Frank P Matthews

Silver                   Prunus domestica ‘Toptaste’ Kulinaria                       Frank P Matthews

Silver                   Acer platanoides ‘Sensation’ Ulmers Sensation        Frank P Matthews


This year’s judging panel include Marcus Cousins from Aylett Nurseries, David Mitchell from Wyevale Garden Centres, David Hurrion from Gardeners World Magazine, Michael Perry from Thompson &

Morgan and Jim Gardiner from RHS. 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 we will also have a seminar session focussing on the winners where Andy McIndoe along with our judging panel will highlight the victorious plants and give you the background on their benefits and how these can bolster your plantarea offering.

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 24 June.

The HTA National Plant Show takes place on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. For more information and to register in advance please visit

The Launch Of The New Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’

HawksmillHawkesmill Nurseries  announce the launch of the brand new Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’.  The Warwickshire based family business, have specifically chosen to offer this amazing plant this year to coincide with their 40th anniversary.

‘Scarlet Tempest’ is a stunner and produces beautifully extravagant large, bright red, semi-double blooms. Gardens will be full of vibrant colour with this Geum, as it flowers continuously from April to September.

You will be able to view this superb new Geum in the New Plant Area at the National Plant Show, where it will be displayed in all it’s glory!

Richard Evans, Sales Director said “We’re really looking forward to unveiling Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ to our garden centre customers at this year’s show. The plant features masses of scarlet flowers that bloom all summer long, contrasting beautifully with attractive green foliage – it’s a great one for growing in patio pots or in mixed perennial borders and will have great potential for our amenity customers for use in landscape projects too”

Geum 'Scarlet Tempest'

Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’

HTA National Plant Show 2016 opens its doors next week

hta national plant show 2016With a record breaking amount of exhibitors and New Plant Awards entries, the HTA National Plant Show 2016 opens its door next week on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Romeo Sommers, trend watcher and green stylist of By Romeo, will be bringing the Retail Concept Experience to life with the art of storytelling in retail. Romeo will be demonstrating how you can combine storytelling with plants to help increase sales and give people another reason to buy. Supporting this will be creative displays designed by growers around the show.

Make sure you download the new 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.

Visitors can save time on arrival to the show by registering for a visitor badge in advance, allowing them to go straight into the biggest National Plant Show yet.

For more information and to register in advance please visit

A record breaking year for the New Plant Awards

hta national plant show 2016The lead up to the National Plant Show 2016 goes from strength to strength with a record breaking amount of New Plant Awards entries. With over 110 entries so far and counting, the New Plant Awards, sponsored by the RHS, are the beating heart of the show and creates an area bursting with inspiration for our visitors.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) are currently working with Joy of Plants to validate all of the entries which will then go on to be judged on the day before the event. Our panel of judges includes Marcus Cousins (Aylett Nurseries), David Mitchell (Wyevale Garden Centre), David Hurrian (Gardeners World Magazine), Michael Perry (Thompson & Morgan) and Jim Gardiner (RHS) are looking forward to seeing the wealth of choice and deliberating to choose their top picks in each category.

In addition to the formal announcement in the New Plant Awards area on the opening morning of the show we will also have a seminar session focussing on the winners where Andy McIndoe, along with our judging panel, will highlight the victorious plants and give you the background on their benefits and how these can bolster your plantarea offering.

The HTA National Plant Show takes place on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. For more information and to register in advance please visit


Plant health focus at National Plant Show

hta national plant show 2016In a bid to keep retailers up to date with the key factors concerning plants today, ‘plant health’ has been added to the seminar programme of the HTA National Plant Show, taking place next month on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Retailers need to be aware of where they are getting plants from through all stages of growth. This is the best way to protect the UK and themselves from diseases such as Xylella Fastidiosa.

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Head of Horticulture will cover this subject and explain more about the increased obligations on retailers to protect the UK and their businesses, at the show on at 12pm Wednesday 22 June.

As well as this focussed seminar session, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will also be at the show on stand 159.

APHA is an executive agency of Defra. It works to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

Its stand will communicate the importance of plant biosecurity best practice and inform about new and emerging plant pests and diseases. Staff will be available to discuss plant health legislation.

For more information on APHA visit

 Other seminars taking place at the show are:

Tuesday 21 June

  • 10am Growing Media Spotlight
  • 10.45am Home Grown ‘Retailer’ Award presentation
  • 11am New Plant Awards, with Andy McIndoe and the New Plant Award Judges
  • 12pm Michael Perry, Plant Hunter, Thompson & Morgan
  • 2pm Tried, tested and hidden from sight, David Gillam, of Abercorn Garden Centre and National Dahlia Society Chair

Wednesday 22 June

  • 10am Growing Media Spotlight
  • 12pm Plant Health Focus
  • 2pm The Greatest Plant Retailing Awards, with Garden Trade News

For more information and to register in advance please visit