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

Workshops are the dish of the day at HTA Catering Conference

This year’s HTA Catering Conference, sponsored by Compass Group UK & Ireland, takes place at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2017.

The focus this year is around Strategy and Operations on day one, and a Focus on Food on day two. Our workshops aim to give delegates an in depth insight into key areas effecting garden centre catering offerings, giving them the chance to ask questions and share real experiences.

Workshops on day one include:

  • Wage Cost versus Food Costs – the balancing act in operating a garden centre catering operation. How can you ensure that you are getting the balance correct to ensure you are not wasting money and still deliver on quality and service?
  • Fresh from a tour of Melbourne, world leader in artisan coffee Ben Minter, Mathew Algie, looks at best practice and the important role that a trained Barista can have in your business.
  • Compass Group UK & Ireland will be exploring the outsourcing model using various experts including Simon O’Shea, Michelle Allen and Andrew Fordyce.

Workshops on day two include:

  • How to get the most from your salad bar. With the emerging trend of grab and go salad bars across the country, and the rise and rise of healthy eating, Rob Owen, Executive development Chef at Creed Foodservice and James Davidson, Executive Chef at Rich Sauces will take you through the opportunities they have identified to maximise profit, and strategies to get the most from your salad bar using premium flavour notes.
  • Caroline Benjamin will join us to discuss allergens. After the success of last year’s sessions, Caroline will be sharing tips on improving your communication and key areas to be aware of when serving the FreeFrom customer.
  • Hospitality and food marketer and trainer, Karen Fewell will be sharing some of the findings from her recent family dining study, exploring what family-friendly looks like in the digital era. She’ll also discuss generational appeal and how to make your marketing engaging for everyone.

The rest of conference will feature speakers from the wider hospitality industry including Peter Avis, Restaurant Manager from London’s Babylon restaurant, Top Chef Dominic Teague from One Aldwych, 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire and Matt Drew, Head of Food and Beverage for the National Trust the conference programme also draws extensively from expertise from within the industry. Alongside this there will be sessions from industry practitioners including David Yardley and Keren Feeney from Klondyke, Costas Constantinou from Dobbies, James Debbage from Green Pastures and Mark Farnsworth and Sharon McNair from Tong Garden Centre.

HTA Communications Manager Gill Ormrod comments, “The HTA Catering Conference and exhibition provides an unrivalled opportunity for all those involved in garden centre catering to get the latest ideas and inspiration about trends, issues and views from the industry and the wider hospitality sector. “

This year’s accompanying catering exhibition is fully sold out and provides a great additional opportunity to meet a range of suppliers from coffee, cake and soft drinks to bread, tea and much more!

For further programme details and to book your place please visit www.hta.org.uk/cateringconference

Many thanks to this year’s event sponsors and partners.

Headline Partner – Compass Group UK & Ireland
Conference Partners – Blue Cap Coffee, Frobishers Juices Limited, Matthew Algie
Exhibitor Partners – Beanworks, Belvoir Fruit Farms , Bira Bank, CPL Training Group, Creed Food Service, Dawn Foods , Destiny Foods, Ascential (Glee), IFSE,  Middleton Foods, Review Systems, Shield Safety, Space Catering, Speciality Breads, Swan Retail, Tea From The Manor, The Handmade Cake Company, Towergate (HTA Insurance), Vision Commercial Kitchens, Whitco, Zeo.
Stand Partner – Luscombe Drinks, Open Retail, Review Systems
Drinks Partner – Quinton Edwards
Goody Bag Partner – Fruitypot
Advert Partner – MHF Furniture
Media Partners – Horticulture Week, Garden Forum, Garden Trade News, HTA News
Supporting Partner – Garden Centre Association

Rasa zero-emission hydrogen car centrepiece in first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Visitors attending the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in Bakewell, from June 7-11, could be forgiven for initially thinking a sporty, little two-seater car looks out of place displayed in a garden titled ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate’.

But the Riversimple ‘Rasa’ is no ordinary car. It runs on hydrogen, emits no pollution and has been created by a Welsh car maker, which is revolutionising the motor industry by adopting a circular business model – promoting sustainable mobility and less waste.

Riversimple founder Hugo Spowers said: “We are delighted to be working with the RHS to help encourage discussion among visitors about ways to tackle climate change and to reduce pollution levels. These are some of the biggest problems facing our modern world. It is also exciting to see technology around green cars and infrastructure developing at such a rapid pace, offering people sustainable mobility in the near future.”

One of the garden designers, Andy Clayden said: “It is great to have this British design innovation in our ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate’. The Rasa is forward looking and emphasises sustainable use of resources, which is a key theme within the garden.”

The Rasa is currently believed to be the greenest car designed for ordinary road use and emits just water. It is the culmination of 15 years of research and development by a team that includes ex-F1 and aerospace engineers and was launched in spring 2016 to huge acclaim. It has a range of c.300 miles, refills in a few minutes and is powered by a small hydrogen fuel cell, as well as energy recaptured from braking.

The pioneering Welsh company is the only car maker to adopt a circular economy model, aiming to recover as much value as possible at the car’s end of life. In April, Riversimple announced its first crowdfunding round had exceeded its target of £1m and raised a final figure of £1,138,000 to match a €2million EU grant towards running a 12 month public trial of 20 hydrogen fuel cell cars. These will be hand-built and test driven by residents in Monmouthshire, Wales. This follows a £2million grant awarded by the Welsh government in 2015.

The ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate’, designed by Andy Clayden and Dr Ross Cameron of Sheffield University and RHS Scientist Eleanor Webster, shows a small suburban garden now, next to one in the year 2100. It highlights how suburban gardens could adapt to stormier weather patterns, increased rainfall and hotter, drier summers.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is expected to attract more than 85,000 visitors and will be set within the 1000-acre parkland of the Chatsworth Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Urban Rain Garden will make a splash at Hampton Court Flower Show

Squire’s Garden Centres and Landform Consultants have joined forces to present a stunning contemporary garden at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which takes place 3rd-9th July 2017.

Called “The Urban Rain Garden” the concept is a garden designed to cope with climate change, and in particular the heavy downpours that we are experiencing in England, which can cause flash flooding and problems with drainage. The garden incorporates clever rainwater management techniques, so that all rainwater and run-off from the house is redirected, stored and used within the garden.

Designer Rhiannon Williams, who is just 23 years old said; “My inspiration came from my Masters studies at the University of Sheffield, where I was very lucky to be taught by Nigel Dunnett who is a world authority on rain gardens. I’ve always been keen to design spaces that are not only beautiful but functional as well, and The Urban Rain Garden embodies this, but also more importantly it demonstrates an easy way to adopt a more sustainable approach when it comes to rain water management.”

A really unusual feature of the design is that there is both a front and back garden with a walkway in-between. This allows show visitors a 360-degree view of the garden, giving it a very interactive feel.

The front garden includes a space for a compact car to park over a metal grate, below which is a storm water retention pond. The back garden features elements familiar to many residential gardens, including a patio, lawn, and an entertaining area.

Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squire’s commented; “I like the fact that the garden is both an affordable and sustainable design. Planting is zoned to deal with varying water levels within the garden. Very wet areas contain plants like Irises down to dry zones at the end of the garden, containing plants like Salvia, Achillea, and Ornamental Grasses. Structural shrubs and trees provide a sense of enclosure, and there’s colourful planting for summer impact when the space will be used for entertaining.

Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design & Urban Horticulture at the University of Sheffield said, “I was thrilled to learn that Rhiannon was taking on her first major show garden at RHS Hampton Court this year. I think that her design is inspired and will truly capture the public’s imagination. There are many elements that can be adopted for our own spaces and some of the solutions that she offers to cope with our changing climates are truly innovative.”

The Urban Rain Garden is in the new RHS category “Gardens for a Changing World”, which reflects the more sustainable direction that gardening is taking worldwide. You can visit the garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 3rd-9th July.

Haddonstone’s award winning exhibit at The Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Haddonstone, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework, has been awarded a 4 Star Tradestand Award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Designed by Simon Scott, a previous Chelsea Show Garden medal winner, the exhibit is a classically inspired garden incorporating a landscape folly, a water feature and garden ornaments. Haddonstone’s exhibit is in Southern Row, stand SR35.

Simon Scott, Marketing Director, comments ‘We are delighted to have won the award as it represents a reward for all of the hard work that has gone into designing and constructing such a magnificent exhibit. My thanks go out to the exhibition build team and in particular to Mick Teall who lead the construction team and Andy Miller who was responsible for the planting.’
Established in 1971, Haddonstone is the UK’s leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework in traditional, classical and contemporary styles. Based at East Haddon, in the rolling countryside of Northamptonshire, Haddonstone has beautiful show gardens and an interior showroom where visitors can see many of the designs in their intended setting. The gardens are open to the public Monday-Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm (excluding public holidays and the Christmas period). The gardens will also open on the first Saturday of the month from April to September. Haddonstone exhibits each year at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Memories Are Made of Chelsea

At Chelsea Flower Show 2017, we invited visitors to play their part in Chelsea history by leaving a lasting memory in our memory book and hanging tags on our Davidia involucrata (‘Pocket Handkerchief tree’).

The Memory Tree initiative has been supported by Hillier charity partner Wessex Cancer Trust. To kick it off, a number of famous faces, garden designers and personalities kindly shared their memories, signing unique wooden tags. The first of these was shared by gardening legend, long-term supporter of Wessex Cancer Trust and Chelsea Flower Show favourite, Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL.

Alan Titchmarsh adds the first memory to our memory book


These special wooden tags, together with the memories shared, will be auctioned after the show to raise funds for Wessex Cancer Trust. Details of how to participate in the auction will be announced in due course.

Joanna Lumley takes a quiet moment to share her gardening memory

Dame Judi Dench, who was at the show to launch her namesake rose by David Austin Roses, shares a few thoughtful words

Gardener and presenter Rachel de Thame, pictured here with Jim Hillier from our Trees division, also signed a tag  


The collection of hundreds of additional memories across the week, commemorated by the hanging of delicate copper tags, was also a huge success. By the close of Chelsea week, passersby were stopping underneath the branches of the Davidia, mesmerised by the twinkling of sunlight bouncing off copper from every angle. Fond gardening memories were collected from all over the world, from Chelsea regulars to those superfans of the show from Australia.

Each copper tag on the tree commemorates a memory shared


Thank you to every visitor who took the time to share their memories – happy, funny, poignant – but each one proving what vivid associations people have around time in the garden.

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

Prestigious Medals Announced at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded 73 prestigious RHS Gold Medals at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments.

A total of 117 medals were awarded to the gardens and floral exhibitors in the Great Pavilion, which also included 30 Silver-Gilt Medals, 13 Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsors’ The M&G Garden was awarded their 6th Gold Medal and scooped Best Show Garden. Showcasing ecological sustainability based on the unique environment of Malta, the garden designed by James Basson also received the coveted Best Construction Award making it the second year running for contractors Crocus.

James Basson, The M&G Garden designer says: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won Best in Show for the first time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is an incredible feeling and a testimony to the hard work of the whole team, including Crocus and my wife Helen, and I am very grateful to M&G for its support.”

Show Garden Judging Panel Chair, James Alexander-Sinclair comments: “The garden is faultless and outstanding in terms of both construction and attention to detail.”

Kate Gould’s City Living garden, representing an urban apartment block and how to innovatively use space in an urban context, won Best Fresh Garden. Meanwhile Best Artisan Garden was awarded to Walker’s Wharf Garden supported by Doncaster Deaf Trust, by designer Graham Bodle.

A total of 61 Gold Medals were awarded to nurseries and growers at the heart of the show in the Great Pavilion, without any Bronze medals in sight. The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best display was presented to Penberth Plants for their ‘A reflection of Penberth – A Cornish Garden’ and New Design Award was given to Raymond Evison Clematis. The South African National Biodiversity Institute – Kirstenbosch stand received the popular President’s Award, while David Austin Roses Ltd, Cayeux Iris and Waterside Nursery were among the Gold Medal winners.

Full List of winners below in pdf format

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 ARTISAN GARDEN AWARDS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 DISCOVERY AWARDS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 FLORAL ARRANGEMENT 1 st SESSION AWARDS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 FRESH GARDEN AWARDS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 GREAT PAVILION AWARDS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 PORTFOLIO PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017 SHOW GARDEN AWARDS