Exchange rates, demand and availability bode well for British plant nursery growers

Reserves are good, garden centres are taking stock and exchange rates are on a "level playing field", boding well for a strong 2017 plant-selling season, says Geoff Caesar of the Bransford Webbs Plant Company.

Caesar, who organises the British Plant Fair at Stoneleigh on 3 March, said: "British-grown should be of interest to retailers because we're on a level playing field as far as exchange rates and price."
The pound is now at €1.15, which compares to €1.40 or more at the same time last year.

Caesar said reserves are similar to early 2016, when they were strong, though a slightly harder weather winter means plants are behind last year, "which is no bad thing". Caesar said primula and dianthus flowering was held back, whereas this time last year "we were picking flowers off".

He said sales of hebes and hellebores were strong this month and if there was no "bonkers" weather in the season, there was no reason why 2017 should not be a successful year for British growers.

He added: "The British Plant Fair is now well established as the must attend season opener for UK garden retailers looking to stock plant areas for the coming season. All of the plants being exhibited by 28 of the best growers in the UK will be available for delivery direct to retailer’s stores.

"With such a broad range of specialist growers exhibiting there will be a huge range of stock available from shrubs, trees conifers, climbers and fruit to herbaceous perennials, grasses, added value and bedding."

Doors will open at 10.00am on Thursday March 2 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. 

Exhibitors include: 

  • Allensmore Nurseries
  • Bransford Webbs Plant Co
  • Hawkesmill Nurseries
  • Chamberlain Nurseries
  • Chapel Cottage
  • Chessum Plants
  • David Austin Roses
  • Farplants Sales
  • Glendale Horticulture
  • Golden Grove Nursery
  • Hillier Nurseries
  • James McIntyre & Sons
  • John Richards Nurseries
  • Johnsons of Whixley
  • Kilworth Conifers
  • Kingfisher Nursery
  • Lovania Nurseries
  • M+J Gore
  • Manor Park Nurseries
  • New Leaf Plants
  • Nursery Fresh Plants
  • Oakgate Nurseries
  • Osberton Nurseries
  • Pickmere Perennials
  • Quality Ornamentals
  • Suttons Nurseries
  • The Plant Yard
  • Viking Nurseries
  • Whartons Nurseries
  • Wyevale Nurseries

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