Four Oaks Preview: The best of horticulture

The ever-popular Four Oaks show features a variety of new plants and products from across the UK and Europe for the 2009 season.

Welcome again to the Four Oaks Trade Show preview, designed to give a taste of what will be on display at this year's event. Now in its 38th year, the show continues to grow from strength to strength and a host of exhibitors, familiar and new, will be exhibiting a diverse range of exciting plant introductions, product launches, service developments and more.

Over the coming 10 pages we highlight a selection of the latest introductions. Plants remain the prominent feature of the show, accounting for over 50 per cent of the 418 exhibiting companies, alongside associated supplies and services from production to point-of-sale. Exhibits will also include a wide range of glasshouse equipment and machinery from seeders and handling equipment to fully automated transplanting systems.

The past five years have seen steady growth in hardy nursery stock at the show, and with this comes a rise in hardy nursery stock producers from across the Continent. Last year 20 Italian nurseries were represented and all will be back again this year, joined by a group of 17 nurseries from Spain. In total, overseas exhibitors will again make up more than 30 per cent of the show.

Such a diverse range of exhibitors brings in a diverse range of visitors, including commercial growers, garden centres and retailers, farm shops, local authorities, landscapers, garden designers and florists. The show provides a combination of business and social activity, but above all it is a buying event, which is particularly attractive to grower retailers and independent garden centres.

No Four Oaks show is complete without the Four Oaks awards, which recognise the best of what the show has to offer. As hosts of the awards ceremony, we talk to past winners on p37 about the added benefits of winning an award and how it can help a business.

Bedding plants remain in focus strong focus too and Pat Coutts is pleased to welcome back Syngenta Seeds and Sakata Ornamentals after their absence last year, alongside other familiar names from the sector including Florema, Delamore, Ball Colegrave and Thompson and Morgan.

Over the coming - pages we highlight a selection of the latest introductions. For a look at the latest plant developments see out report on page ... For a round up of support services and non-plant product launches turn to page ... Organisers are again playing host to series workshops, on page ... we look at the hot topics being explored. The show welcomes back international retail consultant John Stanley who will be speaking alongside Plant Publicity Holland's Mark Long and Laverstoke Park agronomist Joel Williams.

SHOW DETAILS

Dates

The Four Oaks Trade Show 2008 takes places on 2 September and 3 September. The show will be open to visitors from 9am until 5pm on the 2 September and 9am until 4.30pm on the 3 September.

Location

Four Oaks Nurseries, Farm Lane, Lower Withington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DU

How to get there:


By car: 8km from junction 18 of the M6
By rail: 6km from Holmes Chapel railway station
By air: 16km from Manchester airport via the airport shuttle service

Further information see www.fouroaks-tradeshow.com/exhibition_gen_information.htm

Accommodation

Email tourism@congleton.gov.uk or call 01260 271095 quoting Four Oaks. In addition, there is a list of hotels posted on the Four Oaks website (see below).

General information

Show organiser Pat Coutts can be contacted on 01477 571392.

Alternatively, visit www.fouroaks-tradeshow.com


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