Then at 12.30pm The Sun gardening editor and HW columnist Peter Seabrook will discuss the latest plant introductions that can help the garden industry extend the season. "Nurserymen can now supply year-round flower colour to gardeners thanks to modern plant breeding," he says. "Sheltered suburban gardens can have anemones in flower from November to March, hardy petunias from April and autumn/winter blooming, scented wall flowers that flower again in Spring."
Carel Pronk of Luiten Screening & Saarlucon Greenhouses and Paul Arkesteijn of Ludvig Svensson will give a talk on screen and shading installations at 2pm. Wednesday's sessions start at 11am with an HDC Technical Seminar on getting the best from your sprayer, by John Adlam of Dove Associates. He will look at maintenance and calibration, product tank mixes and correct adjuvant selection. The focus will be on powered trolley sprayers and knapsacks.
At 12.30pm The Garden Works directors John Connel and Kevin Waters will present a bite-sized session on in-store training and how best to address the most commonly asked questions. They will return for another session at 1pm looking at how garden centres can make the ideas and products they have picked up at the show really stand out.
Tuesday 4 September
11-11.30am Renewable Energy - Benefits to Your Business Mark Chamberlain, Hallmark Power
12.30-1pm Recent Plant Introductions to Extend the Gardening Season Peter Seabrook, garden writer
2-2.30pm Make Light Work for You Carel Pronk, Luiten Screening & Saarlucon Greenhouses and Paul Arkesteijn, Ludvig Svensson
Wednesday 5 September
11am-noon HDC Technical Seminar: Getting the Best from Your Sprayer John Adlam, Dove Associates
12.30-1pm Bite-Sized Training John Connel & Kevin Waters, The Garden Works
1-1.30pm Start/Stop Strategies John Connel & Kevin Waters, The Garden Works.