Four Oaks Preview - Business and technical workshops

An expanded programme of business and technical workshops will be on offer at this year's show, with something of interest to every category of visitor. The sessions start at 11am on Tuesday 4 September with a talk by Mark Chamberlain of Hallmark Power on the benefits renewable energy has to offer growers. He will cover wind turbines, solar panels, Feed-In Tariffs and anaerobic digestion.

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.

Seminar schedule

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.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

GroSouth 2017 update

GroSouth 2017 update

First-time and established exhibitors are preparing to showcase products and services at this year's show in West Sussex, Gavin McEwan reports.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Vine weevil

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Vine weevil

Avoid costly damage by this serious plant pest.


Opinion... Pepper breeders' wealth of knowledge

Opinion... Pepper breeders' wealth of knowledge

Peter Seabrook looks forward to garden centre pepper-tasting weekends.

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Accurate figures are notoriously difficult to get at, but without doubt the UK imports a great deal of its ornamental plant requirement.

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

Ornamentals ranking

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Tough retail pricing policies and Brexit opportunities drive the top 30 growth strategies.

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles