Four Oaks Trade Show Awards 2017: the Winners

A hardy hibiscus with huge flowers up to 18cm across - BIG HibisKISS from Diderk Heinje - has taken the award for Best Nursery Stock Introduction at the Four Oaks Trade Show Awards.

BIG HibisKISS from Diderk Heinje, winner of Best Nursery Stock Introduction at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017 - Image: HW
BIG HibisKISS from Diderk Heinje, winner of Best Nursery Stock Introduction at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017 - Image: HW

Meanwhile a brand new pelargonium in the grandiflorum line – Pelargonium Pinkerbell from Elsner PAC - took Best New Bedding & Pot Plant Introduction.  USP Creation’s self watering vertical planting system Wonderwall scooped the Best New Retail Product Award.

The packed awards presentation hosted by show media partner Horticulture Week saw more than 200 of the show’s top exhibitors gather to find out who had won this year’s coveted awards.

An award was handed out for the Best Professional Product or Service – this went to Mardenkro, for Anti Condens, supplied in the UK by Fargro and described by judges as: "A simple solution to preventing droplet formation inside the greenhouse".

Taking the award for Technical Excellence was Excelerate for its tough ventilated film and coreless film and wrapping machine. Best Professional Equipment meanwhile went to Ripple Aquaplast’s Feed Rig. Zenflora and Channel Island Plants took the show stand awards.

Judges this year were Sally Drury ,technical editor, Horticulture Week , John Adlam, director, Dove Associates and Mark Laver, general manager, Worfield Plants.

Winners, High Commendations and Judges Comments

Retail Product Winner: USP Creations for Wonderwall (pictured above)

Judge's comment: "This high tech self watering planting system could turn the garden into the best room in your home."

Technical Excellence Winner: Excelerate for Excelair and the Coreless Film and Wrapping Machine (pictured above)

Judge's comment: "Excelair is a tough ventilated film that is kind to plants while the coreless film and wrapping machine take the weight and the waste out of the danish trolley wrapping task."

Best Professional Product or Service Winner: Mardenkro for Anti Condens (pictured above), supplied in the UK by Fargro.

Judge's comment: "A simple solution to preventing droplet formation inside the greenhouse"

Best Professional Equipment Winner: Ripple Aquaplast for Feed Rig

Judge's comment: "Combines accurate dosing with a precision level of control over the growing environment for a very affordable price"

High Commendation: Agralan for Birchmeier A50 Trolley Sprayer

Judge's comment: "Quite and fume free, the battery lasts for 14 hours or 1300 litres of application drawing a 150 litre tank at pressures adjustable from 1 to 10

Best Bedding Introduction Winner: Pelargonium Pinkerbell (pictured above) – Elsner PAC

Judge's comment: "Nice and compact, full of flower, and a lovely colour"

High commendation: Earley Ornamentals for Petchoa Supercal ‘Light Yellow’

Judge's comment: "The vivid high density light yellow colour really stands out"

High commendation: Thompson & Morgan for Bidens ‘Stop Light’

Judge's comment: "Easy to grow in the garden and will look stunning"

Nursery stock introduction: Winner: Diderk Heinje for BIG HibisKISS

Judge's comment: "The size of the flower is absolutely stunning for what is a familiar plant"

High Commendation: Baptisia ‘Vanilla Cream’ - Rijnbeek and Son Perennials 

Judge's comment: "The structure & colour is unique"

High Commendation: Ball Colegrave for Dianthus F1 Rockin’ Red

Judge's comment: "It’s completely hardy and the vivid colour really is dynamite"

Best International Stand: Zenflora

Most innovative stand: Channel Island Plants


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