Garden Centre Fresh takes 150 garden centre buyers to Netherlands

Garden Centre Fresh has held its annual trade show at Tradeparc Westland in Honselerdijk in the Netherlands and attracted more than 150 visitors from all over the UK and Ireland.

The third annual event saw more than 200 trolleys of continental stock available for immediate delivery and to pre-book, having been sourced by managing director Paul Moors from all over Europe.

He said: "We had our exclusive 12cm herbs from Albenga on show which have been grown for us and come presented in our own green pots and trays. We have even had bespoke labels designed in English to aid sales into the UK market".

Selected visitors, including buyers from Van Hage, Longacres, RHS, and Hillier Garden Centres saw an overview of offers, some of which were exclusive to Garden Centre Fresh.

Malcolm Berry, senior buyer for the RHS Plant Centres said: "It was a very enjoyable show with good quality stock, some of it quite different to your normal Dutch lines. It was a very useful trip and we took advantage of some really good value deals."

Guests saw Buxus trimming demonstrations by Garden Centre Fresh’s box grower, as well as an insight into their new added value ranges geared up for Mother’s Day, Easter and Father’s Day sales. 

Garden Centre Fresh’s grower partners were exhibiting at the show, including Fruithof, F.N Kempen bv, Amigra, Opti-flor, Floribras, Ripaplant, Meko Hulsebosch and TopBuxus. Part of the show itinerary included a coach trip to one of Garden Centre Fresh’s main partners - Acer grower van Son & Koot.

The show coincided with the new Garden Centre Fresh webshop launch which gives customers access to thousands of indoor and outdoor plants at the click of a button.

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