Hillier open days offer inspiration

Hillier Nurseries' chairman Robert Hillier has emphasised the importance of the three P's - politics, promotion and plants:

He said: "Following Brexit, there is a real opportunity for the British horticultural industry right now, to produce more plant material in this country. We should be encouraging all of our customers to love plants the way that we do. For Hillier, our presence at RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an opportunity to do that by showing that there are plants to suit every individual."



Head of wholesale Sarah Mills added: "We are all about product, innovation, quality, distribution, merchandising and pricing and winning the hearts of our customers by nurturing our valued partnerships."

Hillier has seen a 14.5% nursery sales increase since September.

Hillier Chelsea Flower Show designer Sarah Eberle said she was hoping for a treble double of golds from 2015-2017, adding: "Creating a show garden is about creating a living message about a company. It requires constant creative problem solving – I think of it as a series of sub stories that combine to make a sophisticated final novel of a garden. My expectation for the 2017 Hillier Chelsea garden is for the whole thing to be a ‘wow’ with magnificent plants."

Coppoce Garden Centre's Alastair Pyle said: "This is the third time I’ve been to a Hillier Nurseries Open Day. The team put on a fantastic display of plants and I’ve had opportunities to speak with amazing industry figures like Alan Postill and Sarah Eberle, as well as discussing trends with other garden centre owners. For me, this has definitely surpassed the previous open days and is a credit to the Hillier team."


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