Kildate Grower's Trade Show - Awards for new products and innovative creations

Illuminated pots, an edger that can also dig trenches and a new plant variety that is a twist on an old favourite were among some of the winners of the awards at the Kildare Growers' Trade Show last week.

Lemonfield Pottery was presented with the Best Product Stand award for creating a darkened "theatre" area to showcase the company's Illuminations Collection pot range. The containers for outdoor use are lit from within.

Outside the theatre, Lemonfield also set up a brightly coloured potting station and cafe area to suggest a new concept for garden centres. Representative Avril O'Sullivan said: "The idea is that a customer can bring their own pot to the garden centre or buy one there and come to the station where staff can advise them what's suitable for planting in it. Then the customer can choose plants and have them potted up immediately."

The Turf Teq Power Edger introduced by Groundscare Products was judged the best new product. The machine can define grass edges but can also be used to dig channels of various widths and depths.

Groundscare Products managing director Paul Errington said: "As far as I know it's unique. There are other edgers but you have to pull the machine and walk backwards. This one is powered and you walk forwards with it."

The Northern Liner Company won the Best New Plant award for Photinia serratifolia 'Corrolina'. Kildare Growers chairman and judge John Joe Costin said it was the "outstanding" plant of the category. "It looked like it had been grown outside. It was bushy, with good colour and is an improvement on photinias currently on the market."

O'Dowds Nurseries was also given the Best New Plant Stand award for "superb quality roses" and "excellent colour co-ordination," according to Costin.

Dutch firm Quadraad Plants Plus was commended for the most original stand with an artistic display of orchids in decorative bowls on white shelving against black backgrounds.


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