Ornamentals event fills up

The future of ornamental plant growing is the focus of the NFU's 29 October event at Stoneleigh.

Minette Batters
Minette Batters

BPOA interim chairman Simon Davenport said: "We are very excited about the range and quality of the nine speakers for the meeting, covering everything from government policy through LED lighting to consumer research and the future of garden centre marketing. Attendance is similar to last year and there are still some places available."

He will introduce 'what we will grow and how', before NFU deputy president Minette Batters gives the keynote speech, followed by Richard Petri of Selecta Klemm on meeting the consumers' needs as a plant breeder and Alastair Griffiths on the RHS five-year science strategy.

Thomas Rubaek will speak on LEDs and plant growing and Robert Wacker from Floramedia will talk about on plant marketing concepts post 2020.

Hills Brothers' Greg Hill will introduce the 'how and where will we sell it' session, featuring Graham Dunn from Cresco on dealing with multiples, David Arnold on the Garden Industry Marketing Board, Jack Ward on agri-tech and Julian Winfield on the future of garden centre retail.


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