Party for Perennial is "must-attend event" for canny industry networkers

With just two days' to go before this year's Party for Perennial, business leaders have been sharing why they think it is a unique and valuable event for them and their businesses.

A private villa and a palm-fringed beach. Top prize at Thursday's Party for Perennial.
A private villa and a palm-fringed beach. Top prize at Thursday's Party for Perennial.

The event brings together people from all horticulture sectors including landscapers, nursery owners, garden designers, arborists, growers, suppliers, groundscare professionals and others – reflecting the wide range of people that Perennial helps.

Taking place this Thursday at The Barbican, London, the annual event is now firmly established as "a must-attend" event, according to Crowders Nurseries owner Robert Crowder.

"I look forward to meeting industry colleagues in a congenial and fun environment," he said. "As a proactive personal supporter of Perennial and a Gold Perennial Partner, I value the opportunity to network with a wide variety of like-minded people many of whom are also active supporters. I look forward to meeting many of our business partners and catching up with them at the start of a new year."

Managing director of Landform Consultants Mark Gregory agreed, saying the party had become "a must" in his diary.

"The timing is perfect to banish the January blues, it is a great laugh and a unique opportunity to catch up with a very wide cross range of industry players all in party mood, rarely in a room all together. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun but a chance to network which in my opinion is a vital way to find out what’s hot and what is not," he said.

Co-founder of Bowles & Wyer, John Wyer said: "There is always such a great range of people at the Perennial Party. I can think of very few events where you get such a wide cross-section of the industry.

And managing director of CED Stone Group Giles Heap said: "The annual Party is a fantastic opportunity for us to catch up with old friends and make some new ones while raising both awareness and funds for Perennial." 

There are still a few tickets left for the party, hosted by James Alexander-Sinclair, priced at £55 each or £100 for two. Garden designer Andrew Fisher-Tomlin will run an auction and raffle with the top prize of a seven night stay for two in a private deluxe villa with private pool on the Indonesian island of Bali (pictured). The stay at Aleesha Villas includes breakfast as well as numerous trips and visits to take in the surrounding towns, markets and historic sites.

The 2016 Party raised over £30,000 for Perennial, the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping all horticulturists and their families in times of crisis.

For garden designer Butter Wakefield, the party has always been "a happy occasion with everyone from our very special industry in attendance".  

The 2017 event is sponsored by CED Stone Group, Bulldog Tools, the HTA, Bulrush, The Landscape Show and Sodexo Horticultural Services, and is supported by media partner Horticulture Week. For the full list of auction and raffle prizes, visit the Party for Perennial event page.  

For more information and to book tickets click here.






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