Plant health and feel good factor prompt growers to exhibit at Glee

Nurseries showing at the retail trade show Glee taking place in Birmingham next month say they are meeting demand from garden centres for new UK-grown plants to beat plant health issues - and to restock after a good season.

Hillier managing director Chris Francis said: "Given all of the plant security issues it seems a good idea to get a couple of our new sales managers (Adam Dorber and Peter Henshaw), in a place where all the key people in the UK garden centre industry will be, to show what a good proposition a UK grown quality range of plants is."

Craigmarloch Nurseries' Dougie Moore said: "We found a number of suppliers expressing an interest after the HTA National Plant Show this year, mainly because of the good season most areas of the UK have had there is a feel good factor within the industry at the moment.  Our main reason for exhibiting is to promote our Scottish-grown heathers to the English market.  Kingfisher Nurseries, one of the main suppliers of heathers to the UK trade, finished trading at the end of June and we are hoping to offer our products and fill the gap which they have left."

Farplants will be showcasing their 2017 Christmas range in "The Green Heart of Glee" zone. As well as their festive best-sellers, they have new themes and formats inspired by this years’ trends.

Added value manager Andy Harding said: "Our new themes perfectly embody this years’ trends, from sparkle lights and stunning zinc to a touch of rustic charm, the new materials and styling will ensure all Christmas shoppers are spoilt for choice."

Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: "We are exhibiting at GLEE again this year armed with our Promotions Catalogue for 2018 and samples of the new promotions we have launched within it. Featured on the stand will be Morus rotundiloba ‘Mojo Berry’ a brand-new Mulberry variety. Winner of the new plant award at Chelsea this year, we will be the first to produce a commercial crop in 2018. This tasty new introduction is a dwarf variety, self-pollinating and produces fruit from May through to autumn.

"Also on show will be Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Zoe’ a stunning variegated alstroemeria with brilliant red flowers, such a show stopper! For customers with a more delicate palate Allium ‘Millennium’ is sure to delight. Millennium offers an endless display of lilac pink globe flowers over clump forming, strappy dark green leaves. The epitome of grace and beauty."

Other exhibitors include Channel Island Plants, Darby Nursery Stock, Javado, Kilworth, Golden Grove, James McIntyre. Thompson & Morgan is also returning to the show.

Glee opened up the atrium, offering free exhibition space to growers in 2014 after the show moved location within the NEC.

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