Squire’s Garden Centre hosted their first ever "Plant Supplier Show" on 12 February in West Horsley, Surrey. 35 suppliers came from all over the UK and abroad to showcase their latest plants to the Squire’s team.
Employees from the 15 Squire’s Garden Centres came to meet the suppliers, and were able to see at first-hand the plants that will soon be on sale to customers.
Deputy chairman Sarah Squire said: "This was a truly inspirational show, and we are very grateful to all our suppliers who attended and to our teams for making the time to come along in force. We all had a wonderful day and it was such a treat to see some of the superb quality plants available to our centres as well as the exciting new plants for spring 2015. I think we all came away with great enthusiasm for the season and having learned something new."
All 15 Squire’s Garden Centres were asked to vote for their "best" supplier in two categories – Hardy and Bedding.
Bridge Nursery won the "Hardy Plant Supplier of the Year" award, due to the excellent quality of their plants and their informative point of sale materials. Pete and Steve Lodge picked up the award from plant buyer Tim Jacob.
The "Bedding Plant Supplier of the Year" award was won by Bryants Nurseries. Holly McNeil, bedding supervisor at Squire’s in Hersham said: "Bryants are a super company, and the customer service is truly excellent the whole way through the process; from Caroline Shove, who is wonderful, to the delivery drivers, who are so helpful. Excellent stock quality, good communication, and quick turn-around of orders, and even Sunday deliveries. Who could want more?"