Bumper awards presented at packed Four Oaks Trade Show event

A plant hailed by judges as a "stunning, eye catching flower" with a name that "perfectly captures" it's look and the ability to stand out in any garden or garden centre display, took the Best Bedding or Pot Plant award at this year's Four Oaks Trade Show Awards.

Petunia 'Night Sky'
Petunia 'Night Sky'
The plant is Petunia 'Night Sky' from Ball Colegrave who were one of eight exhibitors to take home winners awards - and nine to take home high commendations - at the event hosted by Horticulture Week on the first day of the show.

Among the other winners were XL Horticulture which took home the best professional product or services award for its Sun Master Cool, and Phytolux which won the award for technical excellence for its Attis Panel LED.

The awards were judged by Garden Centre Association chief executive Iain Wylie, HW technical editor Sally Drury and HW editor Kate Lowe who presented the winners with their trophies at the special after show reception attended by more than 200 exhibitors.

Two presentations were also made at the event on behalf of the British Protected Ornamentals Association by the BPOA's Tracey Dunn who joined Lowe to hand out the awards which went to Blue Ribbon Plants for Home Grown Grower of the Year and Hillier Garden Centres & Nurseries for Home Grown Garden Centre of the Year.

A special report on all the winners will appear in Horticulture Week magazine on 30th September. 

Four Oaks Trade Show Awards Winners in Full

Best Nursery Stock Introduction

Winner: Wyevale Nurseries for Salvia 'Love & Wishes'

Highly Commended:  De Jong Plant for Hydrangea 'Ruby Tuesday'

HC:  GC Stolwijk for Photinia 'Pink Crispy'

Best Bedding or Pot Plant

Winner:  Ball Colegrave for Petunia 'Night Sky'

HC:  Channel Island Plants for Petunia Happy Magic Cremissimo

HC:  Ball Colegrave for Osteospermum '3D' Series

Best Professional Product or Service

Winner:  XL Horticulture for Sun Master Cool

HC:  Wrap It Packaging for Nano 6 Trolley and Pallet Wrap

Best Professional Equipment

Winner:  Northern Polytunnnels for Polytunnel Roof Fan

Award for Technical Excellence

Winner:  Phytolux for Attis Panel LED

HC:  Certis for Botanigard WP and Majestik Bio-insecticide Synergy

Most Innovative Stand

Winner:  Moles Seeds

HC: Lovania Nurseries

Best Overseas Stand

GC Stolwijk

Best Retail Product

Winner: Remin (Scotland) Remin Volcanic Rock Dust

HC: Howard Nurseries for bagged bare root Irises

HC: Mr Fothergill's Seeds for Jekka's Herbs range

BPOA Home Grown Award presentations

BPOA Home Grown Grower of the Year:  Blue Ribbon Plants

BPOA Home Grown Garden Centre of the Year:  Hillier Garden Centres & Nurseries

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