Clapp, lead plant buyer for the 120-centre chain, said: "We are really excited by the HTA's National Plant Show. For us, it's a really important indicator of the strength of the British nursery stock market and we've actively encouraged all of our suppliers to exhibit.
"We feel this is such an important event that over the two days of the show we will be taking more than 130 people to Stoneleigh. We're really looking forward to meeting our suppliers, potential new suppliers and seeing some of the new plant ranges that will be launched there."
Notcutts plant buyer Colin Dale said British-grown plants were a draw for his buyers: "A new British plant show will be of great interest to us because we wish to work as partners with British nurseries. The timing is also better because it allows more time for forward planning. As ever quality, service and pricing will be key elements in our decision-making."
Coolings managing director Gary Carvosso agreed: "Supporting British growers now will pay dividends later on, otherwise UK retail horticulture could all end up selling a relatively narrow and similar range of continental stock."
- For further details on the show, visit www.nationalplantshow.co.uk.