Camolin Potting Shed wins best nursery exhibit at Bloom 2010

Herbaceous perennial and ornamental grass grower Camolin Potting Shed has won gold and 'best in show' for nursery exhibitors at the Bloom 2010 show in Dublin.

Camolin Potting Shed. Image: HW
Camolin Potting Shed. Image: HW

The County Wexford grower was one of three nurseries awarded gold in an extremely upbeat floral marquee where growers reported booming sales.

Chairman of the Irish Specialist Nursery Association and Owner of Camolin Potting Shed Gerry Harford said: "This show has been great for small and specialist nurseries like us.  Last year our sales were up 15-20% per show and that was in the middle of a recession.  If this show continues to be as busy as it is on the opening morning, then we could break that."

Gerry Harford

Dickonsia Direct and Thompson & Morgan also won gold for their nursery exhibits in a field still acclimatising to the judging criteria, based broadly on those used by the RHS.

TV gardener James Alexander-Sinclair visited the show for the first time this year to judge the marquee exhibits. He said:  "The standard is not the best but we are used to judging at shows like Chelsea and with new shows like this you have to have understanding.  Some of the exhibits were fine and some looked a bit disgruntled but then that's going to be the same at any show."

Nursery winners


  • Camolin Potting Shed
  • Dicksonia Direct
  • Thompson & Morgan
  • Silver-Gilt
  • Irish Water Plants
  • Kilmurry Nursery
  • Mount Venus Nurseries
  • Peninsula Primulas
  • Shady Plants
  • Stonecrop Herbs



  • Sydney Conneff Herbaceous Perennials
  • Devine Nurseries
  • Ed-Orchid - The Indoor Plant Store
  • Leamore Nursery



  • Glens Garden
  • Harrington Exotics
  • Heritage Bulbs
  • Long Life Plants
  • Plants Direct
  • Two Lions Garden Plants


For full coverage of the Bloom Show see HW 11/06

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