A solar-powered nursery hot-water system from Skaino Services that was described by judges as a model system for the future took the overall prize for "best of the best" at Tuesday's Four Oaks Trade Show Awards.
With 138 entries from the exhibitors it was the biggest competition yet seen at the event. The large number of entries also reflected a record-breaking exhibitor attendance at the show this year, which featured 474 suppliers in total.
The judging panel for the awards consisted of garden writer Graham Clarke (chair), consultant Eve Tigwell and Grosvenor Garden Centre's Pete Davis.
The winners were presented with their awards at an event hosted by Horticulture Week at the show on Tuesday evening.
Awards Photo Gallery
Four Oaks Trade Show - Awards Winners and Highly Commended
Overall Winner: Skaino Services Bedding & Pot Plant
Winner: Gootjes-Allplant, Rudbeckia fulgida 'Little Goldstar'
Runner-up: Young Plants, Geranium Salsarita series
Professional Products & Services
Winner: Everris, Plant Trust Phytophthora Prevention
Runner-up: Fargro, Met 52 + Met 52 Granular vine weevil control
Winner: Vital Earth, Vitalizer
Runner-up: Lubera AG, Apple Redlove Era
Winner: Wyevale Nurseries, Salvia Amistad
Runner-up: Darby Nursery Stock, Salvia Amistad and Genesis Plant Marketing, Anemone 'Wild Swan'
Winner: Skaino Services, hot water solar system
Runner-up: Flowering Plants, Robust Hose Trolley
Winner: William Sinclair Horticulture, new growing media
Runner-up: Garden Lighting Solutions, Roma Light
Most Innovative Exhibit
Best Overseas Exhibit