With a record number of exhibitors set to attend next month's Four Oaks Trade Show — more than 440 growers and providers of products and services to the sector were booked at time of going to press — the event will be bigger and better than ever for visitors looking to catch up on the latest plant introductions and product developments.
Late additions to the show — which takes place on Tuesday 8 September and Wednesday 9 September at Four Oaks Nurseries in Lower Withington, Cheshire — include Whiterigg Alpines, Porters Horticultural, Nostell Priory Roses, Hillview Nurseries, Kelly Nurseries, FMK Young Plants, S Lockwood & Son and British Wild Flower Plants.
This year, the Four Oaks seminar programme has been expanded. Kicking off the retail day on Tuesday morning at 10am will be Four Oaks stalwart John Stanley, who will be talking on the day's theme — marketing nursery stock when the rules have changed. He will be followed by Miriam Young of Planting Stories at 11am, Neil Grant of Ferndale Garden Centre and Bruce Harnett and Mark Taylor of Kernock Park Plants at 11.45am and Frank Newberry at 12.30pm. Stanley will be back at 1.15pm, followed by a debate on the future chaired by John Whitehead at 2.15pm.
On Wednesday it is landscape day and John Gillan of Premier One (Land Services), a former chairman of BALI, will be talking at 12pm on how to survive the recession, followed by an introduction to the industry body at 2pm.
Finally, Horticulture Week is delighted to be hosting the Four Oaks Trade Show Awards — with the winners' presentation taking place at a special reception for exhibitors after the exhibition closes for the day on Tuesday at 5pm.
For more details about getting to the show and a location map, visit the Four Oaks Trade Show website at www.fouroaks-tradeshow.com.
Date 8-9 September
Where Four Oaks Nurseries, Lower Withington, Cheshire