Forty years on from its launch and the Four Oaks Trade Show continues to smash all records. The largest event of its kind - which takes place on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 September at Four Oaks Nursery in Lower Withington, Cheshire - officially sold out last week, a fortnight before it was due to open.
So if you are planning a trip to the show this year, with 460 exhibitors to see, make sure you bring your sturdiest pair of show-pounding shoes.
There will be plenty that is new to see - not least 180 brand new exhibitors taking part in the show this year. Meanwhile, show director Pat Coutts says this year the newly extended exhibition area House E (fully booked) has a really super range of both plant and manufactured products on show.
It covers the garden centre and landscape markets. Elho (planters), Oscar Tintori (citrus plants), Dutch Imports (garden ornaments) and Anchor Fast Products (garden furniture) are just a few of the larger stands in the new area. The Garden Industry Manufacturers' Association will also be exhibiting.
All that adds up to a show that will be even bigger and better than ever for visitors looking to catch up on the latest plant introductions and product developments.
Our preview pages give a taste of many of the plant introductions that will be taking place at the show as well as the latest product developments for growers, garden centres and landscapers on show.
This year, the Four Oaks seminar programme, which takes place on Tuesday 7 September, will kick off with Fargro's Dr Paul Sopp speaking on biopesticides and their role in the future of crop protection at 11am.
At 12.30pm, leading retail consultant Eve Tigwell will explore how garden centres can create effective Christmas displays. Later at 2pm, Rob Ward of the Food Marketing Network will look at the potential for food retailing in garden centres.
Official media partner to the show Horticulture Week is once again 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 further details about getting to the show and a location map, see www.fouroaks-tradeshow.com
When: 7-8 September
Where: Four Oaks Nurseries, Lower Withington, Cheshire