Garden Expo and the National Plant Show offer alternative for Glee growers in 2010

Glee is under threat from rival shows for 2010 as growers consider their exhibition options for next year over the next month.

Glee director Dan Thurlow said organisers Emap are reducing exhibitor costs for 2010 but new rival HTA-backed show Garden Expo and the National Plant Show (Stoneleigh 28-30 June 2010) will begin recruiting in earnest now Glee has finished.

HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe said: "Only a handful of growers were there. Some made useful contacts but they will evaluate after the show. The majority of growers are asking for the National Plant Show. Reduced early bird rates for it end in October so we will be recruiting hard before then."

Garden Expo senior sales consultant Jonathan Kirk said many growers and suppliers said they would try the National Plant Show and Garden Expo but may also stay with Glee for 2010.

Wyevale Nurseries sales and marketing director Doug Reade said:  "We booked Glee relatively late this year but we have seen some good people.  We will have to wait until the end of the show to see how good it was before we make any decisions about next year."

John Woods marketing manager Jo Davey said:  "We have had a good show so we are happy.  At this stage it is too early to make any decisions about next year."

Several growers said they would wait and see how the HTA show shaped up and were waiting to see what offers Glee gave for 2010.


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