Greenfingers to organise February/March plant fairs

Cash-and-carry nursery Greenfingers will be holding two plant fairs next spring, following on from the first event, held in September, which managing director Alan Beaumont hailed as a great success.

The two-day sample fair in September took place at the company's site in Kenilworth, and it was modelled on the Greendirect show in Holland.

Plants were categorised by type, from A to Z, and are set out on the greenhouse floor instead of on trolleys. More than 30 growers, including Europlants and James Coles, supplied plants.

Beaumont said about 150 retail- nursery and garden-centre buyers, including visitors from Devon, Hampshire and Cheshire, attended the day, with 75 orders placed. "Orders ranged from two lorries supplied by one nursery to three shelves worth sold by a small specialist nursery."

Europlants managing director Renato Canale said: "We will be behind the spring fairs 100 per cent. What made this event different in the UK market is that it offered products from different European countries under one roof."

The spring fairs will take place on 25-26 February and in March (date to be confirmed). They will cover a larger area than this year's fair, off-site parking will be provided and a new computer system installed.

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