A study day put together by the HDC and IPPS in association with Fargro, GroSouth and West Sussex Nursery Stock Discussion Group, and which is to take place on 12th November, has proved such a draw it is already oversubscribed.
The event includes nursery visits, a practical weed control workshop and early evening grower talks on the theme of plant propagation.
Also running in conjunction with the GroSouth show which takes place on 13th November is a Grow Careers day targeted at students and individuals seeking a career in production horticulture. This event is also fully booked.
As part of the mentoring experience organisers aim to arrange meetings with some of the companies who are attending the show and have called this part of the day 'business connections'.
One of the organisers, David Hide, said: "We have put this together with wide level of industry support and is in part West Sussex’s response to the RHS document ‘Horticulture Matters’ and is a continuation of the piece aired on Countryfile earlier this year."
He added: "Students will have the opportunities to meet business where potentially there might be job opportunities."
At the HDC-IPPS Study Day, Mike Norris and Andy Mount will talk about propagation at New Place Nurseries. John Atwood from ADAS will hold a weed control seminar and Tom Wozniak from JT Phormiums will talk on manipulating the rooting environment.
DHS Horticulture's David Hutchinson will speak on water management on behalf of IPPS. Walberton Nurseries' Tim Lawrance Owen and Mike Wainwright will speak on propagation under polythene.
Kees Eigenraam from Rhizopon will speak on rooting hormone selection and use at Fargro, while Fargro's John Summer will talk about propagation growing media selection. Atwood will speak about life after Ronstar and Susie Holmes will talk on young plant nutrition.
See GroSouth Preview and more in HW, 8 November.