Kent plant fair aims to boost local nurseries

A plant fair at Great Comp Garden in Kent will showcase plants from specialist and award winning nurseries from across the South East.

The ‘Spring Fling’ plant fair, held this year on Sunday 14 April, aims to offer specialist growers the opportunity to sell plants despite difficult economic times.

Pine View Plants owner and chair of Great Comp Trustees Colin Moat said: "The number of specialist nurseries are diminishing. There are some extremely good nurseries and nursery people, remarkably knowledgeable and experienced, who struggle to make a living.  

"Without these plant fairs a lot of small specialist nurseries wouldn't exist, a large number of plants wouldn't be available and the impact on the public would continue to be: lack of choice.

"Specialists quite often sell plants at these events produced in the local area (therefore suitable to local conditions) providing completely different plants unavailable anywhere else. In addition they can access the knowledge from the plantsman on the day."

'Spring Fling' 2013 will feature among others: Usual & Unusual Plants from Hailsham, East Sussex, Laurels Nursery, Benenden, Pine view Plants, Sevenoaks, Plant Base from East Sussex, Rose Cottage Plants from Essex, Madrona from Bethersden in Kent.

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