Lovania and Blackmoor Nurseries scoop awards at HTA National Plant Show

Lovania Nurseries and Blackmoor Nurseries have won best plant display, and the visitor vote for best new plant respectively at the HTA National Plant Show.

The main feature in the Lovania display was a dining table with an alpine centre piece complete with place settings consisting of garden trowels and forks for cutlery and lighting around the edge of the table.

Along with a water feature, a planted chest of drawers and alpine cupcakes the display had many features which could be easily replicated in a garden centre setting providing cross-selling opportunities.

Bransford Webbs Plant Company, Channel Island Plants and Pentland Plants were all highly commended in the plant display category.

Presenting the awards judge Ian Boardman said: "The standard of displays at the show was top notch with the quality of plants exceptional – all credit to British growers. There were plenty of show stoppers and great examples of inspirational merchandising that could easily be replicated within garden centres.

"The display from Lovania with such attention to detail, particularly in the table setting feature, was a worthy winner. A display such as this, even on a smaller scale, is sure to stop customers in their tracks and create a great talking point."  The other judges were Mike Wyatt from Garden Trade News and Marcus Cousins from Aylett Nurseries.

Blackmoor Nurseries’ Mini Cherry ‘Cinderella’ was voted best new plant by visitors in a contest sponsored by Floramedia and also took the best tree award.

Begonia F1 ‘Majestic Sunburst’ by Ball Colegrave took best annual with best houseplant going to Phalaenopsis ‘HTA Happy Summer’ by Garden Centre Fresh

The Hydrangea ‘Black Diamond’ series ‘Baroque Angel’ by Profitplant (Batchmere) was named best shrub and climber.

Visitors judged Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ by Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery as best herbaceous perennial.

Dancing Flame won the judged new plant awards yesterday.

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