PLANT SUPPLIERS BUYERS GUIDE
Ornamental plant production nurseries, including hardy nursery stock, protected crops, cut flowers and bulbs.
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LBS Worldwide Ltd Nationwide
Gardener - Castle Fraser
The National Trust for Scotland Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
Assistant Park Supervisor
Argyll & Bute Council Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Nursery risk management is a bigger concern than ever because of exchange rate fluctuations caused by the 2016 Brexit vote and because ornamental growers are dealing with increasingly sophisticated retailer contracts.
Kolff Plants' Jacob Kolff says Defra and trade bodies such as the NFU and HTA are strongly promoting more self-sufficiency from British growers, and that is a good thing, but he warns that there is no magic quick way to increase UK production.
A "new plant of the year" award can mean a sales uplift from a few thousand to 100,000, but how do nurseries get showcased on the catwalk of the gardening industry?
The importance of horticultural science and of driving horticultural innovation were on the agenda for the second of three sessions with the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group on the future of horticulture post-Brexit.
Cost factors, ventilation benefits and the ability to fit new advanced films are some of the reasons behind the popularity of these structures, says Sally Drury.
Concerns over climate, light levels and seasonal variability can all be overcome by using LEDs and they can deliver production benefits, Sally Drury reports.
The right seeding and inputs are essential for keeping grass in top condition and ensuring that pitches look and perform at their best, says Sally Drury.
These useful plants are persistent, need little attention and offer striking colour combinations, says Miranda Kimberley.
This underused species could add to the diversity of our urban tree population, Miranda Kimberley discovers.
Stocking a wide range of these impressive flowers from early March until June can boost sales, Miranda Kimberley reports.
These useful shrubs can fill large spaces in borders and provide colourful foliage in the autumn, says Miranda Kimberley.
Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world