Planteria section at Glee in Birmingham wins thumbs-up from growers

Growers exhibiting at Glee have responded positively to the new Planteria section at this year's Birmingham show.

Nurseries were provided with display benches in a dedicated area designed by Stagecraft Display, Timber Displays and Mike Hills Services. It allowed growers to display plants as they would be shown in a retail environment.

Quality Ornamentals general manager Paul Brooking, returning to Glee after a 10-year gap, said: "We have been happy with the quality of the visitors. We will come back next year to see how the word has spread about the Planteria and whether more people come. The overall quality has been good."

Kilworth Conifers owner Derek Spicer added: "You haven't really got enough nurseries here for plant buyers to come. We will only get people buying a range of things for garden centres."

Quantil marketing manager Mark Clementson said: "It has not been hugely busy, but we have seen a different kind of people."

Growers were generally optimistic about next year, and are seeing strong sales. Quality Ornamentals is 11 per cent up on last year. "There is no reason why we can't do well next year," said Brooking.

Whartons Nurseries sales manager Carl Wilson said rose sales were 17 per cent up on last year, while Darby Nursery Stock sales director Jane Darby added: "It's disappointing that having been 29 per cent up in April it dropped down again in the summer, but we are still three per cent ahead of last year."

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