South West Growers Show celebrates record turnout

Growers and retailers turned out in force among the record-breaking 1,200 attendance at last week's South West Growers Show, held in Exeter.

The show, which attracted more than 100 exhibitors, was hailed a success by show committee chairman Mark Taylor, although he was disappointed by local authority turnout.

"It's fantastic that the show has been so warmly received by both exhibitors and visitors," said Taylor. "Local authorities were, unfortunately, conspicuous by their absence. They are running very lean and with minimum staff."

For the visitors attending, the show provided the ideal venue to meet key growers and horticultural suppliers as well as being a place to source the latest plant introductions and products.

Among the exhibitors reporting strong interest at the show was Scotts. Marketing manager Dave Steward said: "The show proved an excellent platform for us and our iGro programme. It was well received and we are confident we will reap rewards from attending."

Among the new plants, Petunia 'Pretty Almost Picaso' picked up the prize for best new plant. The award, sponsored by Horticulture Week, was received by Kernock Park Plants managing director Bruce Harnett. "We are very pleased it has been recognised as a best in class and hope the award will play a part in its success," he said.

The runner-up in the best new plant category was Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' from West Kington Nurseries.

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