Southern Growers show move to Roundstone Nurseries a success, say exhibitors and visitors

The Southern Growers Exhibition reported double the number of stands after moving to Roundstone Nurseries.

Around 700 people attended a revamped Southern Growers Exhibition at Roundstone Nurseries in West Sussex yesterday (11 November), with exhibitors and visitors enjoying an improved show.

Organiser Monro South representative Paul Roman said the show had made a successful move from Sandown Park Racecourse and would return to Roundstone Nurseries in 2010.

He added: "We are delighted. Bringing the show onto the nursery site poses different problems, but everything has gone well. Growers seem happier exhibiting in the glasshouses."

Growers including Kernock Park Plants, Seiont Nurseries, Delamore, New Place Nurseries, Pentland Plants and Earley Ornamentals were taking late reserves from buyers such as Garden Centre Group's Mark Sage.

The 120 stands were almost double last year's 65.

Among exhibitors saying they were having a successful show were Kings Seeds' new commercial development manager Ian Riggs, who has joined from Earley Ornamentals, Excel Horticulture's Les Lane, Quinton Edwards and the Commercial Horticulture Association.

Among visitors were garden writers Steve and Val Bradley, and Peter Seabrook, incoming GCA chairman Martin Stewart and former Roundstone Nurseries managing director Fred Milbourn, making his first visit since retiring six years ago.

More than 200 visitors took the chance to see Roundstone Nurseries' state-of-the-art growing facilities, which include 150,000 poinsettias ready to go to Sainsbury's.

See HW on 20 November for a profile of Roundstone managing director Peter Cook.


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