The Spirit of Four Oaks - giving exhibitors a platform

The virtual exhibitor guide is filling the gap left after the cancellation of this year’s trade show, says Matthew Appleby.

The Four Oaks Trade Show will be an online showcase this year after the UK’s top commercial horticulture show was forced to cancel the September event - its 50th anniversary — because of the coronavirus crisis. The 2020 Spirit of Four Oaks virtual exhibitor guide will bring the industry together in the absence of a physical show this year. The guide allows exhibitors to have a platform to showcase their plants, services and products to visitors in 2020.

Platinum partner

Fargro is platinum partner. The Arundel-based firm offers support to horticultural businesses. Whether that means quick delivery of the highest-quality and most reliable growing media, materials and equipment, advice on increasing yield, keeping pests at bay and protecting your plants, access to flexible financial solutions and energy services, Fargro can help you.

Professional growers in the Fargro community are able to tap into the company’s specialist expertise by calling to get tailored advice by phone or requesting an expert visit to their premises. Fargro is a specialist importer and supplier of decorative pots, planters, baskets and gifts for retailers, garden centres and growers.

For many years, Fargro has been leading the way in providing the most effective modern methods of protecting against pests in a sustainable way with minimal environmental impact. It is respected as the UK’s leading supplier of biological crop protection and integrated pest management products for horticulture. Contact the customer services team on 01903 721591.

Spirit of Four Oaks

Horticulture Week is the Four Oaks Trade Show media partner.

For details on how to exhibit, please email

Visit the virtual Four Oaks Trade Show at, where the Plant of the Year awards will also be hosted.


Gold partners

Southern Trident is a UK company with strong roots in India that offers a high-quality coir-based growing medium direct from source to market in a seamless, fully Southern Trident-managed operation through its brand Coco & Coir. Sustainability is at the heart of its foundation, and at the core of its philosophy lies the belief that the coconut is the perfect crop for the consumer and the environment as well as meeting its company values — green today, greener tomorrow. Coco & Coir Peat-Free growing media blocks are being relaunched with its striking new designs and in robust recyclable and biodegradable packaging.

Working in partnership with customers and hand-in-hand with nature, ICL takes great pride in the integrity and precision of its world-class product portfolios and strives to remain an open and customer-orientated organisation. Its leading brands include Osmocote, Universol, Peters and Levington. ICL’s Hort Science Online event will be accessible from 21 September.

Modiform develops and produces growing, transport and packaging systems for the horticultural industry based on recycled and recyclable materials.

Silver partners

Teal International supplies quality planters, containers and other ornamental items for the horticultural and gift industry. Over many years, the business has built an extensive database of suppliers in a wide range of materials such as baskets (various materials), wood, zinc, ceramic, glass, hessian and felt plus Christmas decorations.

Whatever your print and marketing needs, Floramedia delivers quality and creativity with a reliable service. With the UK’s largest stock range of plant labels at the ready, a team of in-house graphic designers and horticultural content writers, as well as its very own world-class botanical image library, Floramedia has the solution to grow your business.

New and second-hand machines, service, parts and hire to growers right across the UK are supplied by Warwickshire-based Hortec, whose advice and experience can support your business to make best use of new machinery, incorporating designs and layouts of your existing machines and manpower. Hortec’s hire fleet can help you to fill that short-term capacity gap or give you the chance to try before you buy.

Hortifeeds manufactures in the UK, producing the very highest-quality fertilisers. The wide range of products include water-soluble NPKs, liquid and soluble foliar feeds, biostimulants, organic feeds, wetting agents and trace elements. The company aims to produce and deliver technically advanced, high-quality products and its technically trained sales and agronomy team works face-to-face with individual growers to produce their ideal crop-nutrition solutions.

Le Pepinieries is a premium nurseries group that brings together nine plant specialists from various parts of France (Nantes, Paris, Lyon and Toulouse) covering more than 500ha of land. Each specialist has built up a solid reputation in Europe and is known for its expertise and innovation strength. As a result, the group can offer a wide range of high-quality plants grown under different climates with consistent volumes, from young plants to finished plants. These include magnolias, Japanese maples, Lagerstroemia, mature trees, fruit trees, dwarf conifers, climbers, roses and topiary trees.

William and Alfred Rose have been growing at Fillingham Christmas Trees in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, for more than 30 years and have built up a wealth of experience in tree husbandry, pruning, shaping, weeding and fertilising, which enables them to consistently produce the finest top-quality trees. The aim is to provide a stunning centrepiece. Whether buying in a large bulk order or a single family tree, the criteria is still the same — fresh, quality trees at competitive prices.

Joy of Plants has a 14,000-plus database of plants and more than 200 retail clients, offering a plant finder, website plant data, QR codes, apps and bed cards.


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