TJM Associates heralds 'tat-free zones' as the future for garden shows

"Tat-free zones" are the future of garden shows, according to show organiser TJM Associates.

Borde Hill Plant Finders Fair at Borde Hill Gardens in West Sussex on 27-29 June will see a return to the plant finders' fair model run by TJM, which was known for the Cottesbrooke Gardeners Fair that ended in June 2012.

Director Therese Lang said the Northamptonshire show attracted 8,000 people, but West Sussex will be more accessible. "Northamptonshire geographically didn't work and Borde Hill is commercially a better area."

The show is capped at 60 exhibitors. TJM is also organising the first GROW London at Hampstead Heath on 20-22 June.

Lang said: "It was hard work to persuade the people we wanted to come with us so we cut the stand rate because we have to get it right first time. It's now £125 per square metre, which is reasonable for a London show." The show will be a "contemporary, curated, edgy, urban" event and a "tat-free zone", she explained. "It's important to have a tough selection panel - that's the future. You have got to meet that expectation."

The nurseries involved include Chris Cooke Plants, D'Arcy & Everest, Dysons Nurseries, Evolution Plants, the Gobbet Nursery, Green's Leaves, Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, Hillview Hardy Plants, Hoyland Plant Centre, Meadowgate Nursery, Nobottle Nursery, Oska Copperfield Nursery, Phoenix Perennial Plants, Plantagogo, Shady Plants, Stonecrop Nurseries, Trewidden Nursery and Wildgoose Nursery. Nursery exhibitors - An extensive collection of RHS Gold Medals

The nursery exhibitors at Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Powderham Castle on 2-3 May can boast more than 100 RHS Gold Medals between them.

The exhibitors include Whetman Pinks, Heucheraolics, Avon Bulbs, Bowdens Hostas, Kelnan Plants, Knoll Gardens, Pennard Plants, Hill House Nursery, Shute Fruit, Maddocks Farm Organics, Groves Nursery, Thornhayes Nursery, Treseders, Pounsley Plants, Phoenix Perennial Plants and Tortworth Plants.

Hill House Nursery owner Raymond Hubbard - who bred Nemesia Bluebird, which has sold under licence all over the world, as well as Crocosmia 'Krakatoa', Plectranthus Sacha, P. Hill House and Phormium Lord Jersey - will be a speaker.


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