Woodlark Nurseries puts poinsettias on show

Woodlark Nurseries ran a tour of its poinsettia crop for a group of customers earlier this month (9 December).

Customers were shown poinsettias of various colours and were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite five colours. 'White Glitter' was scored the highest.

Colin Edwards, managing director of Woodlark, which is part of the Woking Nurseries Group, said the tour was a success. "We gave away a free poinsettia, so that got the numbers up," he said. "It was very well attended - there must have been about 60 or 70 people there."

Edwards said the event, supported by the Hersham branch of Squire's Garden Centres and the Walton and Hersham allotment society, was held to promote UKgrown poinsettias and inspired by the EU-funded Stars for Europe poinsettia marketing scheme. "We are very keen on supporting UK-grown plants and are members of the Home Grown initiative," he said.

He added that the nursery has worked closely with Squires for 30-40 years. "It's one of the best relationships we have," he said. "We do special offers for them and they help us out in difficult years like this one. They are in our core delivery area so they can get orders in three hours. It's a very good relationship."

Woodlark plans a similar event in the summer, again working with the local allotment society, and Edwards said there may be another poinsettia event. "It's difficult to do it in the bedding season but the poinsettia season is fairly organised," he said.

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