Capel Manor College?s press day was a huge success

Garden Centre Retail visited Capel Manor College?s press day yesterday (16.06.15) for an update on the college?s long term developments. The event was held in the Georgian Manor House and started with an update from the HTA.

Next up was Darby Nursery Stock Limited updating us on their new plant products before Jackson?s fencing briefed us on their new range. Steve Dowbiggin then delivered a presentation on Capel Manor?s College programme and college developments for next year. Dowbiggin explained how the college will make changes to their events and marketing as well as the plans in place for the International Floristry Training School. He continued by highlighting the importance for Horticultural practical?s within the colleges education. Dowbiggin finished by explaining David Domoney?s plans to re-launch the National Gardening Centre in May 2016.

Attendees were invited to view and test Ernest Doe?s latest collection of landscaping equipment which is used by the college?s students and staff.

After a tour of the colleges impressive gardens, Howard Healey of Rhino Rock talked us through his Japanese Garden located within the college grounds and explained Rhino Rock?s passion for Japanese Garden?s designs.

Guests were then invited to the official opening of the new Johnsons Garden which was introduced by Ian Cross. Cross explained how Johnsons ethos was reflected in the garden and gave a brief overview of a new product launching this August. Helen Clayton of Johnsons Seeds cut the ribbon and guests entered into champagne reception.

The day concluded back in Capel House to celebrate the college?s 50 year association with the National Gardeners Scheme by planting a tree in the Perry and Bowles Border, followed by a sit down lunch in the Capel House Ballroom.

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