Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, will represent the UK at the autumn edition of PLANTARIUM|GROEN-Direkt, the Green Retail Fair in the Netherlands, on 23 August.
The event brings together growers and breeders of unique plants to showcase their exciting innovations, in a celebration of the European horticultural industry.
Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director at Dobbies, will sit on the panel to judge the Best Market Innovation award. Representatives from the European horticulture community will also join the judging panel, including Jardiland of France, Plantasjen of Norway, Dehner of Germany and Netherland’s very own Intratuin.
Marcus’ career spans three decades with experience in store management, plant buying as well as running his own chain of centres. Marcus joined Dobbies over 6 years ago, directing the horticultural team across the UK, and last year, spearheaded the project that won the RHS Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as well as multiple stand awards.
Marcus Eyles, Horticulture Director at Dobbies, said: “It is an exciting time for our industry and every year PLANTARIUM|GROEN-Direkt provides a fantastic opportunity for growers and breeders showcase their innovative creations. I am extremely honoured that they have selected me to sit on the judging panel. At Dobbies we are committed to sourcing and creating the best quality products for our customers and I am looking forward to a great event that will showcase the very best producers and inspire us for months to come.”