Gearing up for the fifth HTA National Plant Show

There?s just over a week to go until the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, opens its doors for the fifth time on 24 and 25 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.?

The show, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year, provides a showcase for UK plant suppliers from seed, plug and liner suppliers to specimen plants and trees. Visitors will be able to see thousands of plant varieties from over 100 UK growers under one roof.

The HTA National Plant Show offers an array of inspirational special features to enable visitors to get the most out of the show. These include:

A New Plant Area which hosts the New Plant Awards, sponsored by the RHS, and showcases the best in new plant introductions from UK plant suppliers. There have been a record number of entries this year across the five award categories (annuals, herbaceous perennials, house plants, trees & conifers, and shrubs & climbers) putting this at the heart of the show. The Visitor Vote, sponsored by Floramedia, will also provide the chance for visitors to vote for their favourite new plants to decide for themselves.

The Seminar Area, sponsored by Barclaycard,?which will host three diverse and captivating talks over the course of the show themed around getting the next generation interested in plants. Speakers include horticulturalist and broadcaster Chris Collins,?David Arnold from the Garden Industry Marketing Board and Steve Jones from ReSharpen.

The British Plant Fair Marketplace, sponsored by Container Centralen, gives visitors the opportunity to view shelf samples from many of the growers exhibiting at the show. Buyers simply make one order of any combination of stock and it will be delivered the week after the show in one load with one delivery note and one invoice.

ProVaR will be showcasing a range of new varieties for the UK trade that represent the best breeding from around the world. ProVaR is a not for profit organisation established to promote protected plants to its members in the UK and to collect royalties. It represents 17 breeders and 187 plants from the UK and Europe offering the widest range of protected plants available to UK growers in a single catalogue.

The Garden Industry Marketing Board stand will reveal more information about the cross industry campaign which is aimed at encouraging 30-45 year olds to make greater use of and enjoy their outdoor space. Delegates are encouraged to visit the stand and discover how you can become involved in this exciting new campaign and how it can benefit your business.

Over the two days of the Show a selection of HTA Staff, Council Representatives and Advice Line Providers will be on the HTA Members’ Hub stand ready to answer visitor questions on subjects ranging from regional issues and policy activity to market research and renewable energy. Full details of who will be available and when can be found on the website?

Visitors are advised to arrive early in order to take full advantage of all the show has to offer and register in advance on line. They can download the HTA National Plant Show App, sponsored by Garden Connect, which provides all the latest information on the Show direct to their phone in order for to stay up to date on the move.

Exhibitors are encouraged to get snapping for the ‘Plant Selfies’ photo competition with visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourites! Simply take a photo on your phone or digital camera and email it to? stating your name, company, email and category.

New for 2014 is a comments board where visitors can leave their feedback on the show, what they liked, what they didn?t like and anything in-between!

The HTA National Plant Show Team can be contacted on Twitter?@HTAplantshow,?email? phone 0118 930 3132. For further information about the show visit?


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