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Meeting for the Conference Dinner

Spring Conference – Great Speakers, Great Event!

The Spring Conference for BPOA, sponsored by Bulrush and Cambridge HOK, took place last Wednesday (17th January) in the NFU conference centre at Stoneleigh Park. The programme of speakers was a superb mix of technical, business and scientific experts who were fully committed to getting their messages across. All nine presentations were worth the time

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Stratford Manor Exterior

BPOA Spring Conference 2018- Stratford upon Avon

                        BOOKING FORM 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE 2018 This year’s BPOA conference will take place on 17th January at the NFU Conference Suite, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2TZ  (following the AGM and dinner held at the Stratford Manor Hotel and you can see the

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Keep your poinsettia for weeks!

Mexican native Wild in the highlands of Central America, reaching a height of up to five metres, grows a vibrant plant known as Flores de Noche Buena – ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’. Treasured by Mexico’s people, it was first put to use by the Aztecs, adorning temples with its intense symbolism. Steeped in legend,

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traditional Polish cottage garden- polski ogrod

Polski ogrod jaki znamy

Polski ogrod jaki znamy Pewnego leniwego niedzielnego popoludnia odpoczywalam w ogrodzie z moja mama, ktora odwiedza mnie tutaj w Anglii raz do roku. Wyciagajac sie na lezaku zapytalam ja czy moze podlac kwiaty w doniczkach? Moja mama nie zwazajac na upalny dzien wziela sie do pracy. Po chwili zapytala, “dlaczego masz tyle kwiatow w donicach

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Large yellow pack grown Pansy

The time is right for planting your summer bedding……..very soon.

Planting season Its Easter time and you would be forgiven for thinking that the time is right for planting your summer bedding. Its still quite cool so you can do lots of other things to prepare for the planting season. Don’t take on too large projects at once; you’ll remember spring time as a chore-

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Bursary winner Gabor in the nursery

Gabor wins Peter Seabrook Bursary

Gabor Lukoviczki, who is studying at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire, received the £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) – Peter Seabrook Bursary. While studying Production horticulture level 2, Gabor is also working as a grower at Lovania Nurseries. Following his current course, he hopes to go on to complete level 3 and aims to

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BPOA Study Tour group

Home Grown Growers Study Tour USA & Canada

  DAY ONE (Monday 20th February) Growers study tour 2017 starts today with a visit to North West Horticulture on Mt Vernon WA, looking at their production of 4M Hellebores as US partner for Josef Heuger and showing the new variety ‘Ice n’ Roses -Red’. We heard today of the value of LEAN and how

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Peter and Adam Eastwood with one of this year's garden mum plants.

Fourth generation of growers win award

Peter Eastwood Plants of Ditchling in Sussex, was awarded the 2016 Home Grown Grower prize for their promotion of their Home Grown produce to garden centres all over the south east of England. Peter and Adam Eastwood are continuing the business set up by their grandfather just over a century ago and give their plants

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Connor at work on his project

Connor reports on his progress this year

DCF Report – Connor Deacon Nottingham Trent University I must start by thanking the David Colegrave Foundation for the scholarship award I received earlier this year. It has helped in a number of areas; from general student bills, as well as allowing me to participate in a number of events, further my education and broaden

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Jamie ‘S’ gives a first impression of Rakers Acres

First week at Rakers July 24, 2016 Leave a comment (Jamie- Bursary student from 2014 and Bright Spark Award winner from 2015 is working as an intern in Michigan prior to finishing his study in Edinburgh) Wow!! was my initial reaction on my morning tour. With 11 acres of climate controlled greenhouse and almost the same

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