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Minette Batters, NFU President, visits the prize-winning stand at the Gt Yorkshire Show.

Home Grown display wins a prize at the garden show in the Great Yorkshire Show.

Minette Batters, NFU President, visited the prize winning stand on Tuesday to see the combination of edible and ornamental horticultural produce and chat with the builders of the display which was lead by Mike Prest. The object of raising the profile of new plant introductions from BPOA members was discussed as well as the new

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Press Day- trials on view at Grange Nurseries

15th Meadow Croft Festival stays up to the minute!

The 15th Meadow Croft Viola and Pansy Festival opened last week with a Press Day and the welcome return of the evening event, organised by Mike Smith, with a stimulating programme of speakers. The bedding industry is fortunate to have people and companies that are committed to promotion of what they do and the greater

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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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The Great Conservatory- RHS Chatsworth Show

RHS Plant Supply Contract Tender 2018

You can tender for the supply of plants in 2018 using the following documents which may be downloaded here: APPENDIX A Environmental responsibilites APPENDIX B Shows – Terms and Conditions for Services and Deliverables (Chatsworth – Plant Tender) APPENDIX B Shows – Terms and Conditions for Services and Deliverables (Hampton – Plant Tender) APPENDIX B

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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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Pot rose at Aldershot Greenhouses

#Pot Plant Study Tour Ontario

DAY 1- #PotPlantStudyTourOntario We started on the study tour with a bright day leaving Mississauga and visiting Aldershot Greenhouses in Burlington to see their pot rose production. As we came through the work hall, the first thing we saw was the rose sticking machine which allows them to produce up to 3M pots of beautiful,

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Pansy Mottle Syndrome

Pansy Mottle Syndrome AHDB Horticulture funded projects PO 016 and PO 016a, ‘The role of environmental factors in the incidence of Pansy Mottle Syndrome (PaMS)’, undertaken by ADAS, monitored the environmental conditions experienced by batches of pansies from sowing through to dispatch on four different nurseries across the UK, from 2013 – 2015, to identify

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David Finn & Mark Curtis (Tates) receive their award from Simon Davenport (BPOA)

Tates of Sussex wins Home Grown award 2017!

The Home Grown users group presented the Garden Centre of the Year award 2017 to Tates of Sussex, a well established, family company that has been active this year in promoting Home Grown produce. (Here the company’s David Finn and Mark Curtis receive their award from Simon Davenport of the BPOA.) Tates of Sussex Records

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pollinator-bees

Growers controlling pests responsibly

Growers may be experiencing an increase in the number of customers asking questions about pesticide applications on bedding plants, particularly the use of neonicotinoids. This follows reports in the press regarding the banning of Neonicotinoid treated plants in some stores in 2018 and another detailing an unpublished study which claims to show that traces of three

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