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Sam Shepherd receiving award from Tom Hart- Dyke

M&S wins Home Grown Retail Award 2015

                        Marks & Spencer wins the 2015 Home Grown Retail Award for the promotion and support of UK-grown plants and flowers. The BPOA’s Home Grown Users Group has presented the Home Grown Retail Award to Marks & Spencer plc at the National Plant Show,

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Team at Stratford

NFU Countryside teams up with BPOA to promote Home Grown.

This year Countryside invited BPOA to present the Home Grown produce to visitors to the summer shows at Malvern Spring Festival, Blenheim Palace Flower Show and the Stratford Home and Garden Show, where there was also a presentation of the “Love your plot” garden display. Gardening chat The fun in visiting garden shows throughout the

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the Love your plot team at Ally pally

Love your Plot

The first public show this spring was at Alexandra Palace for the ‘Good Life Live’ show and the display of four outdoor living spaces/ garden ideas was well received. Followed up by a weekend at Van Hage Garden Centre  it now goes on tour over the UK for several weeks which coincide with the spring

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Woodland novelty

Primrose Open Days at Burston Nurseries

Visiting the trials at Burston Nurseries in St Albans, you can’t help but be impressed with the Primrose breeding and selections from Rudy Raes including one new variety called ‘Everlast’ (shown here in different pot an pack sizes) Everlast It will flower continuously and withstand temperatures down to -15C according to the breeders. Sten said

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young pinched poinsettia

Christmas Stars – coming soon from a grower near you…

Every year, approximately 3M poinsettia plants are produced in the UK and Ireland. Growers from Edinburgh in the north to New Milton in the south and from Clacton in the east to Co Cork in the west of Ireland are busy with the tricky job of bringing a beautiful flowering poinsettia to the homes of

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Home Grown Poinsettia Retailer of the Year

We congratulate Sainbury’s, winner of the first Home Grown Poinsettia Retailer of the Year which was presented by Meurig Raymond, President of the NFU to Simon Hinks of Sainsburys. Meurig commented that he was pleased to see the cooperation between British growers and supermarkets in promoting the best in Home Grown produce. Accepting the award,

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Jamie, 2014 BPOA/ Peter Seabrook bursary student, plans his study travels in Holland

  The lucky, first recipient of the BPOA- Peter Seabrook Bursary is Jamie Satterthwaite, a 20 year old, second year BSc Horticulture student from Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, 7½ miles west of Paisley. Jamie studies in Edinburgh at the SRUC (formerly SAC), Scotland’s Rural College and lives in Broughton Road, close to the Edinburgh Botanic

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Gardening with a hosepipe ban

How to garden during a drought with a hosepipe ban. When the sun shines and spring is in the air, many of us are tempted into the garden once more. Lovely warm weather makes everyone want to be outdoors. You want to enjoy the colours and beautiful forms of the plants you have chosen for

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