The Garden Press Event was held at the Horticultural Halls last Thursday with over 70 companies represented and many well known faces in the gardening world seen walking the aisles – such as Roy Lancaster, Joe Swift, Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Wilson, Nigel Colborn, Peter Seabrook, Matt Biggs and many, many more. It will be very sad to leave this very central position at the Horticultural Halls next year but hopefully the next venue will be warmer; everyone complained how draughty it was! It was a great opportunity to see and meet so many friends and supporters under one roof … Brother, Johnsons Seeds, Bosch, David Austin Roses, Barnsdale Gardens, Squires Garden Centres, Gardens Etc and Bulldog have all pledged their support through 2012. Huge thanks to all.
The Plant Heritage stand was well placed between our much loved BROTHER sponsors and our new sponsors… HOZELOCK. Champagne was flowing on the Hozelock stand throughout the day – the Hozelock team stressed that they didn’t drink a drop, do we believe them?! A little photocall took place at 2.00 in the afternoon to seal our sponsorship deal and to publicise their support of the Threatened Plants Project. For the romantics amongst you, Hozelock are running a Valentine’s competition – tell them what you cherish most about your garden and you could win a gardeners treat.
Jo and Nicola, with our very own friendly Collection Holder, Michael McIllmurray (Maxillaria) spent the day chatting to just about everyone at the Event and handing out our news and press releases to all. Michael brought some highly scented flowers from his beautiful South American orchids and their lovely fragrance drew in the passersby.