We were impressed by the new HTA National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park this week. It got a large proportion of the UK’s major growers together under one roof. There seemed a few prominent companies missing, but perhaps they were waiting to see how the first year worked out.

One of the best features was the new plant competition. It was great to see more than 50 entries covering all types of garden plants. A few creases need to be ironed out (why were some Nemesia varieties classed as annuals whilst others were classed as perennials? Surely it would be better to have a “patio and bedding” class instead) but overall our impression was positive. We’ll be looking to support this further in coming years.

This year, five PFE-managed varieties were in the competition. It is a reflection of the quality of output from our breeders that four of these plants were given awards:

  • Nemesia Framboise (bred by Martine Tellwright) – GOLD
  • Leucanthemum Real Galaxy (Richard Read and Keith Lintott) – SILVER
  • Geum Totally Tangerine (Tim Crowther) – BRONZE
  • Nemesia Mirabelle (Martine Tellwright) – BRONZE

For details on any of these plants, please contact us.