British flower on show in Bake Off inspired open day

On Wednesday 13th February 2019, Hillier Nurseries hosted a number of trade guests, including garden centre buyers from across the UK for its annual Open Day.

With the glorious late winter sunshine casting warmth and light across the venue – one of the company’s impressive glasshouses near Romsey, Hampshire – there was a clear appetite for British grown plants and many positive discussions about the industry.

Plant ‘recipe’: Lavandula stoechas Collection

During a day that borrowed inspiration from the Great British Bake Off, attendees got the taste for the range of plants available from Hillier Nurseries.

Open Day guests enjoyed the opportunity to get a closer look at new products, including varieties coming in 2020, existing stock ranges and bestsellers. A number of ‘recipes’ for plant collections were presented – such as Low Maintenance plants, plants suitable for a Wildlife Garden and British Grown Shrubs. There was also the opportunity to see the range of Hillier Lavenders that will be arriving in stores very soon.

Plant ‘recipe’: British Grown Shrubs

Guests enjoyed talks on a range of industry topics, including biosecurity, sourcing new plants and tips for successful marketing. A first look was given into progress towards RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – with some guests cleverly spotting the ‘Chelsea corner’ of plants in progress. The HTA also presented on the work the body is doing on behalf of the industry.

Primula veris ‘Victoriana Red’

A day inspired by Bake Off naturally meant plenty of cake was available all day, along with catering from the Hillier restaurant team.

Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’

Sarah Mills, Head of Wholesale at Hillier, commented: “Our Open Day this year was a perfect opportunity to share our passion and knowledge for plants. The event was fully booked and, together with the beautiful weather, there was a really positive buzz throughout. We were very pleased to receive such great feedback from those who came on the Open Day itself and around the quality of our plants and service.”

Prunus armeniaca Apricot

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