Seasonal Plants Focus Conference
Collaborate, Innovate, Succeed!
Following the success of the first two Bedding Focus conferences in 2010 & 2011, the newly named Seasonal Plants Focus conference - the key event in the seasonal and bedding plant sector for growers and retailers - was held on Thursday 21 November at Young Plants, Stratford-upon-Avon.
This year's programme was packed with insightful speakers including Chris Beytes, Editor of Grower Talks Magazine, Ball Publishing, who explained the evolution of the grower-retailer relationship in America and shared some interesting stories; Nigel Judd from Thompson and Morgan discussed how to create premium products from common species by giving them a special twist to create new sales opportunities; and Joop Kooijman from Keift Seeds, looked at the use of perennials for bedding plant growers.
To supplement the strongly business-focussed programme at the impressive facilities of Young Plants Ltd, the conference this year was preceded by a dinner the night before in Stratford-upon-Avon, with an inspirational after-dinner talk from Boyd Douglas-Davies from The Hillview Group. Both the dinner and the conference will provided an ideal opportunity to get together with colleagues from across the bedding and seasonal plant production sector as well as retailers from across the industry.
Organised by the HTA, Seasonal Plants Focus 2013 was an invaluable and unmissable event for anyone in the sector!