HTA Virtual New Plant Awards Winners 2020

HTA are delighted to announce that Apple ‘Trinity’ from Frank P Matthews has been crowned Best in Show at the New Plant Awards 2020.


The 2020 judging panel included  Matthew Biggs (gardener, writer and broadcaster); Tamsin Westhorpe (Co-chair of The Garden Media Guild); Lesley Watson (Director of New Hopetoun Gardens & RHS Show Garden Judge); Jonathan Savage (General Manager for Scotsdales Garden Centres) and Ian Hodgson (Editor at Large for Garden News Magazine, garden writer & broadcaster) with the HTA’s Director of Membership, Martin Simmons, and Horticulture Manager, Pippa Greenwood, overseeing.


Winner of the Virtual Visitor Vote, with an astonishing 306 votes (33% of the total) was Anemone FP007 ‘Frilly Knickers’ from Fairweather’s Nursery.


Head Judge, Matthew Biggs, said:

“We were overwhelmed by the response to our call for entries to the New Plant Awards this year, especially when the industry is facing such difficulties. It is testament to the hard work and resilience of our UK growers that they have stepped up to the challenge and presented some wonderful new plants for us all to enjoy. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Frank P Matthews and Fairweather’s Nursery for producing the overall winners, and our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered.”


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Autumn 2020 will be the new spring for lawncare categories, says Johnsons Lawn Seed

Garden retailers are set to benefit from one of the most lucrative autumns that the lawncare category has ever experienced – with significant opportunities to drive footfall and growth, according to Johnsons Lawn Seed.


The UK’s oldest grass seed supplier says three novel influences are set to combine, resulting in heightened potential to maximise revenue from lawncare departments: a new generation of younger consumers who discovered gardening for the first time during the spring lockdown; gardeners looking to sow and feed lawns who were unable to obtain product while garden centres remained closed in spring, and shoppers who found that their lawns were damaged by the early season drought and are seeking to repair turf before winter.


Here, Johnson’s Lawn Seed’s Consumer Manager, Guy Jenkins, looks at how Johnsons Lawn Seed is rising to the challenge of catering for a rapidly changing lawncare sector:

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Light & Living of the Netherlands acquires the business and assets of Parlane International Ltd


Light & Living (Lightmakers B.V.) of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that it has purchased the business and assets of Parlane International Ltd. Founded 50 years ago, Parlane is widely recognised as one of the leading UK brands offering exclusive home decor accessories, homewares, as well as extraordinarily realistic faux flowers.


Parlane’s range of exclusively designed and sourced products, along with its long history of offering handcrafted, traditionally produced items perfectly complement Light & Living’s collection. The combination will ensure that UK retailers have an even wider range of products to choose from out of a collection designed to be on-trend, affordable and of high quality.


“We are thrilled to partner with Parlane’s team in Light & Living’s new phase of growth in the UK & Irish market. We are very excited for the future of both brands. We are committed to offer our UK & Irish customers the most comprehensive collection of products and look forward to working closely with the Parlane team going forward” said Robin Vlug, CEO of Light & Living.




Contemporary gifts from Posh Paws

Whether it’s a gift for a special someone, a friend or family member, Posh Paws have a range of high-quality, contemporary plush toys that are suitable for a variety of occasions!


For those looking for an on-trend alternative to traditional gift ideas, look no further than Swizzels Love Hearts collection from Posh Paws. The range is full of brightly coloured ‘characters’, each with their own individual message and offer the perfect pick-me-up plush toys. Best-sellers include Alan the Avocado, Betty the Bunny and Mikey the Monkey from their current range. New for the summer season, Posh Paws have introduced an entertaining new range of ‘Foodie Friends’, with topical and fun messages including; “Donut Worry”, “Fries Before Guys” and “Have a slice day”. There really is Love Hearts gift for everyone and every occasion!

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