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Camellias for early colour

Few hardy shrubs signal the end of winter better than camellias, the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ for February, providing some welcome colour through late winter and into early spring.


Highly valued for their stunning floral displays and fresh, glossy, evergreen foliage and with dozens of varieties available, you’ll be spoilt for choice, so pick from camellias in shades of pink, red, white and cream.

Their ultimate size, habit and rate of growth vary immensely too,

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HTA Technology Conference - Using Technology to grow

The exciting line-up continues to grow for the HTA Technology conference on the 24 February at Cranmore Park, Solihull.

Jo Hailey

Added to the speaking mix is Jo Hailey from Striking Places who will show you how you can create an experience before visitors arrive with a virtual tour of your centre or showroom online with Google Street View technology. Jo's talk will also look at the future of technology and how you can use this

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Minister Praises Horticulture Sector at Parliamentary Launch of Ornamental Horticulture Action Plan

Representatives from across the horticulture industry came together on 19 February for the parliamentary launch of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Action Plan at the Palace of Westminster.


Hosted by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon the event brought together Defra Minister George Eustice MP, members of the Houses of Commons and Lords and representatives from across the horticultural sector.

Mr Eustice, the Government Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment,

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Make the most of HTA Events in 2016

The HTA have issued their events programme for 2016.

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The events which are open to members (preferential rates) and non-members cover a whole range of subject areas including plant health, technology and garden centre catering to strategic business planning, plant retailing and marketing.

HTA Communications Manager Gill Ormrod comments, "We are

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HTA Plant Health Conference - For growers and their customers

The issue of plant health has never been higher on the Government agenda and the stakes have never been higher for industry.

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We face virulent pests and diseases like Xylella, which have strict control measures, extending to the whole supply chain, in order to protect the trade. With this in mind, the HTA, in partnership with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), have developed a one-day conference, which will be held

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Final call for horticultural scholarship applications

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season closes this month. Those who want to apply for a scholarship have just three weeks left to do so before the deadline - 31 January 2016.

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To enter applicants simply need to complete an application form which can be downloaded from the website

The last DCF Scholarship Season saw a total of £14,000 awarded. Don't... Read More >>

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