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Start summer colour with vibrant Pelargoniums

With their vibrant flowers, pretty leaves and rich aromatic scent pelargoniums are highly popular garden plants for the summer, and the Horticultural Trades Associationís (HTA) Plant of the Month for May 2015.

POM 2015 May Pelargonium

Commonly known as geranium, evergreen perennials are extremely popular garden plants.

They come in upright, trailing, climbing, ivy-leaf, 'balcon', rosebud, dwarf varieties and more. They like a sunny aspect and can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, window boxes and borders where they will

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Valentine Warner to be Keynote Speaker at HTA Catering Conference and Dinner

Valentine Warner, TV chef and author, has been announced as the Keynote Speaker on day two of the HTA Catering Conference 2015, which takes place on 9 and 10 June 2015 at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

Catering Conf 2015

Valentine trained as a portrait painter before putting down the brush to pick up the spoon. He worked in London restaurants for eight years under such chefs as Alastair Little and Rose Cararina, before setting up a private catering company Green Pea.

With a strong focus on robust, flavoursome

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Catering Matters: HTA Catering Conference and Dinner 9 - 10 June 2015

An outline programme has been announced for this yearís HTA Catering Conference, sponsored by Vision Commercial Kitchens.

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The conference, complete with conference dinner and exhibition takes place on 9 and 10 June 2015 at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

Hot topics that impact garden centre catering will be top of the agenda in both conference and workshop format. There will be plenty of time for

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Get Loving Your Plot

Over 100 delegates nationwide have gone through the Love Your Plot Masterclasses in the last few weeks.

LTPYG Masterclass delegates

The aim was to help garden centre and nursery teams to use the GIMB research to attract new 30-45 age group customers and construct displays to show them how to use their outdoor spaces for relaxation and fun with family and friends.


Teams discussed some of the theory and opportunities

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New TrustMark tool helps over 65's find trusted landscapers

TrustMark and Age UK have launched a new TrustMark directory to help older people find trusted landscapers more easily.

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The tool which can be found on Age UK's website gives older people a trusted resource to turn to when looking for quality tradespeople by providing them and their families with a selection of vetted traders in their area.

By using the tool the user has the assurance that they are hiring people who have passed the most stringent business and customer service checks, but have also had previous work checked onsite by qualified inspectors.

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HTA National Plant Show - Putting Plants in the Spotlight

With spaces selling fast growers from across the UK are encouraged to sign up to exhibit at this yearís HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 23 and 24 June 2015.

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So far over one hundred companies have signed up to exhibit. These include: Allensmore Nurseries, Anglia Group of Nurseries, Ball Colegrave, Blackmoor Nurseries, Channel Island Plants, David Austin Roses, Farplants, Gardeners Kitchen, Johnsons of Whixley, Kernock Park Plants, Lovania Nurseries, New

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