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The National Plant Show, it Starts with a pot, and independents' day


National Plant Show


Visitor Registration opens for HTA National Plant Show Visitor registration is now live for the 2014 HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 24 and 25 June 2014. Organised by the trade for the trade, the show, now in its fifth year, provides


visitors with the opportunity to see thousands of plant varieties from over 100 UK growers all under one roof. With its back to basics approach to exhibiting, the show focuses purely on plants at the best time of the year for visitors to plan their ranges for the following season. New plants are at the heart of


the show and last year’s New Plant Awards, sponsored by the RHS, attracted over 90 entries with Clematis ‘Beautiful Bride’ from New Leaf Plants


GCA members were asked to


GCA Rising stars and


inspections


Rising Stars The GCA launched its 2014 Rising Stars programme at its annual conference in Blackpool at the end of January, inviting applications from young garden centre employees.


nominate employees within their businesses who show promise and have the desire to further their careers in garden centre retailing. The GCA Rising Stars


programme, sponsored by Westland and now in its sixth year, has seen many talented people participate and develop as a result. This year, a record number of applications were received and 28 employees of GCA centres from around the


Will Michieli and George Bishop accept their awards


country have been successful and attended a workshop, held at Westland’s facility in Alconbury, in March. This was the first of a series of four such events that will be held during the year. Ian Boardman facilitated the


first ‘Master Class’ which saw the ‘Stars’ working in groups, getting the opportunity to meet colleagues from other centres. The theme of the workshop was merchandising and maximising sales, managing products and hot spots through the seasons. The Stars will then go back to their centres to implement the things they have learned on the day and complete a project to measure the success of the changes they make. A second Master Class workshop will


10 APRIL 2014 / GARDEN CENTRE RETAIL


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