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Daisy Nook Garden Centre is up for sale
Hex Living win the GIMA Golf Day as £000's raised for Greenfingers Charity
Burleydam sold to to Carr Farm Garden Centre
Blue Diamond results confirm UK's largest garden centre business by sales
Empathy unveils new livery for 2024
SmashGrill by Grillstream wins Best Gas BBQ award
Kate's 366 Daily Run - June Update
Hillier wins top accolade with Ideal Home Garden Retailer of the Year Award
Blue Diamond Garden Centres create the perfect plant “capsule wardrobe” for garden or outdoor space
British Garden Centres returns to BBC Gardeners' World Live
David Domoney partners with living wall specialists Wonderwall
Greenfingers to create kitchen garden at Chestnut Tree House
Luke Hopkins joins Ascalon
What is the YPHA Launch Success Challenge? And who will be involved?
Why NOVA won’t be attending trade shows this year
Hot Competition at Hot Off The Potting Bench
Meet your new favourite supplier at Glee Home, Gift & Clothing – the home of exclusive & new brands
Top things to do at this month’s HTA National Plant Show
Farplants to unveil trio of award-contending plants for National Plant Show 
Feverfew Garden Company celebrates first birthday
Apta Lightweight proving that change is possible
HTA highlights horticultural excellence at Scone Palace Garden Fair
British Grooms Association and Equestrian Employers Association announce new partnership with Henchman
Summer Showrooms Directory and Plant Sales Vox-Pop in GTN's May issue, read on-line here
Enders – now available in the British and Irish markets
Meat alternatives on the BBQ - a revolution or simply a trend?
EGO Power Plus takes battery charging to next level
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Char-Broil appoints new team to fire up UK business
Stewart launches new balcony planters 
FlowerTrials: Key event of the year for pot and bedding plants
PLANTARIUM|GROEN-Direkt to place new plants in the spotlight
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GCA launches hunt for new inspector
Allensmore announces death of chairman Brian Taylor
Gina Hinde promoted to General Manager at LOFA
Blue Diamond Garden Centres launches Community Garden Competition
Floralsilk’s stunning showroom is a must-see part of your buying journey
SOLEX Exhibition to kick off festivities with Awards Ceremony and Afterparty
Whisk out your tongs: SOLEX's Fire Food & Outdoor Living Evening returns for its second sizzling year
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Hot Competition at Hot Off The Potting Bench

Hot Off The Potting Bench, the new plant feature at BBC Gardeners World Live, this year will display a collection of around 100 new plants, many which will not have been seen by the plant buying public before. 


Organised by the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation, breeders and growers from across the world enter their new introductions and plant varieties, with the opportunity to show those plants off to an industry panel of expert judges, competing for the Peter Seabrook Award for the best new plant in the show. In addition the 90,000 plus visitors to the show, this year will get to walk amongst the plants and cast their own vote for their favourite. Feature organiser Neil Gow, from the Foundation, told gtnXtra “this is a key reason for growers to enter their plants, as the public voting gives a great indication of the likely interest and rate of sale they can expect when the plants hit the benches of garden retail outlets next season.”


Plants are judged in categories including houseplants, annuals and bedding, perennials, shrubs and edibles and will this year include a brand new apple variety named Peter’s Gold which is being launched by Frank P Matthews at the show. Entries are also in from Bransford Webbs, Farplants, Ball Horticulture, Syngenta, MNP Suntory, Allensmore, Kerley & Co, Goldengrove, Peter Beales and many other growers. Entry of new varieties is still possible by contacting the Foundation via their website or 


BBC Gardeners World Live opens it’s door to the public from the 13th to 16th June at the NEC Birmingham, and gtnXtra will be there to photograph the plants, bring you the results and all the latest news. The Gardeners World TV programme will be filmed at the show for first broadcast on Friday evening and will feature a number of the new plants from Hot Off The Potting Bench.


Pictured above: TV  gardener Adam Frost and presenter Nikki Chapman, along with Rachel Seabrook (Peter’s Granddaughter) presenting The Peter Seabrook award to the 2023 winner, rose breeder Chris Warner.


Winner of the Visitors Vote in 2023, Trollius Full Moon, entered by Allensmore Nurseries, bred by Syngenta 

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